Kinloch Forest - wildlife S Skye
Off the A851, South of Broadford, Sleat

Postcode / Grid / GPS: NG 697 176

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Kinloch Forest (Ceann-Loch: 'Head of the Loch') is an area with a car park with picnic tables, two walks and a ruined crofting township with interpretive information. This area overlooks the Sound of Sleat; beween Skye and the Mainland, there are fantastic views to Knoydart and the small Isles of Eigg and Rum. Parts of the Kinloch area are a Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The ash and hazel woods at Kinloch are now owed and managed by Forest Enterprise. You may follow the forestry track and path through the woodland, you can see many woodland flowers, birds and insects, particularly in the Spring and Summer. Autumn brings colour to the area, gold and brown of the trees, the scarlet of the Rowan berries and the crimson of the brambles.

You can see the partially restored walls of a traditional “blackhouse” building with descriptive text and illustrations.

Two walks start from the car park, one is a circular, waymarked route to the deserted township of Leitir Fura, the other follows a rough, indistinct pathway on the hillside above the coast to Kylerhea.

Adders, Slow Worms, Common Lizards are here. 15 different species of butterfly have been identified here, including Scotch Argus, Green Hairstreak, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow.

Birds include Wrens, Tree and Meadow Pipits, Robbins, Song Thrushes, Bullfinches, Chaffinches, Whitethroat and Wood Warbler. There are also Sand Martins, Herons and Hen Harriers nesting in the area.

Red and Roe Deer live nearby and watch out for both grey and common seals as these can often be seen along the coastline – otters too sometimes! There are Common and Pygmy Shrews, Field Voles and Wood Mice living in the woods. Old Badger sets can be seen.