Broadford-Old Corry Loop

 

footpath sign for marble line by quietskye.com

The best known walk on this trail is to the cleared villages of Suisnish and Boreraig, beyond the Marble Line trail.  For that walk, drive further down the Elgol Road, park at Cil Criosd Church and find the trail above the road. This makes a lovely loop walk, passing the quarry remains, through some young community woodland, along the coast through the villages and back along the road at Kilbride. It’s about 8 – 10 miles I think, altogether.

But the version I’m featuring here is a 4 mile loop on a short section of Skye Marble Line out of Broadford, across the Elgol road and along the Old Corry road back into the village. I started outside Broadford, at the start of the Marble Line trail along the Elgol Road but you can start anywhere there is safe and sensible parking. Probably best to start in Broadford. It took me around 2 hours. 

parking for marble line walk by quietskye.com
Parking well clear of the forestry gates,  the trail starts across on the left side of the road, along well made gravel trail with views over to Beinn na Caillich and down the valley towards Bla Bheinn.

along the marble line by quietskye.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some beautiful rock lichen along the trail here, almost like cave painting:

 

rock lichen along marble line by quietskye.com

more rock lichen along marble line by quietskye.com

At the next sign take the little right fork in the path to Coire Chatagan, and cross the Elgol Road to continue the trail, passing a bench with quite a spectacular view!

bench along old corry path by quietskye.com

Continue on down this path about a mile to a wee wooden bridge and cross into a farmyard and up a track to the farmhouse…

bridge at old corry by quietskye.com

farmyard at old corry by quietskye.com

Very likely to be livestock in or around the farmyard, so dogs should be kept on a lead.

coos at old corry by quietskye.com

farmhouse at old corry by quietskye.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then follow the road a mile back, under Beinn na Caillich towards Broadford, passing the peat cutting down near the main road.

peat cutting by quietskye.com

 

 

 

 

At the junction with the main road A87, walk a short distance on the verge before you’ll find the Skinidin loop path on the opposite side of the road, to take you back into the village.

old corry junction by quietskye.com

skinidinloop by quietskye.com

Rubbish and recycling available along the road at the Co-op carpark beside the petrol station. Dog waste disposal also here.

Coffee at Carter’s Cabin, beside the Co-op in the Market Square.

There are other wee shops here for interest after you’ve had a coffee, the book shop Tabby’s Nook and Skye Antiques.