Kylerhea Ferry
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Kylerhea Ferry

A small village in a parish of the same name in the Inverness-shire district of Highland Council Area, Glenelg lies on Glenelg Bay, an inlet at the northern end of the Sound of Sleat opposite the Isle of Skye. Nearby are the historic remains of Bernera Barracks (dating from 1723) and, in the summer months, a small community-owned ferry connects to Kylerhea on Skye from a terminal 1½ miles (2.5 km) to the northwest. A cast-iron octagonal lighthouse at the terminal was relocated from the Sandaig Islands in 2002. Built in 1910 and 7.3m (24 feet) in height, it was the work of brothers David A. (1854 - 1938) and Charles Stevenson (1855 - 1950). Naturalist and broadcaster Terry Nutkins came to the area at the age of eleven to work with Gavin Maxwell and his otters, making his home in Glenelg until his death in 2012. In the same year the village was 'twinned' with a locality on the planet Mars, with former NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar unveiling a plaque here.

Glenelg is unique as the only palindromic place-name in Britain.

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