Kyle of Lochalsh

For the loch to which this town is the gateway, see Loch Alsh.
Kyle of Lochalsh
Scottish Gaelic: Caol Loch Aillse
Kyle of Lochalsh
 Kyle of Lochalsh shown within the Highland council area
Population 739 [1]
Scottish Gaelic
OS grid referenceNG765275
Council areaHighland
Lieutenancy areaRoss and Cromarty
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post town Kyle
Postcode district IV40
Dialling code 01599
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK ParliamentRoss, Skye and Lochaber
Scottish ParliamentSkye, Lochaber and Badenoch
List of places

Coordinates: 57°17′N 5°43′W / 57.28°N 5.72°W / 57.28; -5.72

Kyle of Lochalsh (from the Scottish Gaelic Caol Loch Aillse, "strait of the foaming loch") is a village on the northwest coast of Scotland, 63 miles (100 km) west of Inverness. It is located at the entrance to Loch Alsh, opposite the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. A ferry which used to connect the two villages was replaced by the Skye Bridge, about a mile (2 km) to the west, in 1995.

Kyle of Lochalsh

The village is the transport and shopping centre for the area as well as having a harbour, 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.

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.

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.

Main Street, Kyle of Lochalsh

See also


  1. "Census 2001". Population figures. Retrieved August 17, 2005.
  2. "British Underwater Test and Evaluation Centre (BUTEC)" Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 20 December 2008.

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