Glenelg-Skye Ferry

[Ferry docking at Kylerhea]

The ferry from Glenelg to Kylerhea must be by far the slowest of the three ways from the Scottish mainland to Skye, accessed in both directions by long and sinuous single-track roads (admittedly very scenic, but not useful if you're in a hurry). Before you ask, "so why bother?", this is in some ways the most appealing of the three options. Much cheaper than the ferry from Mallaig and much more romantic than the modern bridge, the Skye Ferry is Scotland's last manually operated turntable ferry. We used it in unexpected circumstances - the A87 closed for four hours and the other ferry fully booked left us with no alternative. But what an alternative: sitting by the water's edge, watching seals playing in the narrows - 50 years ago, the scene would hardly have been any different.

[Looking across Kyle Rhea to the mainland]
Name: Glenelg-Skye Ferry ★★☆☆
Location (mainland jetty): End of minor road north of Glenelg, G.R.: NG 795213 / rail historic curly
Carries: Vehicles, passengers
Open (2017): Daily, early April to October
Cost (2017): £15 (single), £25 (return) for car including 4 passengers
Anything else? Reservations not possible, but sailings every 20 minutes or as required should ensure you don't have to wait long.

[It's a tight squeeze, but the ferry accommodates up to six cars per sailing]

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