Monday, 1 October 2012

KYLERHEA

Apart from the bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin and the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig, there is a third way of travelling between Skye and the mainland. The short five-minute crossing from Kylerhea to Glenelg, across the Kylerhea straits is made in the world's last sea going, hand operated turntable ferry, which operates from Easter to mid-October. The ferry takes just six cars at a time and has one ramp, with a revolving deck which allows cars to disembark. The crossing is enlivened by the fact that the straits are prone to fierce tidal flows which drag the ferry along like a piece of debris in a stream. This spot has been used as a crossing for hundreds of years, and once upon a time cattle were swum across the straits. The straits have been chosen as the site for one of a number of tidal arrays being built around the country aimed at providing renewable energy from a marine source. Nearby is the Kylerhea Otter Haven, where as well as otters, a hide can be used to observe birds of prey, herons, sea birds and grey and common seals.

Map of the area.


© 1970 Anne Burgess, via Wikimedia Commons


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