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We have shown below directions of one of the main road routes to Ord, but there are several others all of which offer a wonderful scenic ride up north. If you would like details of alternate routes through the Highlands please let us know!

 

Route                   Directions

 

Fort William to Ord via the Skye Bridge at  the Kyle of Lochalsh: 

 

A82         On arriving in Fort William continue on the A82 by-pass road through Fort William until you reach the West End roundabout at the far end of the town.  Follow signs for Inverness (there is a large Morrisons Supermarket which you will see on the left hand side).   Do not take the junction to Mallaig unless you plan to take the Mallaig to Armadale ferry.

 

A82         Continue on the A82 towards Inverness passing through Torlundy, Spean Bridge (the Commando Memorial is two miles north), Laggan Locks, after Loch Oich look out for the A87 junction at Invergarry.

 

A87        Turn left  (signposted Kyle of Lochalsh and Skye Bridge) through Glen Garry

 

A87        Turn at next T Junction heading west for Kyle of Lochalsh

 

A87        Continue on this road (watch out for deer!  passing Cluanie Dam, Cluanie Inn, Shiel Bridge, Inverinate, Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie

 

A87        Arrive at the Kyle of Lochalsh

 

A87        Drive straight through Kyle and you will come to a second set of traffic lights (turn left here to visit the Co-op supermarket) otherwise continue straight on and pass over the Skye Bridge which is toll-free

 

A87        Kyleakin Roundabout.  At the roundabout take third exit (signposted Portree and Uig) continue on the A87 passing through Ashaig, Breakish (you will see Broadford in the distance where there is another Co-op).

 

A851      On reaching Skulamus take a sharp left at the junction on to the A851 (signposted Armadale Pier).  Shortly afterwards you will see a large digital sign with timings of the next ferry to Mallaig, 16 miles further on.

 

A851     Continue on this road passing Kinloch Lodge (a hotel and home of Lord and Lady MacDonald), Isle Ornsay (Eilean Iarmain).

 

After about 4 miles past Isle Ornsay look out for a small loch on the left hand side with the Sound of Sleat and Mallaig in the distance

 

  • Turn right at a sign saying Ord, Tokavaig and Tarskavaig, shown also are the Gaelic names of  An t-Ord, Tocabhaig  and Tarscabhaig 

 

  • Ord Road:  Continue along the Ord Road for around  4 miles passing through a forest, a loch and following the line of a river. The road is single track and has many passing places. Do not be tempted to pass other vehicles between the passing places - most of the verges are very soft and it is easy to end up in a ditch.  Enjoy the scenery, it is a lovely road with great views but do watch out for sheep and cattle. They are in no rush, so take your time and allow them to move off the road.  Turn right at the sign Ord,  next to a big oak tree, which is some 100m above the beach and river mouth. The Hirsel is around 200m on the right enclosed by green wooden fencing, with ample parking just to the side of the cottage.

 

Welcome to the Hirsel on Skye!

 map of sleat with the village of ord on the north shore