Loch Slapin - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing the view east over Loch Slapin on Skye. The picture was taken from the shores of the loch close to Kilmarie and next to Dun Ringill, an iron aged hill fort. Image taken in May 2009.
Loch Slapin - FURTHER INFORMATION
Loch Slapin - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Loch Slapin' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Loch Slapin is an open sea loch that runs up the eastern side of the Strathaird Peninsula on the Isle of Skye. On the shores of the loch are the small villages of Torrin and Kirkibost as well as Strathaird hamlet. The B8083 runs around the loch linking Broadford to the north with Elgol to the southwest. An excellent place to see the layout of the loch and the surrounding hills is from the top of Cnoc Slapin near Torrin.
Driving the B8083 is a popular tourist route as the road passes through stunning scenery as it winds round the loch and then over the Strathaird peninsula. From Broadford, the road proceeds south down Strath Suardal passing a Chambered Cairn, the ruins of Cill Chriosd (Christ Church]] and Loch Cill Chriosd. It then curves round the base of several red Cuillin hills (Beinn na Cailleach, Beinn Dearg Bheag and Beinn Dearg Mhor) through Torrin.
At Torrin are a disused quarry, Camas Malag beach and the remains of Dun Beag broch (not to be confused with Dun Beag overlooking Loch Bracadale near Dunvegan). From here the road heads north round the edge of the loch and over a bridge at the entrance to Strath Mor valley.
The road curves sharply south and along the edges of the loch at the base of Blà Bheinn (928m), one of the Black Cuillin hills, a Munro of Scotland and also known as Blaven. After Kirkibost, where there is the remains of Dun Ringill, another iron age hill fort, the road skirts around Ben Meabost and over the peninsula to Elgol.
This area is very popular with walkers and climbers. Several paths lead into the Red and Black Cuillin hills from near the shores. At Torrin a path heads north up Strath Beag and An Slugan to the hamlet of Strollamus near Dunan. At the northern end of the loch is a path north through Strath Mor to Luib on the shores of Loch Ainort. About 3 miles past Torrin is a path that follows Allt na Dunachie burn to the corrie of Coire Uaigneich and then on up to the top of Blà Bheinn (Blue Mountain).
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
TAke the B8083 south from Broadford. Torrin is about 5 miles from Broadford and Kirkibost about 11 miles.