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Kyle to Kyleakin Ferry and Lochalsh Hotel

This postcard shows the Kyle to Kyleakin Ferry and the Lochalsh Hotel at Kyle in Ross-shire. Kyleakin has been the main crossing point on Skye from the mainland at least since the17th century. Until the mid-1930s, only one car at a time could be transported across the strait. Today the ferry is no longer in public use due to the building of the Skye Bridge, linking the island to the mainland.

For many years the Lochalsh Hotel catered for traffic using the Kyle to Kyleakin Ferry. The building was originally owned by Sir Alexander Matheson but was sold by his son to the London Midland Scottish Railway Company at the end of the 19th century. At this point the hotel was named the Station Hotel. Several decades later the hotel changed ownership and was re-named, upgraded and extended. Today the Lochalsh Hotel caters for those who stop off at the village before and after crossing the Skye Bridge.

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Kyle to Kyleakin Ferry and Lochalsh Hotel

ROSS: Lochalsh

1960s; 1970s

postcards; ferries; ferry; Skye Ferry; boats; Skye Bridge; hotels; Station Hotel; Alexander Matheson; London Midland Scottish Railway Company; ferry boats

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This postcard shows the Kyle to Kyleakin Ferry and the Lochalsh Hotel at Kyle in Ross-shire. Kyleakin has been the main crossing point on Skye from the mainland at least since the17th century. Until the mid-1930s, only one car at a time could be transported across the strait. Today the ferry is no longer in public use due to the building of the Skye Bridge, linking the island to the mainland.<br /> <br /> For many years the Lochalsh Hotel catered for traffic using the Kyle to Kyleakin Ferry. The building was originally owned by Sir Alexander Matheson but was sold by his son to the London Midland Scottish Railway Company at the end of the 19th century. At this point the hotel was named the Station Hotel. Several decades later the hotel changed ownership and was re-named, upgraded and extended. Today the Lochalsh Hotel caters for those who stop off at the village before and after crossing the Skye Bridge.