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Brochel

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Enjoy your visit safely:

  • Read our Covid-19 Information in advance of your visit.
  • Most of our forests and facilities are open, but use our website to check before you travel.
  • Do not light campfires or use disposable barbecues.
  • Park considerately, taking care not to park on verges or block gates or roads.

About

Stunning sea views, coastal trails and island heritage

Brochel wood is in the north of Raasay close to the start of Calum's Road. The ruins of Brochel Castle, a MacLeod stronghold built over 500 years ago, are also nearby.

Poverty and the cruel decisions of landlords forced many people in the north of Raasay to seek new lives elsewhere. You can take a trail to the abandoned settlements of Screapadal, movingly remembered in Sorley MacLean's Gaelic poetry. 

While the ruggedness and remoteness of this wonderful little island is a primary reason to visit, it does mean facilities are limited. You'll need a car or bike to travel the 7 miles from the ferry terminal to Brochel (don't forget to top up your fuel - there's no petrol station here). It's also worth packing some clothes for all weathers and a packed lunch, just in case!

Our guide to the Isle of Raasay

Walking trails (1)

Walking

Screapadal Trail

Follow Raasay’s wild eastern shore to discover the ruins of a village abandoned during the Clearances. Wonderful views across the Inner Sound towards Applecross.

Uneven gravel and grassy surface, with some narrow and muddy sections. One long fairly steep slope. Includes two gates and some shallow fords.

Strenuous trail grade icon
3 miles / 4.8 km

Allow
2 hours

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Raasay-born Sorley MacLean wrote a moving Gaelic poem about the natural beauty of Screapadal and the eviction of its inhabitants in the 19th century.

The unwaymarked route through regenerating woodlands is rough in places, but Screapadal's unexpected tranquillity is worth the effort. The onward coastal path to Hallaig in the south of the island is strenuous and difficult to follow. To continue you should have an OS map, boots and waterproofs.

Facilities and access

Walking
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Ancient monument
Ancient monument

Facilities on Raasay

There's no bus on the island, so to explore the north end of Raasay you'll need a bike or a car. There's no petrol station either, so make sure you have enough fuel.

You'll enjoy the island more if you have boots, clothes for all weathers and an OS map. If you're visiting for the day, bring food too as you may not be near somewhere to eat when you need it. There are public toilets at the ferry terminal as you arrive.

Car parking information

There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.

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Getting here

The ferry for Raasay leaves from Sconser on the east coast of Skye and arrives on Raasay about a mile (1.6 km) from the village of Inverarish.

To reach Brochel wood, take the road from the ferry terminal and follow the signs to Inverarish village. At Henderson's Bridge take the left hand fork to Arnish. The forest entrance and car park is 7½ miles (12 km) along this road.

You can also park at Brochel Castle, ½ mile (800 metres) further on.

Using SatNav?

IV40 8PF is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There is no public transport on Raasay. To get to the north you will need a car or bike.

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Nearby forests

Forested slope with large mountains beyond at Inverarish

Four intriguing forest trails to inspire the senses 

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Ancient monument
Ancient monument
Distance from 'Brochel': 6.02 miles
View over forest and loch at Strome Wood

Enjoy panoramic views over Loch Carron

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Brochel': 12.75 miles
Clear water showing stones beneath

A quiet forest for birdwatching and stargazing

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Brochel': 12.80 miles

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