First village over the Skye Bridge
on the Isle of Skye
. The Celtic name, Caol Akin comes from the Viking King
(variously Aakin, Harkon etc.) who stationed his troops there on their way to defeat at the hands of the Romans.
Today Kyleakin has a population
of about 200, which means you don't want to be the American tourist
I saw in the Kyle of Lockalsh
tourist center asking "Is this accommodation near to the bus station
"Well, it's near to the bus stop
, and that's as good as you're gonna get." was the friendly reply.
The dramatic ruins of a castle
, supposedly built by Akin's wife (Saucy Mary
), overlook the docks where the ferry ran (before the bridge was built opened in 1999). There are three pubs in town, Saucy Marys
, The Haakin
, and The Kyleakin Hotel
. For a quiet pint of tennants
, I recommend the last. For picking up drunken backpackers
, I recommend the first.