|An Acarsaid Ord Skye | sitemap | log in|
You can get to Skye in three ways:
1) The Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh is toll free and is the best route if coming from Inverness or Edinburgh, via Dalwhinnie and Spean Bridge, OR from Glasgow and Fort William when the Armadale Ferry timetable does not fit your plans.
2) The community-owned car ferry at Glenelg is a joy to travel on, the last six-car turntable ferry in the UK. It is a spectacular road, from off the main Kyle road and linking back to it again near Broadford on Skye. It runs only during the day in the summer, will add an hour to the journey and costs £12 – a good daytrip out from Ord. Details on www.skyeferry.co.uk
3) The Mallaig to Armadale ferry (Caledonian MacBrayne, or Calmac) is meant to run every 90 minutes from around 8.30am to 6.30pm in the Summer. For the last several years it has been in meltdown, since they took our purpose built ferry and gave us whatever was left over. The journey might take 25 or 45 minutes. While it is the best route coming from the south up the west coast, via Fort William, it is essential that you book and double check ferry times - which are disrupted at lowe tides and if the wind blows (yes, I know it is a ferry!).
In the Winter there are only two ferries – first and last thing in the day.
Details on Calmac ferries - www.calmac.co.uk
Do book ahead. Ring the Mallaif (mainland) office on 01687310240 or Armadale (the Skye Office) on 01471 250090. Press 1 gets you to the central booking office, but press option 2 to talk to the local office direct)
Do not let your car navigation system take you to Mallaig after the ferry has stopped for the night!
Once on Skye
From the Skye Bridge: turn right on the roundabout after the Bridge onto the main road for Broadford and Portree. After around 6 miles the main road has a sharp right turn. Turn left here onto the A851 signed for Armadale, the Clan Donald Centre and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig amongst other places. Clock off around 10 miles and look out for the sign to the right to Ord, Tokavaig and Tarskavaig. Ord is 4 miles down this single track road.
From the Armadale Ferry. Drive north 4.5 or so miles on the A851 until you see the sign for Ord on the left (ignore the first turning after 2 miles!) Turn left to Ord, Tokavaig and Tarskavaig. Ord is 4 miles down this single track road.
When you reach the village, go past the first entrance to a few houses up on the right. Immediately take a second right turn pointing to ‘Ord’ up a sharp little hill. 40 yards up is a blue gate between stone pillars. This is 'An Acarsaid' You can drive down the drive and park outside the house. If you need more space, you can also park in front of the garage.