Thursday, 15 February 2024
The low stone walls and earthen banks of a post-medieval township were recently discovered in Glen Brittle Forest on the Isle of Skye during an environmental check ahead of harvest...
You can explore Glen Brittle forest from two directions depending on your chosen activity. Our car park is located within the quiet Glen Eynort where you will find a kayak launch and access to the Eynort Loop, a pleasant lochside trail with excellent bird spotting and some unusual tree species.
The upper portion of the loop gives elevated views across peaceful Loch Eynort, where estuary birds feed on the mudflats and sea eagles come to fish. You can walk or cycle further on a great circuit of forest roads over the Bealach Brittle to the other side of the hill, for superb views over the majestic Cuillin Ridge.
The other access point is from the community-owned car park 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.
We are felling trees adjacent to the trail during the winter. Please look out for lorries and working machinery and follow all safety signage. We hope to be finished by April 2024.
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.
Allow 3 hours
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.
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.
IV47 8TA is the nearest postcode.
There is no public transport to Glen Brittle or Loch Eynort.
A quiet forest for birdwatching and stargazing
Three intriguing forest trails to inspire the senses