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Glen Brittle

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Glen Brittle Forest Notices

COVID-19 has changed lots of things we do. And as we re-open the majority of our facilities and welcome more of you back in Phase 3, we need your help to do it safely. Please check what’s open before you travel; enjoy your visit safely by following NHS and Scottish Government guidance; take your litter home with you; and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and normal charges (if any) now apply.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

Panoramic views over the Cuillins and Loch Eynort

High above Glen Brittle is a large area of mature woodland with superb elevated views over the majestic Cuillin Ridge and a great circuit of forest roads to explore. You can walk or cycle on a long circular trail over the Bealach Brittle to peaceful Loch Eynort, where estuary birds come to feed on the mudflats and sea eagles fish.

You can explore Glen Brittle forest from two directions. The main car park is in Glenbrittle near the Fairy Pools – a series of gorgeous aquamarine pools fed by the icy-cold waters of the Cuillin mountains. This is one starting point for those planning on climbing the Black Cuillin. Be aware these demanding mountains will challenge you physically and mentally, so you should only consider walking here if you are fit, experienced and fully-equipped. Check our advice on hillwalking and choose a route that suits your abilities.

The second car park is in quiet Glen Eynort, on the other side of the hill. There's a kayak launch here, and a pleasant lochside trail with excellent bird spotting and some unusual tree species.

Our guide to the Isle of Skye 

Walking trails


Eynort Loop

A quiet loop starting from the edge of Loch Eynort, or as part of the Bealach Brittle Loop. Great for views out onto the loch and hills and watch sea birds.

A firm well surfaced forest road, than can be uneven in places and wet after rain. Can be fairly steep for long gradients.

5 ½ miles / 8.8 km

3 hours

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Loch Eynort is a peaceful place with excellent bird watching all year round. White-tailed sea eagles sometimes visit from nearby Rum.

There used to be a Forestry Commission nursery here which produced young trees for experimental plots. So don't be surprised to see a few exotic eucalyptus trees among the conifers.

Sea kayakers and canoeists are welcome to use our kayak launch. Contact us for details.

Getting here

From the Skye Bridge take the A87 north to Sligachan and turn left onto the A863 towards Dunvegan. After about 5 miles (8 km) turn left onto the B8009 for Glenbrittle.

Before you reach Carbost, turn sharply left again onto a single track road which winds over the hill to Glenbrittle. Continue for 4½ miles (7.2 km) until you see the Fairy Pools car park on your right.

To reach the Loch Eynort car park, stay on the B8009 and turn left for Talisker. At Merkadale turn left again for Eynort. The car park is on the left hand side of the loch.

Using SatNav?

IV47 8TA is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

There is no public transport to Glen Brittle or Loch Eynort.

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