4.8 of 5 (5 votes)

Kyle of Lochalsh to Balmacara

A leisurely walk (coast) in Highland, Scotland, about 9.38km (5.83 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 192m (629ft)
Loss 188m (616ft)
Max. Elevation 150m (492ft)
Elevation (total) 380m (1245ft)
Start & End
Kyle of Lochalsh
Distance 9.38km
(5.83mi)
Duration ~3:15
Difficulty  
Leisurely
5Created by maryw on 26 Aug 2010
The rail line Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh offers a very scenic day out. There's not a lot to do in Kyle between the first train in and last out, but 5 hours or so is just right to walk to Balmacara and back. Follow a path over NTS land through native woods and moorland, with great coast and mountain views over Skye and inland, and a handy cafe at Balmacara Square! Or alight at Plockton for a linear walk, via quiet back roads to Balmacara; allow two hours for the last 3 miles to the Kyle train!

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Waypoints

OS Grid NG762271
Start of the walk. Go up the slope from the station to the main road, turn right. Pass a service station on the right, turn left into Langlands Terrace, then bear right into a cul-de-sac. A signposted path leads up the hill from the end. Route finding is easy from now on!
Sgalpaidh Burn About 1.65 km (~1.03 miles) from
OS Grid NG778277
The path climbs at first, then meanders between low rocky outcrops. While never in doubt, it may be bit boggy in places. A lovely section through birch woods leads down to Scalpaidh Burn, marked with a 4 way signpost, about a mile from the start.
Back into woods About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid NG791274
From the burn, the path crosses open moorland with wide-ranging loch and mountain vistas, then drops down into woodland again.
Road to Balmacara Square About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid NG802278
Path emerges onto a minor road just above the A87. Turn left and the cafe is not far ahead!
Village centre with cafe About 0.58 km (~0.36 miles) from
OS Grid NG805283
Pretty village with NTS information point, duck pond - and cafe! http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/8/
Signpost to Kyle About 0.45 km (~0.28 miles) from
OS Grid NG803279
Return by same route. A signpost clearly marks the path's start point.
Out of the woods About 1.17 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid NG792275
Continue on clear path, may be boggy in places.
Sgalpaidh Burn again About 1.33 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid NG779278
Signpost - one mile to Kyle
Kyle station About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
OS Grid NG763272
Back into residential street, head short distance west for town centre, the rail terminus and the last train to Inverness!

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