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Updated 12/21/2018


Dornie Ferry


"Blink and you'll miss it..." A common expression, and one that is especially apt for Dornie. This charming village stands some eight miles east of Kyle of Lochalsh at the meeting point of Loch Duich to the south east, Loch Alsh to the West, and Loch Long to the north east. Dornie stretches for over half a mile along the east shore of Loch Long. Motorists driving north west along the A87 as it follows the shore of Loch Duich will certainly be aware of the magnificent Eilean Donan Castle.

Dornie's origins are unclear. Until the early 1800s the main overland route to the Isle of Skye took off south west from the head of Loch Duich and the foot of Glen Shiel, taking travelers to Glenelg and the short crossing of the Kyle Rhea to Skye itself. This changed when Thomas Telford completed his Kintail Road in the early 1820s.

It was still necessary to use a ferry to progress west from Dornie until 1940. The bridge that made the ferry redundant was a single track concrete structure that crossed the loch from the center of the village. It was replaced in 1990 by the bridge that motorists use (and barely notice) today.