Kyle o Lochalsh
Kyle o Lochalsh (frae the Scottish Gaelic Caol Loch Aillse, "strait of the foaming loch") is a veelage on the northwest coast o Scotland, 63 miles (100 km) wast o Innerness. It is locatit on the Lochalsh peninsula, at the entrance tae Loch Alsh, opposite the veelage o Kyleakin on the Isle o Skye. A ferry uised tae connect the twa villages until it wis replaced bi the Skye Brig, aboot a mile (2 km) tae the wast, in 1995.
Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]
The veelage is the transport and shopping centre for the area as well as haein a harbour and marina wi pontoons for maritime visitors. The surroondin scenery and wildlife are regarded as attractions o the veelage, as is the slow pace of life. Crofting as well as mair recent crofting pursuits lik salmon farming are some o the activities takkin place in Kyle o Lochalsh.
Kyle o Lochalsh lies awmaist precisely 500 miles (800 km) due north o Land's End in Cornwall.
History[eedit | eedit soorce]
A public hall in the centre o the toun wis completit in 1932.
Transport[eedit | eedit soorce]
Kyle o Lochalsh railwey station is connected tae Innerness bi the Kyle of Lochalsh railwey line, biggit in 1897 tae improve public transport tae the north-wast o Scotland. The line ends on the watter's edge, near whaur the ferry connection uised tae run.
In popular cultur[eedit | eedit soorce]
- In 1980, the BBC did a series of documentaries, entitled "Great Railway Journeys of the World". The Kyle o Lochalsh appeared in an episode entitled "Confessions of a Trainspotter", presented bi Michael Palin. In the segment, Palin travelled bi various trains frae Lunnon tae Kyle o Lochalsh. His humour wis evident throughout the documentary. Upon reachin the Kyle o Lochalsh, he purchased a lairge piece of railwey memorabilia—the Kyle o Lochalsh railwey platform sign. The endin credits showed Palin takkin the oversized sign wi him back tae Lunnon, which he then hung on his gairden wall at home.
- Alang wi nearby toun Plockton, the toun became the backdrop tae the BBC drama series "Hamish MacBeth".
- Kyle o Lochalsh wis visited bi the characters in Mark Chadbourn's trilogy, Age of Misrule.
References[eedit | eedit soorce]
- "Census 2001". Population figures. Archived frae the oreeginal on 27 Mey 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2005. Unknown parameter
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Media relatit tae Kyle o Lochalsh at Wikimedia Commons