Island views and star gazing where the sea meets the forest


Birdwatch at Broadford

This quiet forest, just north of Broadford, has gentle views over Scalpay, Pabay and the Crowlin Islands. There are no waymarked trails but you can explore the forest roads and paths along the rocky shoreline. Linger with a picnic and enjoy the views over Camus na Sgianadin, a sheltered, shell-filled bay where many visiting and resident birds come to feed.

The forest's lack of light pollution makes it perfect for viewing the night sky. It’s one of nine locations on Skye selected for Dark Sky Skye.

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Life's essentials

The nearest public toilets and places to eat are in Broadford.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

A wide range of birds stop to feed along this short stretch of coast, making it one of the most visited and interesting bird watching locations on Skye. You can find out which birds are visiting this area and report your own sightings at Skye Birds.

The people of Broadford are creating an exciting new woodland on the eastern side of the forest. Become a member of the Broadford and Strath Community Company and volunteer your time and skills for tree planting, fundraising and path maintenance. Or come and enjoy new trails through young trees.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From Broadford travel north on the A87 for 1½ miles (2.4 km). The car park is on your left just beyond the cemetery, at grid reference NG 625 254.

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The nearest postcode is in Broadford, at IV49 9AP.

Public transport

The nearest bus stop is in Broadford, 1½ miles (2.4 km) away. Bus services run from Broadford to Portree and Armadale.

Nearby places

Get close to Skye's marine wildlife at the Kylerhea otter hide, explore an abandoned village at Kinloch or climb The Hill of the Fox at Kyleakin. There are absorbing forest trails in Glen Brittle and on Raasay too.

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