Kylesku is situated at the meeting point of Loch a'Chairn Bhain, Loch Glendhu and Loch Glencoul. The 130-metre
wide stretch of water has long been an important crossing point for travellers in the west of Sutherland. A ferry
ran here from the early nineteenth century with a car ferry service starting between the wars. A more modern roll-on
roll-off car ferry service was introduced in 1975 but even this could be unpredictable with services interrupted
by bad weather. If the ferry was not running, traffic would have to make the long detour inland to
In 1984 the ferry service was replaced by the spectacular curving road bridge which now takes all traffic north and
south on the A894. Designed to compliment the stunning scenery in which it is set, the bridge - which has won
several awards - has often been described as one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Photographers and
advertising executives seem to agree as it has appeared in countless photographs and commercials since it was opened
by the Queen.
In the car park on the northern side of the bridge is a memorial marking the 50th anniversary of the formation
of the XIIth Submarine Flotilla. These X-craft miniature submarines trained and operated out of these waters from
1943 before launching an attack on German battleships on the coast of Norway.
During the summer boat trips are available. As well as the spectacular scenery visitors can watch the wildlife,
including seals, otters and eagles, that can be found in this area. There is also a boat trip to visit the
waterfall of Eas a Chual Aluinn. It is 650 feet (200 metres) high, making it the tallest waterfall in Britain.