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KyleUnited Kingdom

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.

Top Hotels in Kyle

Kyle Hotel
Kyle Hotel
3 out of 5
Main Street, Ross-shire, Kyle, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $168 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

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 ...

3.4/5 (271 reviews)

"Excellent hotel. Basic clean rooms. Friendly staff. The girls were all lovely. Food limited selection but superb with good portions. Highly recommend the Kyle Hotel."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

Kyle Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
3 out of 5
Balmacara, Kyle, Scotland
The price is CA $194 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Nestled on the beach, this Kyle hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Glas Eilean, Plockton Harbour and Eilean Donan Castle. Skye Bridge and Caisteal Maol are also ...

3.4/5 (91 reviews)

"Great views from the restaurant, friendly staff and manager, easy parking."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2020

Balmacara Hotel
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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Nice place but confusing information

"The property was nice and clean. All facilities provided according to the description. Fantastic location! However, the property owner did not communicate via HomeAway nor did she apply the check-out times of the HomeAway website. Very difficult to get in touch and only communication via e-mails ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2019

Eilean Donan View
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kyle

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Nice place but confusing information

"The property was nice and clean. All facilities provided according to the description. Fantastic location! However, the property owner did not communicate via HomeAway nor did she apply the check-out times of the HomeAway website. Very difficult to get in touch and only communication via e-mails ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2019

Eilean Donan View
Druidaig Cottage
Druidaig Cottage
3.5 out of 5
2 Druidaig Cottage Letterfearn, Kyle, Scotland

Situated in Kyle, this cottage is within 12 miles (20 km) of Glen Shiel, Eilean Donan Castle and Glas Eilean. Five Sisters of Kintail and Caisteal Maol are also ...

Druidaig Cottage
Highland Shores
Highland Shores
3.5 out of 5
Highland Shores Sallachy Dornie, Kyle, Scotland

Situated in Kyle, this cottage is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Glas Eilean and within 9 miles (15 km) of Eilean Donan Castle and Skye Bridge. Glen Shiel and Loch Carron ...

Highland Shores
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Kyle

Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle

4/5(18 reviews)

One of Scotland’s most stunning castles, this icon has been featured in movies ranging from Highlander to The World is Not Enough.

Loch Lochy
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Loch Lochy

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Rent a boat to take out on this lake and appreciate spectacular views of forested hills. Learn about the Battle of the Shirts that took place nearby.

Top things to do in Kyle

Epic Remote Adventure
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Epic Remote Adventure

CA $1,031
Per adult
Half-Day Minibus Tour on Isle of Skye
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Half-Day Minibus Tour on Isle of Skye

CA $95
Per adult

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Apr 23, 2019

If arriving late. Only one fish and chip shop seemed open. Restaurant looked like it was better food. So next time I would order from restaurant.

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