Ealaghol Getting to Skye
Travelling to Skye
The area is well served by transport links.
For information about travel within the area, see Getting Around.
Love it or hate it, the Skye Bridge, spanning from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin, is here and for most people it will be your gateway to Skye. Seen on a peaceful late spring evening from the railway station at Kyle of Lochalsh, it can even look quite elegant.
Though originally a toll bridge, there is now no toll so access to the Island across the bridge is free.
Many years before the Skye Bridge or even its predecessor the old Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin ferry was thought of, Kylerhea was the main crossing point to Skye from the Mainland. Black cattle being taken to market in the south would swim across the few hundred metres of the channel in small groups tied nose to tail and trailed behind a rowing boat.
The modern traveller is somewhat better served by the unique six car turntable ferry that operates across the narrows through the summer months (April to October).
The Kylerhea ferry now has its own website at www.skyeferry.co.uk.
Caledondian MacBrayne operate ferry services to and from The Island on routes from Armadale to Mallaig and from Uig to The Western Isles. In addition there are CalMac ferries serving Raasay from Sconser and The Small Isles (Canna, Rùm, Eigg and Muck) from Mallaig.
For current details of the routes and timings either see CalMac's own website
or try these direct links to the appropriate timetable pages
- Mallaig - Armadale Ferry
- Uig - Lochmaddy(North Uist)
- Uig - Tarbert(Harris)
- Sconser - Raasay Ferry
- Small Isles Ferry Service
A number of bus services operate nationally or locally.
For current details of the routes and timings see one or more of the following:
- Stagecoach: Running local services on Skye and throughout the Highlands of Scotland.
- CityLink: Operating express coach services to throughout Scotland.
- National Express: Running express coach services for the whole of the UK.
ScotRail run rail services from throughout Scotland and the UK to the railway stations at Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig. The scenery along these rail routes (The Kyle Line & The West Highland Line) is tremendous.
For current details of the routes and timings see ScotRail's own website.
When travelling by train, I have also found the nationwide route checking and search facility to be especially useful. This can be found at the National Timetable website.