BY SEA TO THE GLENELG BROCHS



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The Skye to Glenelg Ferry Crossing

Recently we had friends staying and took the opportunity to take scenic drive and  a unique ferry ride to show them the brochs over on the mainland at Glenelg. I have previously written about the  broch nearby to Lyndale, Dun Suladale, but the Glenelg brochs are in a better condition having been stabilised by Scottish Heritage.

The drive along a single track road is spectacular then the ferry ride over to the mainland or Scotland as it is referred to locally is itself a unique experience. The small community owned ferry is the last manually operated turntable ferry in THE WORLD! 
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Brochs are circular structures, unique to northern Scotland and built between 100 BC and 100 AD.  These great towers reached 12 – 13 metres in height and were built using stone – expertly fitted together without using any mortar.  One small entrance at the foot of the tower was the only opening in the entire structure.

Whilst we’ve visited the brochs several times over the years, our friends had not and were captivated by the ferry crossing  and fascinated by these ancient structures which have stood the test of time.

The ferry runs from Easter to October and our guests often use it to either arrive or depart from Skye, it is worth the detour.

 

The surviving structure of one of the Brochs at Glenelg

The doorway into the Broch

Steps inside the Glenelg Broch