Kyle of Lochalsh

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For the loch to which this town is the gateway, see Loch Alsh.
Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle of Lochalsh is located in Highland
Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle of Lochalsh shown within the Highland council area
Population 739 [1]
Language English
Scottish Gaelic
OS grid reference NG765275
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Kyle
Postcode district IV40
Dialling code 01599
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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Coordinates: 57°17′N 5°43′W / 57.28°N 5.72°W / 57.28; -5.72

Kyle of Lochalsh (from the Scottish Gaelic Caol Loch Aillse, "strait of the foaming loch") is a village on the northwest coast of Scotland, 63 miles (100 km) west of Inverness. It is located at the entrance to Loch Alsh, opposite the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. A ferry which used to connect the two villages was replaced by the Skye Bridge, about a mile (2 km) to the west, in 1995.

Kyle of Lochalsh

The village is the transport and shopping centre for the area as well as having a harbour, marina with pontoons for maritime visitors. The surrounding scenery and wildlife are regarded as attractions of the village, as is the slow pace of life. Crofting as well as more recent crofting pursuits like salmon farming are some of the activities taking place in Kyle of Lochalsh.

Kyle of Lochalsh railway station is connected to Inverness by the Kyle of Lochalsh railway line, built in 1897 to improve public transport to the north-west of Scotland. The line ends on the water's edge, near where the ferry connection used to run.

A land-based control centre of the Royal Naval BUTEC submarine range is based in Kyle of Lochalsh.[2]

Kyle of Lochalsh lies almost precisely 500 miles (800 km) due north of Land's End in Cornwall.

In popular culture[edit]

Main Street, Kyle of Lochalsh
  • In 1980, the BBC did a series of documentaries, entitled "Great Railway Journeys Of The World". The Kyle of Lochalsh appeared in an episode entitled "Confessions of a Trainspotter", presented by Michael Palin. In the segment, Palin travelled by various trains from London to Kyle of Lochalsh. His humour was evident throughout the documentary. Upon reaching the Kyle of Lochalsh, he purchased a large piece of railway memorabilia—the Kyle of Lochalsh railway platform sign. The ending credits showed Palin taking the oversized sign with him back to London, which he then hung on his garden wall at home.
  • Along with nearby town Plockton, the town became the backdrop to the BBC drama series "Hamish MacBeth".
  • Kyle of Lochalsh was visited by the characters in Mark Chadbourn's trilogy, Age of Misrule.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2001". Population figures. Retrieved 17 August 2005. 
  2. ^ "British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC)" Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2008.

External links[edit]

Media related to Kyle of Lochalsh at Wikimedia Commons