We couldn’t come to the Isle of Skye and not visit the amazing dinosaur footprints at An Corran beach by Staffin. Remarkably, the footprints were only discovered in 2002 when the sand was washed away after a storm.
The footprints can be found on rocky outcrops, so be sure to visit at low tide and have your eagle eyes in! They can be tricky to spot at first but once you find one, then that’s it and you can see there are loads more footprints in the area!
The footprints belonged to a type of carnivorous dinosaur similar to a megalosaurus. We measured out on the beach how big it would have been, and our son was big-eyed and amazed. It’s really exciting to find the footprints, and imagine that there were dinosaurs right there in that spot, from a very long time ago (roughly 175 million years ago).
As we went in the depths of winter, we weren’t able to visit the local dinosaur museum but we did hear only good things about it so will probably visit again if we’re in the area during the summer months.
An empty beach, a head full of imagination and what if’s and walking in dinosaur footprints meant there was only one thing left to do – run on the beach and play banana tig!
- Location: Isle of Skye, Scotland
- Nearest town: Staffin
- There is car parking next to the beach, alongside the information board with helpful pointers to dinosaur footprints.
- The Skye Guide website provides further info about this beach and other areas worth visiting.