Kyle of Lochalsh is a quiet town in the Scottish Highlands, and is the gateway to the Isle of Skye, the link between Skye and the mainland. The bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh leads to Skye, and is the only way over to Skye by foot, unless you take a ferry across. If you are going to Skye, you will most likely end up in Kyle of Lochalsh. There is a train station and it is easy to reach by bus or car. You can take the bus from Kyle of Lochalsh into the beautiful highlands or into the Isle of Skye itself. There are also boats that go to the island or do day tours looking for dolphins and seals and leave from Kyle of Lochalsh.
While staying at your Kyle of Lochalsh hostel, you will find a grocery store in town, close to the bus stop, and there are lots of little shops selling all kinds of Scottish-inspired trinkets. Check out the railway station and the museum to learn about the history of transportation to and through Kyle of Lochalsh, an often bypassed village, simply because of the bridge that took away the ferry queues and people milling about in the town.
The view from the Skye bridge, however, is not one to be missed, and is only about a half-hour away by walking. Note that if you have a car, Kyle of Lochalsh is best explored on foot, and there are places to park for free (more on the outskirts of the town) and the harbor has some great scenic views over to the Isle of Skye. Head inland for the day to Eileen Donan Castle if you're in the mood for a beautiful castle, or head into Plockton and go sea-kayaking.
Kyle of Lochalsh is a quiet village to explore, but is worth the visit for a day or two if you've got the time. If not, a few hours will do just fine.
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