Get acquainted with Skye at Glen Brittle
High above Glen Brittle is a large area of mature woodland with superb elevated views over the majestic Cuillin Ridge and a great circuit of forest roads to explore. You can walk or cycle on a long circular trail over the Bealach Brittle to peaceful Loch Eynort, where estuary birds come to feed on the mudflats and sea eagles fish.
When the weather's unsuitable for the mountains, or you're looking for a satisfying day out, Glen Brittle forest is a good option.
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A quiet loop starting from the edge of Loch Eynort, or as part of the Bealach Brittle Loop. Great for views out onto the loch and hills and watch sea birds.
A firm well surfaced forest road, than can be uneven in places and wet after rain. Can be fairly steep for long gradients.
5 ½ miles / 8.8 km Allow 3 hours
Loch Eynort is a peaceful place with excellent bird watching all year round. White-tailed sea eagles sometimes visit from nearby Rum.
There used to be a Forestry Commission nursery here which produced young trees for experimental plots. So don't be surprised to see a few exotic eucalyptus trees among the conifers.
Sea kayakers and canoeists are welcome to use our kayak launch. Contact us for details.
Bealach Brittle Loop
A long circuit, with views out over Glen Brittle, the Cuillins and the bay of Loch Aineort. Good for exploring Skye without venturing into the hills.
A generally firm and smooth forest road, with occasional slightly rough sections. A generally moderate gradient, with some long steep climbs.
9 miles / 14.4 km Allow 5 hours
Mountain biking trails
Enjoy Glen Brittle forest from two directions. The main car park is in Glenbrittle near the Fairy Pools – a series of gorgeous aquamarine pools fed by the icy-cold waters of the Cuillin mountains. The pools are not on Forestry Commission ground but you are welcome to park here while you visit.
The second car park is in quiet Glen Eynort, on the other side of the hill. There's a kayak launch here and a pleasant lochside trail with excellent bird spotting and some unusual tree species.
Many people use the Fairy Pools car park when walking or climbing in the Black Cuillin. These demanding mountains will challenge you physically and mentally, so you should only consider walking here if you are fit, experienced and fully-equipped. Check our advice on hillwalking and choose a route that suits your abilities.
How to get here
From the Skye Bridge take the A87 north to Sligachan and turn left onto the A863 towards Dunvegan. After about 5 miles (8 km) turn left onto the B8009 for Glenbrittle.
Before you reach Carbost, turn sharply left again onto a single track road which winds over the hill to Glenbrittle. Continue for 4½ miles (7.2 km) until you see the Fairy Pools car park on your right, at grid reference NG 423 258.
To reach the Loch Eynort car park, stay on the B8009 and turn left for Talisker. At Merkadale turn left again for Eynort. The car park is on the left hand side of the loch at grid reference NG 383 264.
IV47 8TA is the nearest postcode.
There is no public transport to Glen Brittle or Loch Eynort.
There are many forest trails on Skye and Raasay. Download our Isle of Raasay leaflet to find out more. The nearby Black Cuillin mountains are Britain's most dramatic mountain range and every climber's dream!
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