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Kyle of Lochalsh Travel Guide - Scotland

Kyle of Lochalsh is a small village on the Northwest coast of the Highlands of Scotland. It owes its development to the coming of the railway to this part of the country in the 19th century. Today the village is the terminus of the Kyle of Lochalsh Line, making it quite easy for visitors to take the train to this location. The village is also located directly across from the Isle of Skye and a bridge joins the mainland to this island.

The slow pace of life in the Kyle of Lochalsh is part of its attraction to visitors. This is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday where you can let the stresses of your daily life float away. It is the ideal location to choose for touring this region of Scotland. As a coastal village the picture perfect scenery looks like you are stepping into a postcard and this is one reason you need to have plenty of film with you or a large memory card in your digital camera.

Visit the Eilean Donan Castle, the most romantic castle in Scotland. Here you can experience the stunning views, walk along the ramparts and imagine yourself living here in the time of the MacRaes and MacKenzies. You will also be able to listen to the haunting sounds of the bagpipes and see the guides dressed in traditional Scottish kilts and tartans. Experience the crafting tradition in the living history museum or Pamela's Wee Cottage in Dornie, where you just might arrive in time to see the roof of the cottage being thatched.

Eilean Donan Castle If you enjoy getting out in the fresh air, then climbing the Applecross Hills of the Kyle of Lochalsh will surely be a treat. It is one of the most dramatic and scenic roads in the country and the scene from the plateau at the top is absolutely breathtaking. During the winter, this is the perfect area for skiing.

Visit the small community of Plockton, a National Trust conservation village that draws artists and photographers from all over the world. Much of the area around Duirinish is wild and uninhabited, but is the perfect spot to see crafting as it once was. The Kyle of Lochalsh is very child friendly, which means that you can let the children go exploring on their own without having to watch their every movement. There is also a playground in the town, a glass bottomed boat and ruined castles for them to explore.

In the Kyle of Lochalsh, the Gaelic language is still widely spoken and the people are really friendly. Enjoy a lively time at the pub and ceilidhs are a regular occurrence. Enjoy great food and make new friends that will have you coming back to this part of the Highlands for many years to come.

Loch Duich in Dornie
Loch Duich