The world's last turntable ferry has a really clever design

In Glenelg, on the west coast of Scotland, there's the Skye Ferry: the last turntable ferry in the world. And the reason for that turntable is a lot more clever than I initially thought.

Thanks to all the team at the Skye Ferry! skyeferry.co.uk

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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    Acum 10 Zile

    I hope you'll forgive the stereotypical red arrows in the thumbnail. They seemed appropriate, at least this once!

    • Savage wizardwitch

      Savage wizardwitch

      Acum o Zi

      @Tom Scott wahhhhhhh so cool so much I haven't seen yet

    • Mixup 221

      Mixup 221

      Acum 3 Zile

      They make sense because they arent like "LOOK AT THIS!!!" they are more just there to make it more clear how the ferry works.

    • Paf

      Paf

      Acum 6 Zile

      @Umutcan AMOGUS?!?!?!!?!!?!??!!??!

    • AlienXotic

      AlienXotic

      Acum 7 Zile

      ye

    • darragh

      darragh

      Acum 7 Zile

      No bother

  2. Thelaw88898

    Thelaw88898

    Acum 3 ore

    it’s just a ferry with extra steps

  3. bofooit gojo

    bofooit gojo

    Acum 5 ore

    Alternate title: "I promise this story about a ferry is interesting."

  4. Zubayer Islam Rezoan

    Zubayer Islam Rezoan

    Acum 7 ore

    I am more curious to know what a General Manager has to do with a car ferry.

  5. inoob26

    inoob26

    Acum 10 ore

    *LOOK AT HOW THE TURN TABLES*

    • bofooit gojo

      bofooit gojo

      Acum 5 ore

      I absolutely love the way they pronounce ferry

  6. Scudo Smyth

    Scudo Smyth

    Acum 11 ore

    And the drive over to the ferry has amazing views.

  7. Beach Bum

    Beach Bum

    Acum 12 ore

    The best advert ever for the isle of Skye and one of the very best ever for Scotland - Plus really really interesting content - For this quality of publicity you deserve to be paid mate - Thank Scott :)

  8. bodoti qwiu

    bodoti qwiu

    Acum 22 ore

    compelling enough

  9. Hartmann Denham

    Hartmann Denham

    Acum o Zi

    The short croissant ultimately accept because children individually drain regarding a vengeful insulation. debonair, unaccountable goal

  10. Robert Stewart

    Robert Stewart

    Acum o Zi

    I regularly take this ferry at Gleann Eilg - always a great chance to see passing porpoises in the strong waters. The scenic road North starting from the other quay is worth travelling, too, hence the smart motors on the ferry!

    • bodoti qwiu

      bodoti qwiu

      Acum 22 ore

      You have an amazing life.

  11. Brum Bram

    Brum Bram

    Acum o Zi

    I have been on it with a motorbike! Liked it a lot, saw a seal swimming near us while we were on it. But I had nog idea it was manually pushed around and the last of its kind in the world.

  12. Jobbie Jew

    Jobbie Jew

    Acum o Zi

    Shhhhhh don’t tell the Americans about the oil fella! We don’t want to have ‘freedom’ installed

  13. Internet Things

    Internet Things

    Acum o Zi

    Banana 🍌

  14. Daz Scott

    Daz Scott

    Acum 2 Zile

    The husky sneeze additionly happen because dirt aetiologically tame against a safe profit. regular, ashamed rubber

  15. rainbow puke

    rainbow puke

    Acum 2 Zile

    For such a rare type of ferry you expect rare cars to be in it and it does not disapoint

  16. S Sifr

    S Sifr

    Acum 2 Zile

    "Thank you ferry much" I just can't unhear it.

  17. Dusin Bonnema

    Dusin Bonnema

    Acum 2 Zile

    If a ship was built to do this today, would they use a side thruster or turning thrusters instead? (asking for those with ship expertise out there)

  18. Steve the Pirate

    Steve the Pirate

    Acum 2 Zile

    Have you done a video on railroad turntables, because you should do one on railroad turntables. Same concept, but for a Victorian era Steam Locomotive.

  19. Guess Undheit

    Guess Undheit

    Acum 2 Zile

    And I'll bet they're as anti-cyclist as anywhere else.

  20. Collosall Squid

    Collosall Squid

    Acum 2 Zile

    I absolutely love the way they pronounce ferry

  21. yo nigle

    yo nigle

    Acum 3 Zile

    skye boat song

  22. Mixup 221

    Mixup 221

    Acum 3 Zile

    I wish you didnt cut the video right before the truck drived off

  23. Ian Fiddes

    Ian Fiddes

    Acum 3 Zile

    Corran ferry and Ballachulish ferry both had turntable units. Ballachulish ferries closed when the bridge opened.

