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The forests of Skye and Raasay are set in a stirring landscape of jagged mountains, deeply indented sea lochs and gentle coastal fringes. They have trails for all energy levels, fabulous views and some of the islands' best places to see wildlife.

Mountain tops partially hidden in sunlit clouds

And what amazing wildlife it is! Top of any list is a visit to the otter hide in Kylerhea, but keep your eyes on the skies in Glen Brittle forest - sea and golden eagles are known to visit here - and look out for rare coastal birds and seabirds near Broadford.

Isle of Skye guide map (PDF 2.9MB)

Just a short ferry ride from Sconser in central Skye lies the small, vibrant island of Raasay. Raasay is best known as the birthplace of Gaelic poet Sorley Maclean, and the place where Calum MacLeod built a road by hand to save his community, this picturesque island has exceptional wildlife, diverse woodlands and an unusual cultural heritage. Escape the busy roads of Skye for a day and experience Raasay's remote woodlands - You might have them entirely to yourself!

Isle of Raasay guide map (PDF 2.1MB)

Forests to visit

Skye

Trees above a rocky shoreBroadford

Watch coastal birds from a sheltered bay near Broadford. At night the dark skies are perfect for star gazing.

Broadford

 

Close up of green mossGlen Brittle

Long circular trails in a hilltop forest next to the spectacular Cuillin mountains.

Glen Brittle

 

Five people walking towards the cameraKinloch

A haven for native woods and culture with scenic views over the Sound of Sleat.

Kinloch

 

A view of the sea from a hillsideKyleakin

The gateway to Skye - see islands spread below you and plan where to go next!

Kyleakin

 

A green hill as viewed from the seaKylerhea

Get close to nature at our marine wildlife hide - it's your best chance of spotting an otter and fun for all ages.

Kylerhea

 

Raasay

Ruins of a building on a hillsideInverarish

Walk from the ferry to this fascinating Raasay forest full of unexpected island heritage and striking views of Skye.

Inverarish

 

Black sheep walking on snowBrochel

Soak up the sea views on the coastal trail to the abandoned village of Screapadal on Raasay.

Brochel

 

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