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Most of our visitor centres, car parks and mountain bike trails are now open. Check what’s open near you before you travel and enjoy your visit safely.


Where we are

Forest notice

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.
  • Toilets are closed while we work to make them safe for you to use. A phased reopening of our public toilet facilities began on Monday, 20 July 2020. For now, please “go before you go” and check helpful apps or websites to find toilets that are open nearby.

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.

The wildlife hide is also closed.

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.

From Monday to Friday, pop into the Eagle Hide (right next to the car park) and catch up with our friends from RSPB Scotland.

Our guide to the Isle of Skye

Our guide to the Isle of Raasay

Walking trails


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.

1 ¼ miles / 2.1 km

¾ hour

More information

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 & access

Easy-access facilities
Easy-access facilities

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).

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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