Kinloch Forest on Skye

We lucked out with the weather mountain biking over on the Isle of Skye this week, absolutely stunning!!! Scotland is such a beautiful country! We went biking in the Kinloch Forest and visited the remains of the township known as Leitir Fura.
It was such a scenic trail, and would also be a lovely walk through beautiful woodland.
The views across the Sound of Sleat to the mainland are simply superb.

Leitir Fura township
The remains of the township were really interesting to wander round. For hundreds of years, much of the island of Skye belonged to the chiefs of Clan Donald, Lord of the Isles. The land around Leitir Fura was settled by members of the MacInnes Clan. Historical records show MacInnes tenants living at the township of Leitir Fura until the early 1800s.

You can still see the remains of houses, barns and enclosures at the site of the township. These buildings were located on either side of a drove road, this road was used for moving cattle to Kylerhea where they were then swum across the narrows to be sold at markets on the mainland. There was no forced clearance of the township, simply a drifting away from the harsh life of subsistence living. For further information on this walk and others around the Skye & Lochalsh area visit the Forestry Commission’s website www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/activities/heritage/historic-townships/leitir-fura