Welcome to Lochalsh 2014
Here at the tourist information centre in Kyle of Lochalsh, We look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of the Highlands of Scotland. Kyle of Lochalsh is the gateway to the Isle of Skye and the whole of Wester Ross. This is an unspoilt area of heather and tree-covered hills, and mountains with streams and waterfalls running down to the sea. There are great walks, many places to visit, lots to do, and wildlife-watching trips to enjoy. Top quality accommodation, campsites and first class dining will round off your visit. Use the links to find accomodation, travel timetables, car hire & more.
Kyle of Lochalsh..................
Kyle of Lochalsh sits right by the world famous bridge to the romantic Isle of Skye (now free to cross). It is the ideal place to base yourself, as it has hotels, B&Bs, banks, restaurants, a pharmacy, toy shop, supermarkets, a camping & hardware store and a Tourist Information Centre. There are various transport options, from mini bus tours of Skye & Wester Ross, trains to Inverness, buses from Inverness, Glasgow & Edinburgh, car hire, bicycle hire and various taxis. Failing any of these, you can always walk!
picture above Eilean Donan Castle, 8 miles from Kyle
The surrounding area has a choice of excellent scenic walks of every grade, most of which are described in guide books and maps available from the Kyle Tourist Information Centre.
On most walks you are unlikely to bump into anybody, so the wildlife is mostly undisturbed. If you tread lightly, keep your camera handy and be prepared for close encounters with Red deer, Roe deer,
Pine Martins and Golden Eagles., along the coast if you are lucky you might spot an Otter.
Around the Coast..............
common seals in lochalsh
Discover trout-filled freshwater lochs
and sealochs filled with an abundance
of amazing wildlife. If you go down to
the coast look out for seals and otters.
Sea-Angling trips are available from Kyle and the Isle of Skye, and can be booked at the Kyle Gift shop and Seaprobe Atlantis ticket office in the main car park.
Wildlife Watching ..............
The sea lochs around Lochalsh have recently
been designated a Marine Special Area of Conservation due to some of the interesting and unusual creatures that inhabit and colonise the deeper reefs. If you want to see seals, sea birds and get up close and personal with some of the other marine life in Lochalsh, take advantage of the opportunity to board the Semi-Submersible Glass Bottom Boat, Seaprobe Atlantis. This award-winning glass bottom boat operates ONLY from Kyle Harbour and is the only vessel of its kind in the UK.Visit their website
The Isle of Skye and beyond.............
There is no location more central for the NW Coast than Kyle. From here you can go West on to Skye; North to Applecross, Lochcarron and Plockton; East to Glen Sheil, Glenelg & Inverness.
Check out the day trip planner for ideas, excursions and the top 11 recommendations. Link to Outdoor Activities