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We are working hard to make our forests safe again after recent storms. Many remain closed; please plan ahead and follow all local signage.

Kinloch

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Forests all across Scotland have been seriously affected by recent storms. We are doing everything we can to make our forests safe for visitors, communities, forest businesses and our staff. However, many of our forests remain closed while others have significant diversions and access restrictions for the foreseeable future. Please keep safe and follow all closure notices and safety signage.

  • Essential repairs are currently taking place to the gravel road down to the public car park. At points during this work, the road will need to be closed to vehicles. We apologies for any inconvenience and aim to complete works by 7 May.  

About

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.

Kinloch route card (PDF)

Walking trails (1)

Walking

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.

Strenuous trail grade icon
4 ½ miles / 7.2 km

Allow
3 hours

More information

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 and access

Walking
Walking
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Parking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint

Life's essentials

The nearest place for public toilets or a cup of tea is Broadford, about 7 miles (11.2 km) away.

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

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.

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IV43 8QY is the nearest postcode.

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Nearby forests

Otter on rocks at Kylerhea

The perfect place for a bit of otter-spotting

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Toilets
Toilets
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Parking
Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide
Distance from 'Kinloch': 4.68 miles
Clear water showing stones beneath

A quiet forest for birdwatching and stargazing

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
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Parking
Picnic area
Picnic area
Distance from 'Kinloch': 6.00 miles
Forest with sea beyond in sunlight at Kyleakin

Wander woodland trails for sweeping views across Skye

Facilities and activities
Walking
Walking
Viewpoint
Viewpoint
Distance from 'Kinloch': 6.44 miles

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