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Kinloch Hourn Drove Road

Start location: Road at Kinloch Hourn (NG 954 065)
End location: Glenelg (NG 812 192)
Geographical area: Skye and Lochalsh, Lochaber
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 23.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Cross the bridge at Kinloch Hourn, go through the grounds of Kinloch Hourn House, passing on its right into the woods behind the house, and climb steeply up a path to a pass at about 270m. 400 metres beyond the pass fork left down to the Allt a’ Choire Reidh, which is crossed near Lochan Torr a’ Choit. From this lochan keep NW along the path which climbs a little for 1km and then descends into Gleann Dubh Lochain. Continue NW up the Allt an Tomain Odhair to the Bealach Aoidhdailean and descend NNW at first down the Allt Ghleann Aoidhdailean, on the north-east side of the burn, to reach a track at the head of Gleann Beag. From that point go down the glen by this track past Balvraid and the well preserved remains of Pictish brochs to reach the road beside the Sound of Sleat 1.5km south of Glenelg.

OS Landranger 33 (Loch Alsh, Glen Shiel and surrounding area)

Heritage Information

Droves of cattle from Skye came ashore at Kylerhea, took this route south to Kinloch Hourn and then largely followed the line of the present day public road to Loch Garry, crossing a ford probably at Torr na Carraidh to get to Greenfield where there was a choice of routes onwards.



Copyright: Toby Speight



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