Th Skye toll bridge has now abolished it charges.
It spans from Kyleakin to Kyle of Lochalsh, and is the only all year round way of getting on or off Skye (The ferry stops in winter)
The bridge itself is on the pictuesque A87. We drove onto Skye and took the ferry off, giving us the best of both worlds.
As of the 21st december 2004 (this morning!), the Skye Bridge from Kyle on the mainland to Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye, is absolutely free of charge! I simply had to tell everyone the great news!! Hoorah!
Although I would always recommend doing at least one of the Ferry journeys either to or from the island (my personal favourite being the original Isle of Skye Ferry from Glenelg on the mainland to Kylerhea on Skye), the real importance is that we now have a totally FREE option for coming and going, so you can stay on Skye and tour the mainland, or stay on the mainland and tour Skye - either way, the touring bit doesn't have to be restricted by what you can afford!!
I guess to preserve as much of the natural beauty of the Island, the roads around the Isle are real skinny... even when there's two way traffic. A good thing is that the people in Scotland are real friendly so they know when to give way.
So if you are driving around the Isle, make sure you understand the "unwritten" rules about driving and giving way to the other driver.
We hired a car and drove around the UK (Scotland and England only)... It was easy for us since we are used to driving on the left side of the road, although the strange road signs had us wondering a few times... :)
The roads were all very good except for the traffic jams around the larger cities...try to avoid 'peak' hours if you can help it.
The distances between cities in the UK are all fairly short, it doesn't really take too long to get anywhere except if you stop for photos every few minutes. ;)
Coach services to Skye are excellent, with the CityLink heading daily for Portree and on to Uig (connecting with the ferry to outer islands).
However, many travellers find themselves stranded in Portree, on a sunday, with no or a too limited local bus service to enable visiting the places they desperately want to see. Car hire is expensive,but they do much business for this reason.
Your own wheels will be a significant advantage to most tourists.
The nicest part of biking around the island is that you can stop wherever you want and take pictures. No worries about obstructing the way, no worries about parking tickets and no worries about where the next gas station will be... However make sure you filled out in water, that you have warm clothing and also a good shell to protect your against the rain.
The trip from Tarbet on Harris, to Uig, on the car ferry Skye can be smoooth as silk. It can also be rather on the turbulent side.
It was this day, and half of the locals got sick!
I'm still proud that I didn't lose my breakfast.
Getting to Skye: no matter how you get to Kyle of Lochalsh, right opposite the isle of Skye, chances are that you'll have to cross over by tolld bridge to reach Kyleakin in the Isle of Skye. If you're not driving the easiest way - but not the cheapest - is to catch the shuttle bus that ferries visitors regularily across the bridge.
I don't remember the exact prices, and however, they wouldn't be up to date, but I remember then as not being cheap. There's an organisation protesting against these prices - and they also stage protest. Check them out if going there. Webpage addy below
We took the ferry off the Isle from Armadale to Mallaig.
A short but very nice trip., if the weather is kind.
It gives you a better idea of Skye as an Island.