Tracks to Idrigill Point Townships
Start location: Heribost (NG 276 452)
End location: Ollisdal Geo (NG 205 390)
Geographical area: Skye and Lochalsh
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 23km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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For this hard walk a map and compass is needed to return by Bealach Bharcasaig. The simpler there-and-back route follows a clear path, past the ruins at Idrigill to Macleod's Maidens, but still climbs to 330ft/100m.
Starting from Heribost on the A623, follow the minor road to Orbost. At Orbost there is parking, so you may choose to start this walk from here. From the carpark at Orbost, walk past Orbost House to the shore at Loch Bharcasaig. Follow the track around the bay and through the forest. Cross a small stream then go through a gate onto a rough path that climbs then descends to the ruins at Brandarsaig. At a junction keep right and climb over another shoulder to reach the ruins at Idrigill. From here it is 1mile/1.6km to Macleod's Maidens. First you see the top of the tallest stack, then a cautious approach to the cliff top gives a fine view of all three of these sea stacks off Idrigill Point. Note the cliffs to your right. The simplest return is by the same route. The longer route is only for experienced walkers, and the only paths from here on are sheep tracks.
If tackling the circuit, go cautiously along the top of the cliffs, keeping well clear of the edge. Pass Glen Lorgasdal and continue to the next major watercourse at Glen Ollisdal. Turn away from the cliffs here, head upstream and aim for Bealach Bharasaig (NG 224 413). Contour round the base of Healbhal Beag then head back down the ridge to the road.
Route description from Hallewell's "Walks Isle of Skye" (2003)
OS Landranger 23
This path network links former settlements in an area now deserted of people.
Idrigil, although shown as a township in 1824 on W Johnson's map of Skye, is completely depopulated by 1877. One house was reoccupied by 1901, but Idrigil was deserted again by 1955.