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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.

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Skye's forests 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 island's 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. 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 this island's remote woodlands - You might have them entirely to yourself!

Isle of Raasay guide map (PDF 2.1MB)

Forests to visit

Trees above a rocky shoreBroadford

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



Black sheep walking on snowBrochel

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



Close up of green mossGlen Brittle

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

Glen Brittle


Ruins of a building on a hillsideInverarish

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



Five people walking towards the cameraKinloch

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



A view of the sea from a hillsideKyleakin

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



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.



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