- Kyle Of Lochslsh Latitude 57.281110 Longitude -5.713349
- Kyle Of Lochslsh Postcode IV40
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Kyle Of Lochalsh this is the ferry port for Skye and is in consequence a very busy place in summer.
The community developed around the railhead once the line had been extended westwards from Strome Ferry in the 1890s. Kyle of Lochalsh makes a good excursion point for discovering Torridon a Apple cross to the north or Kintail to the east.
The areas to the south remain remote and secluded. EXCURSIONS Northwards to Ullapool via Gairloch. Eilean Donan Castle. - 9 miles to the east by the A 87. The castle has an idyllic island site (today linked by a bridge) with a superb mountain and loch setting. Following the abortive Jacobite rising of 1719 the ruins were abandoned for 200 years, until the 20C when a complete reconstruction was undertaken.
The two rooms open to the public (Billeting Room and Banqueting Ha have a variety of MacRae mementoes. For long the MacRaes were guardians of castle for, and bodyguards to, the MacKenzies and hence known as "Mackenzie's South of Mail.
The vantage point of the outer ramparts offers excellent views of the three lochs. Beyond at the head of loch Ouich is Glen Shiel this grandiose V-shaped valley passes from the head of Loch Duich through to Loch Cluanie.
Stretching six miles down the left side of the Glen are the Five Sisters, abruptly from the lochside some of the peaks top 3000ft.
The valley was the site of the battle of Glen Shiel which ended the Jacobite rising of 1719 a Jacobite expedition with Spanish troops had landed two months earlier and occupied Eilean Donan, the troops were forced to surrender to the bombardment from three English frigates and the battle was the concluding action in this short lived episode.
Kyle of Lochalsh known for some generations as the main access-point for Skye by the brief ferry crossing the terminus of the railway line from Inverness and the main road from the east, a small town and well-equipped tourist centers it has also been involved in oilfield activities due to its proximity to Loch Kishorn.
The Royal Navy also has a used the area. These activities have made Kyle of Lochalsh busier than formerly, but it is still the place from which to explore Skye. Glenshiel and Strathcarron and the road from the north via Shieldaig and Strome ferry also ends here and from here there are the best views of the Cuillins und at the Plock there is an indicator identifying them.