Getting to the Isle of Skye
While many people will travel across the Skye Bridge to Skye, there are also some very good ferry options. The ferry from Mallaig can be a quick choice and prevents a detour via Kyle of Lochalsh (where the bridge is built).
If you're up for some slow travel then the Glenelg-Skye ferry is worth considering. Via the beautiful mountain road, you arrive at a small and unique ferry.
In addition to connections from mainland Scotland, you can also reach Skye from various islands. Ferries run between Skye and Raasay and from the Outer Hebrides Lewis and Uist.
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Map with crossings to isle of Skye
In total there are 5 ferry crossings to and from the Isle of Skye. Where exactly the ferries depart and arrive can be clearly seen on the map.
There are two ferries to the Isle of Skye from the mainland. You can choose the Mallaig-Armadale ferry and the Glenelg-Skye ferry.
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To Skye from the Scottish Mainland
Mallaig is of particular interest to those coming from the direction of Fort William on the A830, so basically, anyone coming from the south. Often the bridge is still a bit faster to travel to Skye, but the ferry is much more fun!
When the bridge was built in 1996, the Glenelg-Skye ferry became much less attractive. Yet people choose to go on an adventure with this ferry. Because according to many it is a unique crossing. The experience starts with winding roads to the ferry. Then you get on the “Glenachulish”. the last manually operated turntable ferry in existence.
To Skye from the Outer Hebrides
There are two options for those who want to travel from the Outer Hebrides to The Isle of Skye.
For most travellers, this is just the boat back from the Outer Hebrides, but it is interesting to mention for those who are island hopping.
For example, you can take the ferry from Oban or Mallaig to the Outer Hebrides and then take the boat to the Isle of Skye.
Isle of SkyeThe Isle of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. It is about 50 miles / 80 km from southeast to northwest. Bringing a car is therefore quite useful if you want to explore the island well. Nice places to visit are Portree, Dunvegan Castle and the Talisker Distillery. However, many people will also head out into nature to enjoy the beautiful scenery and spot some wildlife. There are a number of websites where you can find good information about the island:
Frequently Asked Questions
The ferry crossings are operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) and the Glenelg-Skye ferry.
The Mallaig-Skye ferry crossing that is operated by Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is well affordable. A one-way journey for 2 adults and a car is a little over £17.00. The Glenelg-Skye ferry is a bit more expensive but not that much. If you travel as a foot passenger, prices start at £3.00. However, the cheapest way to get to the Isle of Skye is by the bridge. This is not a toll bridge, so it is free.
Unfortunately there is no direct ferry connection between Mull and Skye. If you want to travel between the two islands, you can take the Tobermory-Kilchoan or Fishnish-Lochaline ferry and continue to Mallaig harbor where you can take the ferry to Skye.