Kyle

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Eilean Donan Castle featuring a river or creek, heritage elements and château or palace

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 to Isle of Skye!
Amazing Views to Isle of Skye!
Kyle, SCT
The price is £94 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this holiday home in Kyle. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Caisteal Maol and Skye Bridge are located nearby. Discover ...
Amazing Views to Isle of Skye!
Kyle Hotel
Kyle Hotel
3 out of 5
Main Street, Ross-shire, Kyle, Scotland, IV40 8AB
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Kyle Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
3 out of 5
Balmacara, Kyle, Scotland, IV40 8DH
The price is £196 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Kyle. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4/5 Very Good! (47 reviews)
"I love the hotel. The beds are comfortable and could get a very good sleep. The view outside the hotel was amazing too. Breakfast was included and it was awesome. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 6 May 2022

Balmacara Hotel
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Amazing Views to Isle of Skye!
Amazing Views to Isle of Skye!
Kyle, SCT
The price is £94 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this holiday home in Kyle. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Caisteal Maol and Skye Bridge are located nearby. Discover ...
Amazing Views to 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 £99 per night from 16 Jun to 17 Jun
Stay at this holiday home in Kyle. Enjoy WiFi, on-site parking and a TV. Popular attractions Caisteal Maol and Skye Bridge are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
AMAZING VIEWS!! Kyle.1 mile to Isle of Skye! En-suite, , quiet area .Sat tv.
Eilean Donan View
Eilean Donan View
4 out of 5
12 Frances Street, Dornie, Kyle, Scotland, IV40 8DT
Stay at this 4-star cottage in Kyle. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the family amenities in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (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 23 Jul 2019

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