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All images courtesy of Hans

This beach is accessible by boat or by the gulley at Ketligill Head - a rope is advised in wet weather.

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Lang Ayre

Significance: a 1 km stretch of beach with very high rates of sediment supply from erosion of the backing cliffs

The beach receives material by rockfall, rock slides and debris flows from the friable and highly fractured granite slopes above. A large rock slide occurred in 1998 but the debris was almost entirely removed by 2000. The gulls at the top of the cliff indicate that this cliff is susceptible to major rock slope failures.

The beach consists of a mixture of rounded and highly angular stones, very largely of granite.