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Distance: 16.7 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Trail run/walk
Wow Factor: 8 out of 10
  • Location: South of Minginish Peninsula
  • Terrain: Stone trail
  • Access: Mainland Skye
  • Height gain: 498 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 411
  • Starting point: Eynort/track through Glen Brittle Forest (GR 57.259590, -6.338401)
  • Accommodation/food:

    The closest pub is the Old Inn, Carbost which serves coffee, snacks, lunch and dinner. It also has a good bunkhouse.

  • Activity Summary:

    This is a fabulous trail running or walking route along forestry trails intersected with plunging waterfalls with spectacular views of Loch Eynort and Glen Brittle valley with the mighty Cuillin looming above.

  • Look out for:
    • Golden eagles soaring overhead
    • Running the balcony above Glen Brittle valley
    • Take a quick diversion to the Fairy Pools
  • Route description:

    The anti-clockwise route starts alongside Loch Eynort before rising gently to the highpoint at Bealach Brittle with its views down to Glen Brittle beach. From here there is a gradual descent towards the Fairy Pools carpark – here the route hangs above the valley affording magnificant views of the Black Cuillin range. At the car park an extension is possible to run the trail that ascends the Fairy Pool route before returning the same way. The trail climbs north/north west through the forest before turning east and the zig-zag descent to the start point.

  • Getting there:

    From Carbost continue past Talisker Distillery and then uphill. At the right hand bend continue straight over on the minor road past The Oyster Shed. Continue uphill and turn right at the intersection, then after 300 metres or so turn left at the next junction following signs to Eynort. Just before reaching the small hamlet of Eynort turn left onto the forest track past Raven’s Cottage. Park along the track.

Seascape Holiday Accommodation

A fabulous four-bedroom holiday cottage with spectacular views across Loch Bracadale to the Outer Hebrides. Located on the Minginish Peninsula it's perfectly placed for the Black Cuillins, the Isle of Oronsay, Glen Brittle, Talisker bay and Talisker Distillery

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