About the Isle of Scalpay off Skye in Scotland
Directions to Isle of Scalpay and Skye in Scotland
Getting to Skye and Scalpay by Air
The nearest airport is in Inverness. Flybe and EasyJet have daily flights and are very cheap if you book well in advance. Please see the Flybe and/or Easyjet websites for more information.
Easyjet fly from London and Bristol. Flybe include flights from Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Manchester, Newquay & Southampton
For the keen flyers there is a small air strip opposite Scalpay in Broadford. Although Easyjet have announced plans to run a service, there are currently no scheduled flights to this airport.
Getting to Skye and Scalpay by Road
The Kyle of Lochalsh is the main and easiest crossing point to the Isle of Skye.
Follow the signs to Loch Lomond and Crianlarich on the A82 road. Keep on this road to Fort William then either, take the A830 to Mallaig, where you must have a reservation on the ferry, or continue on the A82 to Spean Bridge and then to Invergarry. At Invergarry turn left onto the A87 and follow the signs to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge. From the Skye Bridge, turn right at the round-about, sign-posted to Portree and follow the A87 to Broadford. (Travelling time 4-5 hours.)
Take the A82 via Loch Ness signed to Invermoriston and Kyle of Lochalsh. At Invermoriston turn right to Kyle of Lochalsh on the A887. This becomes the A87 and goes straight to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge. From the Skye Bridge, turn right at the round-about, sign-posted to Portree and follow the A87 to Broadford. (Travelling time, maximum, 2 hours.)
Follow signs to the Forth Road Bridge on the A90 and Perth on the M90. Then take the A9 towards Inverness, as far as Dalwhinnie. Turn left at Dalwhinnie onto the A889 to Spean Bridge. At Spean Bridge turn right onto the A82 sign-posted to Kyle of Lochalsh and Invergarry. Turn left at Invergarry onto the A87 to Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge. From the Skye Bridge, turn right at the round-about, sign-posted to Portree and follow the A87 to Broadford. (Travelling time, 4-5 hours.)
From the Armadale Ferry:
If you come accross to the Isle of Skye on the Armadale Ferry (see below) then take the A851 to Broadford.
Please note that Scalpay is an island with no roads so you will not be able to take your car onto the island. Your car can be left in an off-road parking place on Skye. You will be taken to the island by boat from our parking area.
Getting to Skye and Scalpay by Rail
You can get to Kyle of Lochalsh by rail. Scotrail offer a sleeper service between London Euston and Inverness, amongst other services to the region.
The line between Inverness and Kyle appeared on Michael Palin's 'Greatest Railway Journeys' and is claimed to be Britain's most scenic railway.
If you travel to Fort William, with the aim of catching the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, then you may wish to consider the scenic "Jacobite" Steam train, including the famous 21 arch Glenfinnan viaduct as featured in Harry Potter. Described as one of the "Great Rail Journeys of the World", this is well worth it.
Getting to Skye and Scalpay by Bus
There are two bus services that you may wish to consider when visiting the Isle of Skye. The first is Scottish Citylink and the second is Rapsons, the local bus service. Both are worth investigating.
Getting to Skye and Scalpay by Ferry
A unique & spectacular experience would be to take the last remaining turntable ferry of its kind in the UK- the community owned & run Glenahulish from Glenelg to Skye. It sails from 10am until 6pm/7days a week with crossings every 20minutes. A car with up to 4 passengers is £12.00.
In addition, Caledonian Macbrayne run a frequent ferry from Mallaig to Armadale on the Isleof Skye.
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- Scalpay House, Broadford,
- Isle of Skye, IV49 9BS
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