Visit dramatic Kinloch
Kinloch forest is being returned to native woodland so there's lots of wildlife to see and hear, as well as dramatic views over the Sound of Sleat towards the mountains of Knoydart. You can follow an old drove road to the abandoned farming township of Leitir Fura where people made their living from the land and the sea – including smuggling!
If you're visiting this area download the full Kyleakin and Kinloch Hills leaflet. The Isle of Skye leaflet gives an overview of all the trails on Skye, and if you're thinking of crossing the water to Raasay, the Isle of Raasay leaflet will help you plan your day.
The nearest place for public toilets or a cup of tea is Broadford, about 7 miles (11.2 km) away.
Please note, there will be some restrictions to access this trail between late November 2015 and spring 2016. This is for tree cutting work. Diversions will be signposted.
Follow an old drovers road to reach the abandoned township of Leitir Fura. There are magnificent views across the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart.
Long steep slopes for up to 600m. Largely firm but uneven gravel surface. Some grassy and potentially muddy sections. Includes two bridges, shallow fords and some low branches.
4 ½ miles / 7.2 km Allow 3 hours
The people of Sleat drove their cattle along this route to the narrows of Kylerhea, where the animals swam the short distance to the mainland. The old drove road continues, without waymarkers, along the coast beyond Leitir Fura to the crossing point. Take a map, food and waterproofs if you'd like to explore.
Mountain biking trails
Kinloch was once home to many Gaelic-speaking families who worked on Kinloch farm and lived in the township of Leitir Fura. You can hear some of their stories and songs on listening posts in the forest.
How to get here
From the Skye Bridge head towards Broadford on the A87. Take a sharp left turn at Skulamus, about 5¾ miles (9.2 km) from the bridge, and follow the A851 for 4¾ miles (7.6 km). The entrance to the car park will be on your left at grid reference NG 703 161.
IV43 8QY is the nearest postcode.
This corner of Skye has vibrant native woodlands and superb views. Visit the Forestry Commission Scotland otter hide at Kylerhea for a close encounter with Skye's marine wildlife, or climb the Hill o' the Fox at Kyleakin for panoramic views across Skye, Raasay and Applecross. There are absorbing forest trails in Glen Brittle and on Raasay too.
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