GLENELG AND LOCH HOURN
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From Skye (by ferry) — At the Kyleakin end of Breakish, look out for the airstrip and take the unclassified single track road opposite (with a ferry symbol on it) the airstrip. Follow the road to its end and cross over Kylerhea on the privately owned ferry (summer only). |
Via Glen Shiel — At the foot of Glen Sheil take the unclassified sngle track road signposted to Glenelg and drive over Mam Ratagan down to Glenelg village.
Bernera and Glenelg
From the ferry slip, follow the single track road past the old Glenelg Inn (now a holiday let) and take a little time out at the kilometer long beach from which you can look back at the spectacular view of Kylerhea Glen. Carrying on, turn right at the junction, towards Glenelg.
As you drive through the village look out for the commiunity hall on the left and park your car. Crossing over the road you can look down the track opposite and see, in the distance, the remains of the Bernera Barracks, build in Jocobean times to house soldiers whose role was to 'keep the peace' in the rebellious islands. Driving on a little further you can stop and admire the war memorial on the right of the road, a remarkable edifice for such a small community.|
Brochs and Broch countryFrom Glenelg, continue driving south for about a mile, at which point carry straight on at the T junction, up Gleann Beag (signposed to "Brochs"). After a couple of miles (3km) you will see the first of two brochs on your right. You can park just before reaching the entrance. Dun Telve broch, which dates back to the Iron Age, though only partially preserved after the passing millennia still has enough intact to appreciate its circular structure of hollow wall, part of which one can still walk through. Continuing along the road we come to Dun Troddan broch. If there is space, park at the start of the path up to the broch.
As with Tarve, little remains of Dun Troddan but what does is well preseved and gives a better idea of the size of these structures. At both brochs there is a plaque with a brief description of each structure and its history. [Note: further up the valley there is also a chambered cairn (not yet visited).]
From the outer wall of Dun Troddan you get a splendid view up Gleann Beag and, looking down, you will also see a turf roofed house on the right of the road right. This is part of Corrary Farm, home to EU Field Services' natural house construction project.
Return along your route, to the T junction, and turn left (towards Arnisdale).
Arnisdale and Loch HournFrom Eilanreach the road climbs to Mam nan Uranan where, behind us, we get another spectacular view over the Sound of Sleat to Kyle Rhea before starting a gentle descent through forest (much of it felled) until, turning eastwards, we can pull over and see Sandaig (Maxwell's Camusfearna), below us and, in the far distance, the impressive Cuillin range on Skye.
Carrying on a short distance the vista of Loch Hourn and its surrounfing mountains opens up before us, and, from Torr an Tuirc, we look dowm on Eilean Rarsaidh and Eilean a' Chuilinn. The road makes a steep descent past the two islands, climbs again and, once more, descends steeply down to Arnisdale (no photos, sorry). Passing through Arnisdale we eventually reach road end at a small carpark by the township of Corran.
At Corran one can obtain refreshment at a small teashop at the far and of the village and then walk on, if desired, round the adjacent headland, Rubha Camas na Cailinn. Alternatively one can follow a circular route up Glen Arnisdale, crossing the river and walking back to the road. Back at Corran carpark take a breather to admire Beinn Bhuidhe and, beyong it, Munro Beinn Sgritheall with it double peaks, both over 3000ft, and then set out back along the road to Glenelg, either to take the ferry back to Skye, or the road over Mam Ratagan and back via Carr Brae, Kyle and the Skye Bridge.
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