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Torrin to Broadford

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  • Path walked with Cuillin Ridge in background
    / Path walked with Cuillin Ridge in background
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  • / Descending to the beach
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  • / Walkers on the path
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  • / Crofters cottage
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  • / Wind swept trees
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One of Skye’s best day walks is a real delight, the well-defined path follows the coastline, overlooking the Cuillin ridge and the surrounding islands, before cutting inland to Broadford. The deserted villages of Suisnish and Boreraig provide compelling insight into Scottish history and there are plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.
moderate
Distance 17.2 km
5:30 h
271 m
297 m
165 m
-5 m
Starting in the small village of Torrin, this walk follows a clear path that hugs the dramatic coastline. As the path rises to follow the clifftops the views to the right of the Cuillin Ridge, towering above the expanse of open sea, are imposing and impressive. You will then pass deserted crofters communities long since burnt out by landowners, dramatic sweeping cliffs, sheltered beaches and tumbling waterfalls. As the path heads north again towards Broadford, you will ascend to a moorland plateau, through a protected forest reservation, past an abandoned marble quarry and back into Broadford - a small town full of cosy pubs and homely guesthouses. 

Author’s recommendation

When you descend to the beach, the views are still stunning and you can find a little shelter from the wind. This is a perfect place to stop for lunch, and if you are very lucky you may see an elusive sea otter.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Landscape
Highest point
165 m
Lowest point
-5 m
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Safety information

There are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road. Some of the ground can be uneven, with pebbly beaches and muddy or rocky grassland. Ensure you have suitable footwear and be cautious with your footing. Parts of the route follow the cliff tops, be very careful of the drop and do not go to close to the edge. If you are on the shoreline, be aware of the tide. When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.

Tips and hints

 

Points of interest

Suisnish and Boreraig

These deserted villages formed a remote crofting community but were brutally cleared by Lord MacDonald in 1853 to make room for sheep, the price of wool had risen and this was the most valuable commodity. The residents were barred from returning, and their homes were burnt. This tragic story was repeated across the region and is known as the Highland Clearances.

Beinn Nan Carn Native Woodland

A huge 680 hectare reforestation project that uses native trees that have long formed the forests on Skye, from alder and birch to ash and hazel. The young trees are protected by a series of fences in order to keep the deer out. This area is a great place to see wildflowers in the spring and summer.

Old Marble Quarry

The path initially follows the course of an old railway used to remove the famous Skye Marble from quarries above Strath Suardal down to the harbour at Broadford. The marble was formed by limestone being exposed to the extreme heat of a granite intrusion.

 

Food and Drink

The only place that serves food or drink is the small cafe in Torrin called the Blue Shed Cafe. This is a little before the start of the route: http://www.theblueshedcafe.magix.net/website/. The proprietors, Justine & Antony Davies, provide delicious home-baked food, hot and cold drinks, reviving soups and tasty filled roll/hot toasties. Currently open from 10:30 - 16:00 Monday, Thursday, and Friday and 12:00 - 16:00 on Sundays (but closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), you will often find them still open after hours, enjoying the company of visitors and the excellent scenery. The cafe is seasonal, so please check the website to make sure it is open.

Other than the Blue Shed, the walk itself does not pass past any villages or food stops. In Broadford, there is a Co-op grocery store where you can pick-up a picnic lunch for the day's walk, and plenty of pubs and restaurants to enjoy upon your return.

Start

The cattle grid and thatched house in Torrin (34 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NG 59356 20138
DD
57.208603, -5.986522
DMS
57°12'31.0"N 5°59'11.5"W
UTM
30V 319625 6344560
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Destination

Broadford main street (junction of A87 and B8083)

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - Where the taxi drops you off outside the Blue Shed Cafe, immediately cross the cattle grid to follow the road sign to Kilbride.  Continue STRAIGHT ON past the thatched cottage.

0.60 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON, following the tarmac track that hugs the coastline.

1.70 km - As you leave the carpark, the road turns to stones and grass and you BEAR RIGHT to continue following the coastline.

4.20 km - After the track ascends and levels out, look to your right to see the iconic Cuillin Ridge.

5.00 km - You will see crofter cottages, abandoned and burnt out to your right. Continue STRAIGHT ON following the path.

5.10 km - When you come to a small metal gate, BEAR LEFT to ascend a smaller path keeping the fence to your right. Be careful not to miss it.

5.60 km - Cross a small stream and carry STRAIGHT ON, keeping the fence to your left.

6.10 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON and be wary of the cliff edge to your right.

6.40 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON crossing the stream and then descend down to the beach, being cautious of slippery rocks and loose stones.

6.90 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON crossing the small stream, with the waterfalls to your left and the sea to your right.

7.90 km - As the path turns to grass, BEAR LEFT inland passing a crofters cottage before crossing a small stream.

8.00 km - Continue to BEAR LEFT on the grass path, skirting to the left of to ruins and immediately crossing a stream.

8.30 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON ignoring the right turn.

8.50 km - After passing through the gap between two ruins, skirt the wall to your right and BEAR LEFT, following the path as it ascends up the grassy hill.

9.30 km - As the path flattens out, continue STRAIGHT ON as the path turns to rocks and grass.

9.50 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON, crossing the fence using the wooden step to the right of the gate.

9.90 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON, be cautious of the steep drop to your right.

11.30 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON after crossing the fence using the wooden step provided.

12.30 km - BEAR RIGHT ignoring the left turn and passing a small, low, circular stone structure.

12.60 km - After descending through the grassy fields, pass through the gate and continue STRAIGHT ON.

13.50 km - Ignore the left turn and continue STRAIGHT ON signposted for Broadford.

13.80 km - Continue STRAIGHT ON through the wooden gate.

14.80 km - Ignore the left turn and continue STRAIGHT ON signposted for Broadford.

15.30 km - When you reach the main road, head through the metal gate and TURN RIGHT being careful of traffic, this road leads into Broadford.

17.20 km - When you reach the T-junction at the main road, with the sea visible in front of you, your journey is finished.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OS Grid
NG 59356 20138
DD
57.208603, -5.986522
DMS
57°12'31.0"N 5°59'11.5"W
UTM
30V 319625 6344560
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

The ground can be uneven, so be sure to wear sturdy shoes/boots with good ankle support. There are a number of stream crossings; walking poles can make these crossings easier and safer. They also come in handy when crossing uneven ground or making steep descents. Otherwise, bring a day-pack with plenty of food and water for the walk as there aren't any stops en route. Pack warm and waterproof layers along with a hat, gloves and sun protection. 

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

4.5
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Aaron Yoworski
August 26, 2020 · Community
Lovely walk with beautiful views the whole way.
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Nick Robins
September 03, 2019 · Community
This might have been my favorite hike of the trip! The route is pretty straight forward with a bit of climbing, a descent down towards the sea, and a long climb back inland. We had on and off showers, which kept the walk pretty cool and enjoyable. Great lunch spot once you hike past the sea cliffs and reach the meadow.
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When did you do this route? August 06, 2019
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.2 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
271 m
Descent
297 m
Highest point
165 m
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