The woods and trails around Kyleakin are a great introduction to Skye, with stunning views in all directions. A good way to explore the area is to see it from above – from Cnoc a’ Mhadaidh-ruaidh, the Hill of the Fox to the west of Kyleakin.
Details of waymarked trails are under 'things to do', below.
Kyleakin: gateway to Skye
The pretty village of Kyleakin is the traditional gateway to the Isle of Skye.
For centuries, travellers crossed the narrow ‘kyle’ or straits between Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin by boat. This came to an end when the bridge to Skye was opened in 1995.
You can read about Kyleakin’s links with seafarers, from a Norwegian king to a certain saucy young entrepreneur in stories from Kyleakin.
The changing woods
It’s all change in the woods on the hills above the village. This area is targeted for native forest restoration, an ambitious programme of replanting native trees and felling conifer plantations.
Things to do at Kyleakin – Hill of the Fox
There are two circular trails here, both heading through conifer woods and open moorland to reach the summit of the hill and impressive views.
A purpose-built gravel path that climbs steadily to reach the hilltop circular route and viewpoints.
- Trail length: 2.3 km / 1.4 miles. Approx. trail time: 40 minutes
This longer loop leads round the hill through woodland to spectacular views from the top.
- Trail length: 3.5 km / 2.1 miles. Approx. trail time: 1 hour
If you’re interested in wildlife, foxes or otherwise, then have a look at Wildlife of Kyleakin.
Bright Water Visitor Centre
The Eilean Bàn Trust runs the Bright Water Visitor Centre at Kyleakin. The centre includes displays about the cultural and natural heritage of the nearby island of Eilean Bàn, once home to the writer and naturalist Gavin Maxwell. Find out more at www.eileanban.org.
There is limited parking beside the forest - it's best to park in Kyleakin village and walk up. See getting to Kyleakin.
At the entrance to the forest there is an interpretation panel telling you about the forest and trails.