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KyleUnited Kingdom

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.

Top Hotels in Kyle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kyle Hotel
Kyle Hotel
3 out of 5
Main Street, Ross-shire, Kyle, Scotland

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Skye Bridge and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Caisteal Maol. Plockton Harbour and Eilean Donan Castle ...

3.4/5 (261 reviews)

"Nice hotel near Skye. It has self parking and the room was clean although a bit dated."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

Kyle Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
Balmacara Hotel
3 out of 5
Balmacara, Kyle, Scotland
per night
Apr 2 - Apr 3

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 ...

3.4/5Good! (87 reviews)

"The property has a fantastic view and is very easily accessible from Skye. The breakfast was generous and the staff incredibly friendly. The room itself was spacious and clean, with all the necessary amenities. The only critique is that because the hotel is right off the main road it would be very ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Balmacara Hotel
Ratagan Youth Hostel
Ratagan Youth Hostel
4 out of 5
Glenshiel, Ratagan, Kintail, Kyle, Scotland

Situated in Kyle, this eco-friendly hostel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Glen Shiel and within 9 mi (15 km) of Eilean Donan Castle and Five Sisters of Kintail. Glenelg ...

3.8/5Good! (13 reviews)
Perfect location next to lock

"Perfect location next to lock but out of the way for shops and pubs, but thats what this place is about. very friendly staff and great facilities"…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2018

Ratagan Youth Hostel

Popular things to do in Kyle

Skye Bridge
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Skye Bridge

4.5/5(44 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Kyle when you stop by Skye Bridge. Check out the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Loch Hourn
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Loch Hourn

Explore the great outdoors at Loch Hourn, a lovely green space in Kyle. Savor the lively bars and top-notch restaurants while in town.

Eilean Donan Castle
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Eilean Donan Castle

4.5/5(46 reviews)

One of Scotland’s most stunning castles, this icon has been featured in movies ranging from Highlander to The World is Not Enough.

Glenfinnan Viaduct
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Glenfinnan Viaduct

4.5/5(59 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Glenfinnan during your trip to a well-known site like Glenfinnan Viaduct. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Glen Affric
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Glen Affric

5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Glen Affric, a popular green space in Beauly. You can enjoy the restaurants while in the area.

Loch Lochy
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Loch Lochy

4.5/5(37 reviews)

Rent a boat to take out on this lake and appreciate spectacular views of forested hills. Learn about the Battle of the Shirts that took place nearby.

Top activities in Kyle

Wildlife Tours and Photographic Tuition on Isle of Skye and Scotland
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Wildlife Tours and Photographic Tuition on Isle of Skye and Scotland

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Sep 29, 2018

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