Skye Bridge

Spey Valley

Opened in 1995 the bridge replaced a ferry service that linked Skye to the mainland for centuries. Private contractors undertook the construction of the bridge and they recouped their costs by charging a toll to cross the bridge.

The tolls that were charged to use the bridge were much more expensive than the ferry service that it replaced and much more expensive than any other bridge in Scotland. A campaign of civil disobedience took place with over 500 people charged for non-payment of the bridge tolls. Other protests took place including local people “grazing” sheep around the toll areas to cause maximum disruption to traffic.

In December 2004 the Scottish Government bought out the bridge and tolls were immediately abolished making the bridge free for everyone to use.