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Kyle of Lochalsh and the Cuillins, Skye

This postcard shows Kyle of Lochalsh and the Cuillin Hills. It is believed that a settlement has existed at Kyle from at least the 1600s, but it was not until 1897, when the Highland Railway came to the village, that Kyle saw rapid growth. The village has been the main crossing point from the mainland to the island of Skye from as early as the 17th century and less than a century later it also became the terminus for ferries to Stornoway.

The village's role as ferry terminus declined in the 1970s when the Stornoway ferries chose to cross from Ullapool and in 1985 the Kyle to Kyleakin ferry was replaced by the Skye Bridge. Despite these significant changes, the village is still visited by many tourists every year on their journey to and from Skye and Kyle remains the terminus of the Kyle of Lochalsh railway line.

The Cuillin Hills are among the steepest mountains in the United Kingdom and are the highest mountain range in the Hebrides. They include 15 peaks above 3000 feet and are formed from two main ridges (the Black Cuillin and the Red Cuillin). Records show that the first climber to ascend the Cuillin was the Reverend C. Lesingham Smith, in 1835.

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Kyle of Lochalsh and the Cuillins, Skye

ROSS: Lochalsh

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This postcard shows Kyle of Lochalsh and the Cuillin Hills. It is believed that a settlement has existed at Kyle from at least the 1600s, but it was not until 1897, when the Highland Railway came to the village, that Kyle saw rapid growth. The village has been the main crossing point from the mainland to the island of Skye from as early as the 17th century and less than a century later it also became the terminus for ferries to Stornoway. <br /> <br /> The village's role as ferry terminus declined in the 1970s when the Stornoway ferries chose to cross from Ullapool and in 1985 the Kyle to Kyleakin ferry was replaced by the Skye Bridge. Despite these significant changes, the village is still visited by many tourists every year on their journey to and from Skye and Kyle remains the terminus of the Kyle of Lochalsh railway line.<br /> <br /> The Cuillin Hills are among the steepest mountains in the United Kingdom and are the highest mountain range in the Hebrides. They include 15 peaks above 3000 feet and are formed from two main ridges (the Black Cuillin and the Red Cuillin). Records show that the first climber to ascend the Cuillin was the Reverend C. Lesingham Smith, in 1835.