|Kyle of Lochalsh|
|OS grid reference|
|• Edinburgh||133 mi (214 km)|
|• London||458 mi (737 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Kyle of Lochalsh (from the Gaelic Caol Loch Aillse, "strait of the foaming loch") is a village in the historic county of Ross-shire on the northwest coast of Scotland, located around 55 miles (90 km) west-southwest of Inverness. It is located on the Lochalsh peninsula, at the entrance to Loch Alsh, opposite the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. A ferry used to connect the two villages until it was replaced by the Skye Bridge, about a mile (2 km) to the west, in 1995.
The village is the transport and shopping centre for the area as well as having a harbour and marina with pontoons for maritime visitors. The Plock offers a local woodland hike and viewpoint over the peninsula. 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.
A public hall in the centre of the village was completed in 1932.
Kyle of Lochalsh was the departure point, on New Year's Eve 1918, of the HMY Iolaire, which was bringing home soldiers returning from World War I to the Outer Hebrides. It sank close to its destination of Stornoway and the soldiers tragically drowned.
During the 1990s, residents and workers in the area of Kyle of Lochalsh joined together with residents and workers on the Isle of Skye to form the SKAT (Skye and Kyle Against Tolls) anti-toll group movement, to protest against the Skye bridge tolls, which at the time were the highest in the country (GBP 5 per crossing). The protestors were successful in having tolls abolished on the Skye Bridge.
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. Kyle of Lochalsh is the end of the line for the Royal Scotsman service.
In popular culture
- In 1980, the BBC did a series of documentaries, entitled Great Railway Journeys of the World. 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 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.
- It is the birth place of the character Roger Wakefield Mackenzie from the series of books and tv series Outlander.
- "Census 2001". Population figures. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2005.
- "British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC)" Archived 28 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
- "New Public Hall for Kyle". The Glasgow Herald. 2 April 1932. p. 7. Retrieved 12 November 2017.
- "SKAT, Isle of Skye Toll Bridge Main Page". notolls.org.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
- "Toll rises in Skye's battle for freedom road". The Independent. 7 October 1996. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
- "Tolls abolished for Skye Bridge". 21 December 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
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