Glenelg-Skye Ferry

Highland / Skye | Glenelg / Kylerhea | Vehicle 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 first used it in unexpected circumstances: the A87 was unexpectedly shut for 4 hours and the bigger ferry to Mallaig was fully booked, leaving 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]

Location & info

📌 Glenelg-Skye Ferry ★★★
Mainland jetty is at minor road end 2 mi north of Glenelg, G.R.: NG 795213 ///rail.historic.curly. On the Skye side, jetty is at minor road end at Kylerhea, G.R.: NG 789212 ///fully.interacts.memory
Carries: Vehicles, passengers
Boats run frequently, daily from early April to October - booking not possible | £15 single / £25 return, for car including 4 passengers

[It's a tight squeeze, but the ferry accommodates up to 6 cars per sailing]


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