Kylerhea - the last rotatable Car Ferry of he World


Years ago on TV NDR3 we saw a report about the last rotatable car ferry of the world. This ferry crosses the Kyle Rhea, therefor the name, and connects Skye with the mainland, the place of Glenelg.

Naturally it was a must have on our journey and the route to Kylerhea took us through a wonderful landscape which hardly can be found anywhere else.

Somewhere before the Skye Bridge we had to turn off right and could not stop marvelling.

Sure, the route was bumpy and difficult but it was just what we were looking for!

Time seems to have stopped, just loneliness and a scenery to spend the rest of your life in.

In between we only met a few sheep and roes and... 

...the road really was the reward here. Then we reached our actual destination, the last rotatable ferry on this planet, but the car ferry was on the opposite shore so that we took a look around. 

This either was a favourable time or there are just comfortably few passengers.

We seem to be the only ones waiting for the ferry which still is over in Glenelg.

We see how the ramps of the ferry are lifted up before it starts.

With all the time of the world the ferry chugs along, but it takes only a few minutes.

Now the vehicle has moored. A young woman jumps onto the jetty and ties the ferry.

Thrilling because somehow the passengers have to get out. How will that work?

The captain gets off and together they turn the platform with cars and passengers.

Then the ramps come down again and the passengers leave the boat.

"Wanna come along?" the captain of the 'Glenachulish' shouts. What a question!

So that's the world's last rotatable car ferry. Not that complicated, is it? There are no further passengers and we have the honour to be the only travellers on the next crossing.

We simply drive over the ramp onto the ferry. The rest is the job of the captain and his assistant. We may leave the car and watch how the ramps go up. Start!

Well, not yet. Naturally both ramps have to be up so that nothing rolls into the water.

Now we leave Kylerhea behind us. It's windy and bad weather but that does not matter.

A curious seal accompanies us to Glenelg.

Reaching Glenelg and the small lighthouse. All too short a time.

The ramps come down again and we roll ashore.

That's that. Lunch time for the captain and his crew.


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