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The perfect place for a bit of otter-spotting

This is one of the best places in Britain to spot otters and other marine mammals.

The sheltered hide is easy to get to, along a short, interesting trail. Inside you'll find fascinating facts about otters, dolphins, sharks and more.

All sorts of mammals have swum in the sea around Kylerhea – including cows! Kylerhea was once an important crossing for drovers taking cattle to mainland markets. Today it's a peaceful place where you can test your knowledge on the marine mammal trail and enjoy stunning views across to Glenelg.

Walking trails

Kylerhea route card (PDF)

Walking

Marine Mammal Trail

A short walk along the shore to a viewing hide overlooking Kyle Rhea, one of the best places in Britain for spotting otters.

Wide, firm gravel surface throughout, with uneven and occasionally muddy sections. Includes some short fairly steep slopes.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km

Allow
¾ hour

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Most people visit the hide hoping to see an elusive otter in the wild – and many patient and lucky people do! But there's also a good chance of seeing some of Skye's other amazing wild creatures – from seals and porpoises to Britain's largest bird of prey, the white-tailed sea eagle.

Facilities and access

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Toilets
Toilets
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Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities
Wildlife hide
Wildlife hide

Grab a cuppa

The nearest place for a cup of tea is Broadford on Skye, 10½ miles (16.8 km) away, or Glenelg on the mainland (you'll need to take the summer ferry from Kylerhea to Glenelg).

As of April 2022 the toilets and hide are now open. The toilets close for the winter on October 31 2022, but the hide will remain open year-round.

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 take the A87 east for 3 miles (4.8 km) and turn left along a steep and winding unclassified road to Kylerhea. After about 6½ miles (7.4 km) and just before Kylerhea, turn left on a small track to reach the car park.

Using SatNav?

IV42 8NH is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

A summer ferry runs between Kylerhea and Glenelg on the mainland and is a great way to approach the forest. The car park is ½ mile (800 metres) from the slipway on the right.

The nearest bus stop is in Glenelg on the mainland, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Glenelg ferry terminal. You'll find timetable details at Traveline Scotland.

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0300 067 6100 (option 1)
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