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Lochalsh form Skye Bridge
 

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Lochalsh form Skye Bridge - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken from Skye Bridge. The picture shows a view back down Lochalsh with views of both Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin. In the other direction, the skyline of the Red Cullin hills are visible as a silhouette by the late afternoon sun.

Lochalsh form Skye Bridge - FURTHER INFORMATION

Lochalsh form Skye Bridge - Scottish Highlands visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Lochalsh form Skye Bridge' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.

The Skye Bridge links Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland of Scotland with Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye, crossing the mouth of Lochalsh. The bridge was built to replace the car ferry which was struggling to cope with increasing tourist traffic. It makes a very impressive landmark, often used in Skye promotional material. It can be clearly seen from Kyle of Lochalsh and from the Plock Viewpoint. The Skye Bridge is actually two bridges, using Eilean Bàn island as a stepping stone en route.

The Skye Bridge opened in 1995, built as a PFI programme, and ran as a toll bridge. This was extremely unpopular, not least because there was no alternative as the car ferry had been decommissioned when the bridge opened. Eventually, after a prolonged non-payment campaign and increasing political pressure, the toll was abolished. By that time the PFI company was charging £11.40 for a return trip and had collected over £33M, ten times their running costs. Today use of the bridge is free, though it can sometimes be closed in very bad weather conditions.

The only alternative routes to the Isle of Skye is via car ferry crossing from Armadale to Mallaig, near to Fort William, or the Glenelg-Kylherea ferry.

TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE

Road: A87 from Kyle of Lochalsh or the Isle of Skye.



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