LEITIR FURA, SLEAT, SOUTH SKYE
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From Skye Bridge, go right at roundabout, follow A87 for approx. 6mi then turn left onto the A851 (signposted Armadale) then
follow A851 for ??mi. Shortly after the Dumfearn turnoff (the first turning on the right) turn left into Kinloch Forest.|
From Portree, take the A87 towards the bridge. Shortly after Broadford turn right onto the A851 (signposted Armadale) then follow A851 for ??mi. Shortly after the Dumfearn turnoff (the first turning on the right) turn left into Kinloch Forest.
From Armadale, Follow A851 towards Broadford. Entry is on right shortly after passing sign (on right) for Kinloch Lodge.
Once in Kinloch Forest follow Macadamized forest track for approximately one mile to the parking area (on the right).
NOTE: Stout shoes recommended, boots if you wish to do the round trip. |
From the carpark, climb back up to the forestry track and turn right.
After a couple of hundred yards you will pass through a side gate; continue along the track to the first junction. At this point you can either carry on along the forestry track or branch off to the left to take the path higher up the hillside.
Path (walking boots recommended in wet conditions) — Follow the path, climbing some 70m in the first kilometre. [At this point you will see a path descending to your right which will take you back down to the main forestry track which, if you return to the car park, will give you a round trip distance of about 4km/2.5mi.] If you choose to carry on along the path you will pass out of the forest where it has been harvested and have a clear view of the surrounding land and sea scape. After ??km the path falls fairly directly down the hillside and through the abandoned settlement of Leitir Fura itself. A fine point at which to stop for some refreshments while admiring the scenery.
Track — Continuing along the track will take you, after a further ??km, to the lower end of Leitir Fura township where you can decide either to climb to the path (climbing ??m in about 300m – walking boots recommended in wet conditions) or return the way you came.
Photographs (click on thumbnails for higher resolution image.)
The following photographs are offered 'as is'. They were taken several years ago with a low resolution camera, so I hope to replace them next time I do the walk.
Path (some views looking forward and others back)
Leitir Fura (no photographs at this time)
Track back (more photos to follow next visit)
Miscellany (more photos to follow next visit)
Further InformationForestry Commission: Wild Woods at Kinloch Carpark, and Leitir Fura Walk.
The Isle of Skye - Part 1 (Rampant Scotland), and Uamh An Ard Achadh (High Pasture Cave)