Some people will be surprised to find out that you can still travel “over the sea to Skye”. Yes, most know that there’s a ferry operating from Mallaig to Armadale at the toe of Skye. But how many also know that from Easter to October there’s a vehicle ferry that still provides a much closer alternative to the Skye Bridge, and one every visitor should consider taking?
The Glenelg to Kylerhea Ferry crosses the shortest gap between the Isle of Skye and the mainland, across the Kyle Rhea. For more information about timetables and fares, see the operator’s own website. Their ferry boat, the Glenachulish, is the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland.
The Kyle Rhea was the earliest regular crossing point to the Isle of Skye. The crossing was so important that after the 1715 uprising, the Government built nearby Bernera Barracks to guard it. A regular ferry was well established here by 1773 when Boswell and Johnson made their tour of the Hebrides. The cobbled pier used then can still be seen close to the slipway used by the ferry today on the Glenelg side.