The Skye Ferry

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Kylerhea, Scotland
The Skye Ferry - Rotating car deck
The Skye Ferry - Coffee shop!
The Skye Ferry - Ferry docking
The Skye Ferry - Ferry docking

The Skye Ferry Kylerhea Reviews

sarahelaine sarahela…
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The Skye Ferry Jul 26, 2010
Kylerhea ferry is an old ferry crossing to Skye, still maintained by the community as a community interest company (sort of like a charity) despite the free bridge. Fairs are around £12 for a car (July 2010). It is a much nicer way to travel to Skye than the bridge, although obviously it’s also much more expensive.

The ferry crosses a narrow straight to the island, where originally cattle were transported by making them swim the narrows. The area is well known for otters, and if you are incredibly lucky you might see an otter or a dolphin across the water. All the wildlife stayed well away whilst I was there, but you might be luckier. It is a small boat that takes, at most, five cars across at a time, so you will almost certainly be able to watch the crew load cars ahead of you and then turn the boat’s deck around by hand to allow the cars to drive off again at the other end. You don’t have to wait long, though, because the crossing doesn’t take very long at all (about 20 minutes) and the boat doesn’t hang around much.

There is a little shop in the lighthouse, which has hot coffee and tea. You help yourself and leave the money in the box; if you don’t, that will make you a totally selfish person and you will feel bad all day. There are also biscuits, postcards, and interesting signs about the history of the ferry.

Arriving in Skye the traditional way helps you to reset yourself to the more relaxed pace of life in the Highlands and Islands, and to have a bit of a chat with the other people waiting for the boat. It is good fun, too. The road to and fro the ferry is spectacular.

There is another ferry to Skye that goes from Mallaig, but I know nothing about that one
Rotating car deck
Coffee shop!
Ferry docking
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davidx says:
The Malaig ferry is completely different - quite posh in comparison. it takes far mor cars and the pasage is about 25 minutes. The Skye end, Armadale is on the only non-hilly peninsula in Skye but there are good views of the Coullin. I'm afraid you are subjected to the tune of the Skye Boat Song!

Even so to cross back this way afer going via Glenelg is a great circuit.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2010
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