  24. mappe4

    mappe4

    Acum 3 Zile

    ekelhaft lange Telekom Werbung!!

  25. Neildoe

    Neildoe

    Acum 3 Zile

    You have an amazing life.

  26. Mister

    Mister

    Acum 3 Zile

    Awesome.

  27. JayDee

    JayDee

    Acum 3 Zile

    1:22 Don't mind me here, I just needed a button to automatically go to the amazing phrase "The ferry is very ~" 😂

  28. Uki Malefu

    Uki Malefu

    Acum 3 Zile

    Hold motorcycles steady, handbrake ON

  29. mb

    mb

    Acum 3 Zile

    You already checked on how much rpm it can do?

  30. TheAmir259

    TheAmir259

    Acum 3 Zile

    Does it take a locomotive?

  31. Afferodolor

    Afferodolor

    Acum 3 Zile

    I went on this ferry once, it was super cool! Slight warning though - the road down to it is quite steep and probably not great if you're not a confident driver.

  32. pi hermoso

    pi hermoso

    Acum 3 Zile

    3:20 is that an Aston Martin DB4 (or DB5) roadster? with a Morgan roadster behind it...?

  33. Magnús Másson

    Magnús Másson

    Acum 3 Zile

    Drama queens.

  34. Gamimg with Nath

    Gamimg with Nath

    Acum 3 Zile

    There should be a printer that is dyslexic and prints out documents with slight errors.

  35. Nozyspy

    Nozyspy

    Acum 3 Zile

    I thought the ferry was going to sit parallel to the flow of water, using its engines to counter the current whilst the turntable swivelled around to let the cars off.

  36. David Handley

    David Handley

    Acum 3 Zile

    I’m disappointed Tom. I was expecting the car that drove off the ferry to crash and burst into flames!

  37. Emily An

    Emily An

    Acum 3 Zile

    compelling enough

  38. CC

    CC

    Acum 3 Zile

    Hey, isn't this the Scottish road that is also a boat?

  39. handpaper

    handpaper

    Acum 4 Zile

    Tom's new greeting for ordinary, but interesting folk: "I'll make you famous."

    • Emily An

      Emily An

      Acum 3 Zile

      I like her Scot accent

  40. SF Nadim

    SF Nadim

    Acum 4 Zile

    A lazy susan for cars

    • Pinned by Tom Scott

      Pinned by Tom Scott

      Acum 4 Zile

      ,ͦTͦhͦaͦnͦkͦ yͦoͦuͦ fͦoͦrͦ yͦoͦuͦrͦ fͦeͦeͦdͦbͦaͦcͦkͦ,ͦ ͦ ͦ Iͦ wͦiͦlͦlͦ iͦnͦtͦrͦoͦdͦuͦcͦeͦ yͦoͦuͦ tͦoͦ aͦ lͦiͦfͦeͦ cͦhͦaͦnͦgͦiͦnͦgͦ iͦnͦvͦeͦsͦtͦmͦeͦnͦtͦ

  41. hen ko

    hen ko

    Acum 4 Zile

    "A social experiment we dont want to be involved in" is as brilliant phrase.

  42. Emlif

    Emlif

    Acum 4 Zile

    Noice 999k views.

    • Emlif

      Emlif

      Acum 4 Zile

      And a million now!

    • Pinned by Tom Scott

      Pinned by Tom Scott

      Acum 4 Zile

      ,ͦTͦhͦaͦnͦkͦ yͦoͦuͦ fͦoͦrͦ yͦoͦuͦrͦ fͦeͦeͦdͦbͦaͦcͦkͦ,ͦ ͦ ͦ Iͦ wͦiͦlͦlͦ iͦnͦtͦrͦoͦdͦuͦcͦeͦ yͦoͦuͦ tͦoͦ aͦ lͦiͦfͦeͦ cͦhͦaͦnͦgͦiͦnͦgͦ iͦnͦvͦeͦsͦtͦmͦeͦnͦtͦ

  43. Paul Betka

    Paul Betka

    Acum 4 Zile

    Work's 🤨 🤔 Awesome 👍🏻😎

    • hen ko

      hen ko

      Acum 4 Zile

      Absolutely fascinating, I had no idea this was still in service.

  44. computerjantje

    computerjantje

    Acum 4 Zile

    kewl video. I did not know these even existed.

  45. Liquid Sofa

    Liquid Sofa

    Acum 4 Zile

    Here, in my part of Australia, we have a ramp on each ilsand, out in the water are pylons. The barge comes into the land, between the pylons and the pylons sort of hold it in place. That way the current is moot when the barge is between the pylons.

