Bridge or Ferry; Which Is Best For The Isle Of Skye?

If you intend to drive over to the Isle Of Skye you have three options to getting onto the island; the bridge or two ferries, but which is best?

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Isle of skye
Isle of skye

The Kylerhea Turntable Ferry

Located in Glenelg, there has been a car ferry service crossing the Kylerhea straits since 1934.  The “Glenachulish“, the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland, runs annually from Easter until October, seven days a week between 10am and 6pm (10am to 7pm June, July, August).

The ferry is pretty small and it runs approximately every 20 minutes or so. It’s old fashioned and quaint and I guess that’s why we loved it so much. The drawback to this ferry is that you cannot prebook online and if you arrive and there are six or more cars in front of you, you must queue and wait your turn to be crossed.

Fares

Car with up to 4 passengers £15.00
Return £25.00
Six-journey ticket book £40.00
Minibuses from £25.00
Motorbike £7.00
Return £10.00

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Kylerhea ferry
Kylerhea ferry

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Kylerhea ferry
Kylerhea ferry

The Armadale Ferry

The Armadale Ferry leaves from Mallaig and is a much bigger ferry. It runs all year round on both a summer and winter timetable and the crossing takes roughly 45 minutes.

You can book your tickets online, although must collect the tickets from the port.  Prices start at £9.95 per car and £3 per passenger, one way.  This is a busy and popular crossing which transported 285,483 passengers in 2017.

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The Armadale ferry
The Armadale ferry

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The Armadale ferry
The Armadale ferry

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The Skye Bridge

The road over to Skye takes slightly longer than the ferries and in order to get there you’ll need to pass by the Eilean Donan Castle. The bridge was built in 1995 and is 2.4km / 1.5miles long and there is no longer a toll for crossing it.

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Skye bridge
Skye bridge

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Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Where Are They Located

Glasgow Airport

  • Glasgow to Mallaig – 3 hours 48 minutes
  • Glasgow to Glenelg – 4 hours 28 minutes
  • Glasgow to Skye Bridge – 4 hours 33 minutes

Edinburgh Airport

  1. Edinburgh to Mallaig – 4 hours 23 minutes
  2. Edinburgh to Glenelg – 4 hours 39 minutes
  3. Edinburgh t0 Skye Bridge – 4 hours 45 minutes

Inverness Airport

  • Inverness to Mallaig – 3 hours 2 minutes
  • Inverness to Glenelg – 2 hours 9 minutes
  • Inverness to Syye Bridge – 2 hours 6 minutes


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