Woodland trails and sweeping views over Skye's hills and islands


Start your adventure at Kyleakin

Two trails lead to the summit of Cnoc a' Mhadaidh-ruaidh (the hill of the fox), where there are superb open views over the island and Raasay all the way to the Cuillin mountains. It's an easy walk here from Kyleakin village or across the Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh. If you want to get close to nature and see Skye, this is a great place to start!

If you're thinking of crossing the water to Raasay, the Isle of Raasay leaflet will help you plan your day.

Walking Viewpoint


There's limited parking at the start of the trails, but plenty in Kyleakin village less than a mile (1.6 km) away.

Life's essentials

The nearest public toilets and eating places are in Kyleakin (less than a mile / 1.6 km) away or over the Skye Bridge in Kyle of Lochalsh (1½ miles / 2.4 km) away.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

From Cnoc a' Mhadaidh-ruaidh you have excellent views of Eilean Bàn – the tiny island where writer and naturalist Gavin Maxwell once lived. The island is managed by the Eilean Bàn Trust. You can find out more at the Bright Water Centre in Kyleakin or by walking over the Skye Bridge to see the place yourself.

Contact: Forest Enterprise Scotland

Address: Tower Road, Smithton, Inverness

Postcode: IV2 7NL

Telephone: 0300 067 6100


How to get here

From the Skye Bridge go straight over the first roundabout and continue uphill. Almost immediately on your right you'll see parking for two or three cars and the start of the trails. The grid reference here is NG 743 263.

Using SatNav?

IV41 8PH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Buses stop in Kyleakin and connect with Fort William and Inverness. You can also take a train to Kyle of Lochalsh from Inverness. Regular buses run from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin, or you can walk the 1½ miles (2.4 km) from the railway station to the trails. You'll find timetable details at Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

This corner of Skye has lots of outdoor things to do. Get to know Skye's marine wildlife at the Kylerhea otter hide or explore an abandoned village at Kinloch. There are absorbing forest trails in Glen Brittle and on Raasay too.

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