Glenelg - Skye Ferry

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Glenelg, Scotland

Glenelg - Skye Ferry Reviews

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Traditional Way To Get To Skye Jul 26, 2012
One of two ferry services over to Skye, the third, at Kyle Of Lochalsh, having ceased with the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995.Up until then there was no option but to make the crossing by boat, so it is still seen as the traditional way to get to the island.

The Glenelg Ferry is run by The Isle of Skye Ferry Community Interest Company, and receives no government or council funding, but is instead run for and by local people. There has been a ferry service here from the late 17th century, and in 1773 by author Dr Samuel Johnson, accompanied by his companion and biographer, James Boswell.

Part of the reason we went this way was a TB Forum discussion, and talking to my father in law, there had been a BBC Scotland Radio feature on the ferry, about a young local girl, who from the age of 5 had always wanted to be captain of the ferry, and now at age 14 is part of the crew.

The service runs from Easter until October, 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm. The jetty is a short drive past the village of Glenelg and the ferry crosses evry 20minutes.Glenelg to Kylerhea on Skye, is the shortest distance from Skye to the mainland, over the Kylerhea Narrows, at just 550m.

The jetty is a short drive past the village of Glenelg, and the current ferry the MV Glenachulish has been doing this route since 1982. Originally built in 1969, for the Ballachulish crossing,on the A82 south of Fort William, she is the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland.

What does that mean ? It means you drive on and they spin the deck round so that you can drive straight off at the other side. Can carry up to 6 cars and costs £14 for the crossing,which takes 10 minutes. You can get out of the car during the crossing and there are some great views to photograph. Says it takes foot passengers, but to be honest can't see how they would get there, or onwards from Kylerhea either.

All in all it has to be the best way to get to Skye, as the drive on both sides, from and to the main roads, are fantastic, adn at the same time you can help a community initiative preserve a little piece of our history.
MV Glenachulish
Glenachulish Car Deck
Deck Spun Round At Glenelg
Crossing From Glenelg- Kylerhea
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