Leitir Fura

This is night No.3/2021 living in my caravan. It's also my 4th night at Morvich C&MC Site in Kintail, in the Scottish Highlands.

Woke to a very fine morning and after an early morning wander by the river, followed by an 'awning' shower, and breakfast, we headed out for a day of good walking starting with the forest walk from the nearby village of Inverinate.

It's a good walk which we've done many times, it's about 

 From here we headed up the road to Kyle of Lochalsh, over the Skye Bridge and down the Sleat Peninsula to Kinloch. There is a forest walk here which leads along the old cattle droving route to the long abandoned settlement of Leitir Fura.

The route follows a pretty good path which is partly gravel, and part rock. This was the route which drovers used to take the cattle across Sleat to the Kyle Rhea narrows where the cattle were made to swim across to Glenelg to continue their journey to the markets of central Scotland.

Some lovely flowers.

And even a small orchid like plant.

The Bluebells were also springing.

The weather was just superb. Cool but bright. Only a few passing light showers to deal with.

Some really old remnant of woodland on the hillside above.

Looking over to Isle Ornsay and it's lighthouse.

As the walk continued, really stunning views across the Sound of Sleat. This is looking down Loch Hourn into Barisdale. This is the really remote Knoydart, only accessible on foot or by boat.

And looking across to the huge Beinn Sgritheall.

Below the hill, yesterdays adventure, the Sandaig Islands.

The path climbs and drops a lot. The zig zags put in to make it easier to drive cattle towards Kyle Rhea.

After around an hour, we reached Leitir Fura. Incredible to think a community once thrived in this very remote area.

There's only one way to see an abandoned or clearance village, from the air.

A truly fantastic days walking.


  1. Blooming heck, Iain, you now include drone shots?! I watched a short extract last night and thought your Sandaig film was lifted from the web but I recognised you (and the "dugs") from the Leitir Fura film. I'm assuming (a) that the drone belongs to Ian T and (b) it's on your next gadget purchase list?

    I think I recognise some of the paths in your photos, although it might just be the terrain, from the Dirty 30 Ultramarathon route. That is a terrific area. I'm sure there are many more abandoned townships to find. Keep it up!


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