Kyle
Travel Guide

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.

Kyle Hotel
Kyle Hotel
3 out of 5
Main Street, Ross-shire, Kyle, Scotland
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £89 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

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! (284 reviews)

"Exec rooms are great, large, very clean. Staff exeptianally accomodating for our long stay."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2020

Kyle Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
3 out of 5
Balmacara, Kyle, Scotland
The price is £132 per night from 7 Apr to 8 Apr

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 (93 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Balmacara Hotel
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.
Lochalsh Rd, 2, Kyle, SCT
The price is £84 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Located in the heart of Kyle, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Skye Bridge and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Caisteal Maol. Eilean Donan Castle and Plockton Harbour ...

AMAZING VIEWS!! Kyle.1 mile to Isle of Skye! En-suite, , quiet area .Sat tv.
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.
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.
Lochalsh Rd, 2, Kyle, SCT
The price is £84 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Located in the heart of Kyle, this holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Skye Bridge and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Caisteal Maol. Eilean Donan Castle and Plockton Harbour ...

AMAZING VIEWS!! Kyle.1 mile to Isle of Skye! En-suite, , quiet area .Sat tv.
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 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 23 Jul 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.

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5/5 - Excellent

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19 May 2019

Great Location to start your trip to isle of sky A drive around isle of sky with great scenic beauty is unforgettable Tourist information services needs improvement

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

6 May 2019

The Kyle hotels description is a boutique hotel....maybe after the upgrades are done it might be!!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Mar 2019

Breath taking ,,serenely, good for time out and relaxation. Unfortunately many centres of ineterest open in April onwards. So disappointed not to see them.

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