Woodland wildlife and Gaelic culture beside the Sound of Sleat


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.


  • A footbridge on  the old drove road (top track )has to be temporarily closed due to being found unsafe, however diversions are in place which still allow access to the Leitir Fura village. In particularly wet weather this route is not recommended as the diversion may be impassible and we recommend using the lower forest road to access Leitir Fura village.

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Life's essentials

The nearest place for public toilets or a cup of tea is Broadford, about 7 miles (11.2 km) away.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

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.

Contact: Inverness, Ross and Skye Forest District

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


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.

Using SatNav?

IV43 8QY is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

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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