Kyle of Lochalsh
Visitor guide to Kyle of Lochalsh in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. Includes info on the Road to the Isles, Eilean Donan Castle, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Arsaig & Morar and the best self catering cottages and hotels around the Kyle of Lochalsh.
Before the coming of the controversial Skye Bridge a mile to the north, the little town of Kyle, as it is known, was the main ferry crossing to Skye and consequently a place which attracted a busy tourist trade. Now, though, the tourist traffic bypasses Kyle.
However, Kyle is a popular centre for walkers, and there are plenty of good holiday cottages in the area.
Phone code: +44 (0)1599
The Road To The Isles
The 46-mile stretch of the A830 from Fort William to Mallaig is known as 'The Road to the Isles'. It's a very beautiful journey, particularly by train through a landscape that resonates with historical significance. This is Bonnie Prince Charlie country, where the ill-fated Jacobite Rising not only began, but also ended, with the Prince's flight to France.
Things to Do
Local Sights & Activities for Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle's an area popular with walkers. See Kintail walks for a walkers guide to this area.
Kyle of Lochalsh Hotels & Accommodation
It's a good idea to get the tourist office to book a room for you, as there's not a lot to choose from except for self catering cottages. There are a couple of hotels, most luxurious of which is the Lochalsh Hotel, Tel. 534202, with great views across to Skye and good food.
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Three miles north, at Erbusaig, is the very comfortable Old Schoolhouse, Tel. 534369, a B&B with a highly rated restaurant. A mile and a half north of Kyle is Crowlin View, Tel. 534286. There's also cheap hostel accommodation at Cuchulainn's, Tel. 534492, on Station Rd. 4 miles east of Kyle, at Balmacara, you can camp at Reraig Caravan Site, Tel. 566215.