Plan to create new cycle route in the south of Skye

Mountain bike guide Mark Robinson believes a new cycle track will help cyclists avoid the busy A87 between Kyleakin and Ashaig

A long held local ambition to create a cycle route connecting Kyle of Lochalsh and Broadford is being revived by a new campaign group.

The proposal for a new ‘Skye Cycle Way’ is being pursued by volunteers working in partnership with the Broadford and Strath Community Company.

Campaigners hope to convert sections of the old road between Breakish and Kyleakin, and link the route with local crofting township roads in order to keep cyclists off the main A87.

Group member Adele Beck said three local landowners had indicated support.

She said: “The project is still in its early stages, but gathering momentum. Marine Harvest (owners of the land near Kyleakin quarry) have agreed to a feasibility study looking at route options across their land, whilst the two remaining major landowners between Kyleakin and the Kylerhea junction have been in contact with the group and are supportive of our proposals.”

The group will be hosting an open meeting this Thursday (8th March) at 6pm in Broadford Hall, with all interested urged to attend.

An online survey on the potential of the cycle path has also been launched on the Skye Cycle Way’s Facebook site.