Lochalsh is the area around the Kyle of Lochalsh, from where you now cross toll-free to the Isle of Skye. It extends along the shores of the Sound of Sleat, where the wee village of Glenelg is a popular holiday destination. Above the Kyle is the peninsula between Loch Alsh and Loch Carron, with the village of Plockton, with its palm-lined loch front and boats bobbing in the bay making it one of the prettiest in Scotland.
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Exploring this Beautiful Region
This is a lovely peaceful area, with wonderful views of and easy access to the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is characterised by the Five Sisters mountains and a number of sea lochs - Loch Hourn in the south, Loch Alsh and Loch Duich in the centre of the area, to Loch Kishorn and Loch Carron in the north.
The only road into the area is the A87 from Invergary at Loch Oich (or the A887 from Invermoriston, on Loch Ness, which joins the A87 near Loch Cluanie). The A87 travels along the northern shores of Loch Duich and Loch Alsh to Kyle of Lochalsh and the road bridge across to Skye.
The area south-east of Loch Duich, known as Kintail, is popular with hill walkers for its Five Sisters mountains (over 1,000 metres high) and the Kintail Ridge. The Glenelg peninsula lies to the south of Loch Duich, accessed off the A87 by a single-track road which leads to the village of Glenelg. This remote but beautiful area is famous for being the location for Gavin Maxwell's book on otters Ring of Bright Water and its Glenelg Brochs, ruins of Iron Age circular towers. There is a short car ferry route from Glenelg to Kylerhea on Skye during the summer. The road continues south to Arnisdale, offering spectacular views towards Knoydart.
Eilean Donan Castle is one of Scotland's most popular attractions due to its stunning location on a small island at the confluence of Loch Alsh, Long Long and Loch Duich, and the romantic bridge which links it to the mainland. Built in the 13th century as protection against the Vikings, it was used as a garrison by Spanish troops in the 18th century, in support of the king James Stuart until King George's navy demolished it. It was restored in the early 20th century and has been used on many occasions as a film location.
Above the Kyle is the peninsula between Loch Alsh and Loch Carron, with the village of Plockton, with its palm-lined loch front and boats bobbing in the bay making it one of the prettiest in Scotland. The picturesque village's sheltered harbour is a popular mooring for yachtsmen. It is also famous as the location of the BBC drama 'Hamish Macbeth' and its beauty has attracted many artists to come and live here.