KYLERHEA AND OTTERS
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From Skye — At the Kyleakin end of Breakish/Ashaig, look out for the airstrip (betweewn the road and the sea) and take the unclassified single track road opposite the airstrip. Follow the road up Glen Arroch, over Bealach Udal (at 279m the highest road on Skye), then dropping steeply down Kylerhea Glen to the small township of Kylerhea itself. The way to the Otter Haven car park is on the left shortly after you enter the township.Warning: The hill down to Kylerhea is 1 in 4 (25%) and narrow. It is suggested that you do not take caravans over this route.
From Glen Shiel — At the foot of Glen Shiel (on the A87) take the unclassified single track road (an old military road) signposted to Glenelg and drive over Mam Ratagan (339m) and down into Glen More. Shortly before Glenelg turn off to the right, follow the signs for the summer only ferry (privately owned and the last remaining manually operated turntable ferry in the UK). The five minute crossing will take you to Kylerhea.
The Walk to the Otter Haven
The Track ('Sensible' shoes or trainers recommended.)|
From the car park, follow the forest track. You will pass a small unmanned interpretive centre with toilets. (Note that this is powered entirrely by renewable energy.) After walking for approx 1km from the car park take the right turn down to the hide.
Alternatively, you can carry on along the track for a futher 1.25km (to the super-grid pylon). Also, there is a path down to the small lighthouse, though using this could scare away any otters in the vicinity.
The Otter Hide (NB. Please be quiet while in the vicinity of the hide.)
Follow the 50m path, down some 15m, to the hide. Otters play and hunt along the whole length of the shoreline, but most of my sightings were to the right (towards the ferry). Binoculars are supplied.
Photographs (click on thumbnails for higher resolution image)
|The following photographs are offered 'as is' without comment. I will add extra text when I get time. |
The Road (some photos look forward and others back)
Kylerhea Township (no photographs at this time)
Track to Otter Haven
Further InformationForestry Commission: Wild Woods at Kylerhea Otter Haven Carpark, and Recreation at Kylerhea.
Glenelg Ferry (owner), Glenelg Ferry (Undiscovered Scotland), Kylerhea Glen (Torridonian) (JNCC).