Skye Cycle Way
Creating a safe path for all between Broadford and Kyle
A group of volunteers and representatives from local groups are working together to establish a safe cycle path between Broadford and Kyle of Lochalsh. In January 2019 the group was awarded funding from Sustrans Community Links to undertake surveys and feasibility studies as the first phase of path development. In September 2019 further funding was announced, through Sustrans Places for Everyone, to develop designs and to employ a part time project officer.
The group holds regular open meetings and organises occasional path-clearing action days.There are also plans to hold community events and other activities.
New volunteers are very welcome. Ways you can get involved include:
- Helping organise an event
- Helping with fundraising
- Helping with administration
- Publicity and communications
For more information follow Skye Cycle Way on Facebook: @SkyeBikeRunWalk
WE ARE RECRUITING!
We are looking for a self-employed project officer to take a leading role in driving the Skye Cycle Way project forward over the next 6 months. This will involve working with the local community, consultant engineers and other stakeholders to finalise route designs and begin fundraising for construction. Applications for the post are to be submitted by 20 November and more information can be found here: Project Officer SCW Job Description
The seven mile stretch of A87 between Broadford and Kyle is a hugely busy road. All Skye Bridge traffic comes this way, including lorries and tourist traffic, and the 60 mph speed limit is often exceeded. While cycling in Skye is increasingly popular, and a more environmentally friendly way to travel for both work and leisure, this is an unpleasant and potentially dangerous route to attempt on two wheels.
Yet alongside much of this busy road sit remnants of an old road running along the shore – largely now hidden, but with much of the tarmac is still in place under the moss and undergrowth. The group’s vision is to re-use this existing structure and extend it to provide a beautiful, safe and convenient path for all non-motorised users – including cyclists, walkers and runners. In due course this could become the start of a ‘green’ transport network across Skye and Wester Ross.