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.

Skye View Cottage Ensuite Family Room
Skye View Cottage Ensuite Family Room
3.5 out of 5
5 Heathmount Place, Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyle, Scotland
The price is AU$191 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Situated in Kyle, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Caisteal Maol and Skye Bridge. Eilean Donan Castle and Plockton Harbour are also within 9 miles (15 ...
Skye View Cottage Ensuite Family Room
Balmacara Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
3 out of 5
Balmacara, Kyle, Scotland
The price is AU$224 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Situated by the sea, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Skye Bridge, Eilean Donan Castle and Plockton Harbour. Caisteal Maol and Loch Carron are also within ...
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"Fully renovated hotel! Chic and modern with a Scottish flair. Great food and service."

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Balmacara Hotel
Kyle Hotel
Kyle Hotel
3 out of 5
Main Street, Ross-shire, Kyle, Scotland
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The price is AU$245 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
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! (295 reviews)
"Cheap and cheerful hotel with excellent, friendly and helpful staff. Very covid safe. Good, varied menu both in the restaurant and the bar. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2021

Kyle Hotel
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Skye View Cottage Ensuite Family Room
Skye View Cottage Ensuite Family Room
3.5 out of 5
5 Heathmount Place, Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyle, Scotland
The price is AU$191 per night from 5 Oct. to 5 Oct.
Situated in Kyle, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Caisteal Maol and Skye Bridge. Eilean Donan Castle and Plockton Harbour are also within 9 miles (15 ...
Skye View Cottage Ensuite Family Room
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
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 Loch Carron and Plockton Harbour. Glenelg Brochs ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Hi Fully equipped and perfect for a family break."

Reviewed on 28 May 2019

Eilean Donan View
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