Improved access for Kylerhea hides

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More visitors will now be able to enjoy the wildlife they can see from two hides at Kylerhea (Skye), thanks to a £37k carpark upgrade.

Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Otter Hide, and the smaller Eagle Hide, which is run in partnership with RSPB Scotland, are served by the same car park and, like many places on Skye, have struggled to cope with the sheer number of visitors.

The upgrade means that the newly landscaped carpark has doubled in size and can now accommodate 19 cars including two ‘blue badge’ spaces, making the hides much more accessible.

Additional picnic tables and upgraded signage have also been put in place.

Jack Mackay, visitor Services manager for the FES team in the area, said;

“The Otter Hide is a hugely popular spot all year round and we welcome hundreds of visitors every year but when the Eagle Hide is also open in the summer, things can get a bit hectic on a busy day!

“There is a stunning array of wildlife to see - anything from golden eagles, white tailed sea eagles, to seals and porpoises.

“Extending the car parking facilities will certainly improve access and let more people enjoy this amazing site, especially less mobile visitors.  

“The works will not only benefit visitors but, by helping to cut roadside parking, will also improve traffic flow for all road users.”

The Otter Hide is unstaffed and is open all year round, whilst the Eagle Hide is open in the summer months and is staffed by RSPB Scotland guides.

Alison MacLennan, RSPB Scotland’s Senior Conservation Officer on Skye, said;

“Both of the hides are really popular in the summer months and parking has been a bit of a bug-bear, especially when the sun’s out and the visitors all come at once! It used to be quite frustrating for visitors.

“Improving the car parking improves the access for visitors who will now be able to arrive in the best frame of mind to appreciate the superb wildlife spectacles that are a daily occurrence at Kylerhea.”

As well as giving visitors a fantastic opportunity to view the behaviours of animals and birds in the wild – particularly white-tailed sea eagles -, the Eagle Hide staff also run activity days and guided evening walks in the summer.

Notes to editors

  1. Forest Enterprise Scotland is an agency of the Forestry Commission and manages the National Forest Estate on behalf of Scottish Ministers.
  2. Tha Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba na phàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh na h-Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba. Tha e an urra ri riaghladh agus cumail maoineachadh is comhairle ri coilltearachd ann an Alba. Tha Iomairt Choilltean na h-Alba na fo-bhuidheann aig Coimisean na Coilltearachd Alba a tha a’ ruith Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta.
  3. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forest Enterprise Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.