"A short trip to Skye" Glenelg Things to Do Tip by nickandchris
Glenelg Things to Do: 7 reviews and 30 photos
Another wet day. What should we do? We'll hop over to Skye with the motorbike on the Kylerhea ferry and have a walk to the Otter Haven.
As the drizzle set in, we boarded the tiny ferry that was waiting at Kylerhea. Just as it was about to set off, another motorbike arrived. He couldn't believe his luck in not having to wait. I think in season the ferry runs every 15 mins or so or when it has it's full quota of people, 20 being the maxim. Return price for us and motorbike; £8.
It's a great experience and the ferry (privately owned) operators are friendly, knowledgeable types. Yes, they were having a busy summer, despite the weather and they seemed to enjoy their jobs.
Once across, (literally about a 5 min. crossing) we headed off to the Otter hide This is up a steep, narrow road where there is a small carpark. This was already full when we got there at 10.30am so I was glad we only had a motorbike to find space for!!
From the carpark (nice views cross the Sound of Sleat, naturally) you walk along a forest track for a couple of kilometres until you arrive at some toilets and a shelter. From here you branch off to the right and the hide is not far. As you can imagine, it was full,being a wet day!!!! There are windows all round and house binoculars to view with. There was not a sign of any otters but we did see plenty of seals, both in and out of the water. Never mind, it was something to do....(open 9.00am until just before dusk, daily.
From here, we drove up to the top of the Bealach Udal pass we could see from where we were camped. Not quite as steep as it looked. Views were meagre, owing to the low cloud. We sat by a waterfall where there was a breeze and therefore no midges and ate our picnic lunch, in the rain. And then we caught the ferry back. I can now say I've been to Skye.
Address: Crossing to Skye on the Kylerha Ferry.
Directions: Sound of Sleat and once on Skye follow the only road until you see a sign for the otter place. The pass continues to meet the main A87 and so onto Kyleakin and the Skye Bridge. on the other side of Skye.
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