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“Not the quickest way to Skye but if you like sea-eagles......”
Review of The Skye Ferry

The Skye Ferry
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Glenelg and Lochalsh Half Day Tour from Kyle of Lochalsh
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Glenelg
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
glasgow
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405 reviews
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“Not the quickest way to Skye but if you like sea-eagles......”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

This is quite a long way to get to Skye but on a rising tide, you have a good chance of seeing the nesting sea-eagles that hunt on the narrows which the little ferry crosses.
In decent weather the drive over the Mam Ratagan offers great views of the Five Sisters ridge near the top.There are two good Brochs to see near Glenelg itself,if you like those ancient structures.Glenelg has nothing much to recommend it as a village.The Inn is good but the shore isn't attractive but a few more minutes round to Kylerhea and you're in a different world.
Quiet,unspoiled (apart from those blasted pylons) and nice scenery.Otters live round here too.The sea eagles nest further down the Kyles but they come up on a rising tide to harry the gulls and steal their fish.So time your crossing well to maximise the chance of a close up sighting!
The road on Skye itself is much improved, surface wise but it's a real single track.Narrow, winding, a good 20-25 mins to the main Broadford road but very unspoiled, attractive scenery on each side as you make your way up the lonely glen..
Worth doing occasionally or as often as you want to have a chance of sea-eagle spotting up close.

Visited July 2013
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Skye Ferry”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

One of the highlights of our stay in Glenelg. The ferry crossing was truly memorable experience enhanced by the welcoming staff and star turn Nak, the ferry dog. We needed no excuse to do the trip again. The scenic backdrop is a joy to behold. Highly recommend it to visitors in the area and would drive out of my way to undertake it again. Let's continue to support this fantastic service.

Visited July 2013
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Across the sea to Skye!”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

Well worth the detour down a narrow winding road over the hills to Glenelg to cross over to Skye via an authentic old ferry boat! Very atmospheric. Amazing scenery. You can make a detour down to Gavin Maxwell's home at Sandaig. Watch for sea eagles, otters and seals as well as the collie who helps out on the ferry. Very friendly helpful staff. Makes for a unique experience.

Visited September 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Awesome experience!”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

We bought a roll of 6 crossings for £40 and found this very good value. It's a great experience in itself let alone a useful wy to cross over to Syke. The staff running the ferry are friendly and informative and able to talk about Gavin Maxwell and his otters. Never had to wit long to cross.

Visited July 2013
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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“The auld way accross the Kyle”
Reviewed 15 July 2013

The last working turntable ferry in Europe. Worth the hairy drive over the mountains to reach it. You can guarantee seeing grey seals during the crossing.

Visited July 2013
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