Kyle signal box a boon to tourism

The newly-restored Kyle railway signal box held a very successful open day recently.

A long-term project of the Skye and Kyle Rail Development Company Ltd, the commercial arm of the Friends of the Kyle Line, the signal box has taken over a year to refurbish.

According to director Peter Beck, the project has been well received and is seen as an important addition to the tourism sector in Kyle.

“The comments we received from a well-known local at the open day were that this is good for Kyle and good for tourism,” said Mr Beck.

The restored signal box comprises a model railway on the first floor, depicting the history of the Kyle line and the importance it had in the crofting, fishing and heritage of the area. There is also a ground-floor self-catering unit for visitors. The project was funded by the Scottish Government, European Community Highland Leader 2007-2013 Programme,  the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Highland Railway Society, the Railway Heritage Trust, and the Friends of the Kyle Line.