COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
Listen for woodland wildlife, or Gaelic stories and songs
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, once home to many Gaelic-speaking families who worked on Kinloch farm. They made their living from the land and the sea – including smuggling! You can hear some of their stories and songs on listening posts in the forest.
Leitir Fura Trail
Follow an old drovers road to reach the abandoned township of Leitir Fura. There are magnificent views across the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart.
Long steep slopes for up to 600m. Largely firm but uneven gravel surface. Some grassy and potentially muddy sections. Includes two bridges, shallow fords and some low branches.
Allow 3 hours
The people of Sleat drove their cattle along this route to the narrows of Kylerhea, where the animals swam the short distance to the mainland. The old drove road continues, without waymarkers, along the coast beyond Leitir Fura to the crossing point. Take a map, food and waterproofs if you'd like to explore.
Facilities & access
The nearest place for public toilets or a cup of tea is Broadford, about 7 miles (11.2 km) away.
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.
IV43 8QY is the nearest postcode.
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