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Kyle
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Eilean Donan Castle which includes château or palace, heritage elements and a river or creek

The mainland gateway to the island of Skye, this tiny town features pretty white-washed buildings and access to a number of lovely walking areas.

Kyle, also known as Kyle of Lochalsh, is the largest village in Lochalsh. This low-key town is a wonderful base for exploring the Isle of Skye and Scotland’s northwestern coast. Enjoy the views of the iconic Skye Bridge, take a scenic train ride and journey to the famous castle just outside town.

Until 1995, ferries bound for Skye departed from Kyle, making this town an important stopover point for visitors touring the island. The opening of the Skye Bridge eliminated the need for the ferry and significantly changed the town’s role. Kyle remains a charming place to linger, with attractive streets and whitewashed buildings. After walking around town, cross the bridge and continue to the Isle of Skye by car or on foot.

For an excellent view of the bridge, make the 2-mile (3-kilometer) hike to the Plock of Kyle viewpoint. This hilltop offers fantastic views across to the Isle of Skye, with a view indicator available to help you identify the peaks.

The Kyle Line is one of Scotland’s most scenic railway routes, stretching from Inverness to Kyle. The short section of the route between Kyle and Strathcarron is among the most picturesque. Enjoy it on a daytrip. After the ride, see the historic railway memorabilia in the Kyle Line Museum. Located in the Kyle Railway Station, the museum features black-and-white photographs of the region and examines the impact of the railway on Scotland during the early days of train travel.

Journey to famous Eilean Donan Castle, located a short drive east of Kyle. Dating from the 13th century, this striking castle is one of Scotland’s most recognizable landmarks. Explore restored interior rooms filled with Jacobean artifacts and see beautiful views over three surrounding sea lochs from high on the castle battlements.

Kyle is 78 miles (126 kilometers) from Inverness. Reach the town by bus or train. Make time for a stop in quaint Kyle en route to the Isle of Skye.

Amazing Views!! Kyle.1 Mile to Isle of Skye! En-suite, , Quiet Area .sat tv
Amazing Views!! Kyle.1 Mile to Isle of Skye! En-suite, , Quiet Area .sat tv
Kyle, SCT
The price is CA $129 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 3
Located in the heart of Kyle, this vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Skye Bridge and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Caisteal Maol. Eilean Donan Castle and Plockton Harbour ...
Amazing Views!! Kyle.1 Mile to Isle of Skye! En-suite, , Quiet Area .sat tv
Balmacara Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
3 out of 5
Balmacara, Kyle, Scotland
The price is CA $223 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in Kyle, this beach hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Glas Eilean, Eilean Donan Castle, and Skye Bridge. Plockton Harbour and Caisteal Maol are also within ...
3.4/5 (93 reviews)
"Great views from the restaurant, friendly staff and manager, easy parking."

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

Balmacara Hotel
Kyle Hotel
Kyle Hotel
3 out of 5
Main Street, Ross-shire, Kyle, Scotland
The price is CA $213 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Skye Bridge and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Caisteal Maol. Eilean Donan Castle and Plockton Harbour are ...
3.4/5Good! (285 reviews)
"Great hotel nestled away from the main road. The local amenities are very close by and the loch is a minutes walk away. Very clean and well laid out room with everything that I needed Thankyou"

Reviewed on Mar. 18, 2021

Kyle Hotel
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Eilean Donan View
Eilean Donan View
4 out of 5
12 Frances Street, Dornie, Kyle, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Eilean Donan Castle and within 12 mi (20 km) of Plockton Harbour and Loch Carron. Glenelg Brochs ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Hi Fully equipped and perfect for a family break."

Reviewed on May 28, 2019

Eilean Donan View
Large Newly Built Luxury Property With Superb Views of Kintail, Close to Skye
Large Newly Built Luxury Property With Superb Views of Kintail, Close to Skye
Kyle, SCT
This family-friendly Kyle vacation home is located by the sea, 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Eilean Donan Castle, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Glas Eilean and Glen Shiel. ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)
Lovely location and beautiful house.
"Fantastic house and location"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2020

Large Newly Built Luxury Property With Superb Views of Kintail, Close to Skye
Ferry Cottage
Ferry Cottage
3.5 out of 5
Lochalsh House Balmacara, Kyle, Scotland
Situated in Kyle, this cottage is within 6 mi (10 km) of Skye Bridge, Eilean Donan Castle, and Glas Eilean. Caisteal Maol and Plockton Harbour are also within ...
Ferry Cottage
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