Kyle of Lochalsh

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 (1.6 km) to the west, in 1995.

Kyle of Lochalsh
Kyle of Lochalsh
Location within the Ross and Cromarty area
Population739 [1]
Scottish Gaelic
OS grid referenceNG765275
 Edinburgh133 mi (214 km)
 London458 mi (737 km)
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKyle
Postcode districtIV40
Dialling code01599
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament


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 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 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.


A public hall in the centre of the town was completed in 1932.[3]


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.

  • 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


  1. "Census 2001". Population figures. Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2005.
  2. "British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC)" Archived 28 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2008.
  3. "New Public Hall for Kyle". The Glasgow Herald. 2 April 1932. p. 7. Retrieved 12 November 2017.

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