  46. Genre Oddly

    Genre Oddly

    Acum 4 Zile

    Dear person that's reading this, we don't know each others but I wish you all the best in life don't ever blame yourself, accept things and go forward. Your smile is precious and a key for happy life. Love from a small ROfilmr❤❤❤❤❤

  47. Rainer Fantasie

    Rainer Fantasie

    Acum 4 Zile

    In the age of mobile phones with cameras everywhere we see more and more videos of interesting things or events that are done by amateurs. Therefore there's no cuts, no schematics, no animations, no interview bits etc... made or put in. So now when see a professional video with all those things added, I realize how much those disturb my watching experience.

  48. Ronnie G

    Ronnie G

    Acum 4 Zile

    iI'll never forget using the Ballaculish turntable ferry in 1969 in my friend's Wolsley 1500 before the bridge was built.

  49. Eric

    Eric

    Acum 4 Zile

    You can build 2 walls next to the ramp, so the ferry always stay in line.

  50. Caged

    Caged

    Acum 4 Zile

    Translate this to English please.

  51. Michael Falciglia

    Michael Falciglia

    Acum 4 Zile

    "So where did you say the bridge was again?"

  52. Speed

    Speed

    Acum 4 Zile

    The only one left in the World says a lot. Think about it . . . . ...

  53. Nootpocket

    Nootpocket

    Acum 5 Zile

    The ripe dream intrinsically disarm because consonant modestly expand minus a shallow bail. horrible, noisy yam

  54. Shub Nee-chan

    Shub Nee-chan

    Acum 5 Zile

    I like her Scot accent

  55. tom ellis

    tom ellis

    Acum 5 Zile

    Lateral, i.e. sideways thinking. Brilliant.

  56. KORTOKtheSTRONG

    KORTOKtheSTRONG

    Acum 5 Zile

    w

  57. Grassy Ranks

    Grassy Ranks

    Acum 5 Zile

    Absolutely fascinating, I had no idea this was still in service.

  58. Prabhu Narayan Chaudhary

    Prabhu Narayan Chaudhary

    Acum 5 Zile

    Loved the Design.

  59. lampost1

    lampost1

    Acum 5 Zile

    Been on it a few times. Great drive.

  60. PikaDamos

    PikaDamos

    Acum 5 Zile

    If cars can be unloaded sideways. This is brilliant if one can utilize this in different countries.

  61. Rain Man

    Rain Man

    Acum 5 Zile

    this is so cool, thanks for the video...short, sweet, and to the point....LOVE IT !

  62. Ernst de Roo-Straatemans

    Ernst de Roo-Straatemans

    Acum 5 Zile

    I remember the Isle of Skye as one of the most beatiful places on earth, but this ferry alone is a reason to get back

  63. Nabh Chandra

    Nabh Chandra

    Acum 5 Zile

    "Well, well, well, how the turntables.. " - Michael Scott

  64. Chance Slaughter32

    Chance Slaughter32

    Acum 5 Zile

    Omg the moment I realize people have to turn it manually

  65. Stephen Ford

    Stephen Ford

    Acum 5 Zile

    It's a good thing that the SNP have had nothing to do with this successful Ferry project ... ! 😁 Maybe this idea should be exported to other Countries that could benefit a lot by this common-sense and practical solution ... Africa & South America are certainly places where I have seen videos of places that could benefit from this approach involving minimal infrastructure cost and maintenance ... Fascinating story. Thanks.

  66. Rayaqin

    Rayaqin

    Acum 5 Zile

    oh how the turntables

  67. ailaG

    ailaG

    Acum 5 Zile

    Oh, how the tables have turned.

  68. Mary Grace Ortega

    Mary Grace Ortega

    Acum 5 Zile

    every time they say "ferry" pretend that they said "fairy"

  69. potato in-a-cup

    potato in-a-cup

    Acum 5 Zile

    oh, how the turn tables

  70. B. Xoit

    B. Xoit

    Acum 5 Zile

    Engineers can solve problems if someone sets them to it. But no gov't sics a pack of engineers on the issue of the average temperatures pushing toward the edge of where humans can survive. No pack of engineers is sent to solve overconsumption or waste or overshoot of the industrial revolution and overshoot of control of everything by capital.

  71. Marcus Dewhurst

    Marcus Dewhurst

    Acum 5 Zile

    If anything happens to the bridge then the ferry is gonna be a life saver

  72. Soinas Doyi

    Soinas Doyi

    Acum 5 Zile

    I was on this ferry 5 years ago and only now have I learned how unique it is

  73. Dragon Slayer

    Dragon Slayer

    Acum 5 Zile

    And they don't show their dog, they have or had, a Border Collie that'd help out by pulling ropes when docking the ferry and whatnot.

  74. Dragon Slayer

    Dragon Slayer

    Acum 5 Zile

    I've been on that ferry!

    • Soinas Doyi

      Soinas Doyi

      Acum 5 Zile

      how the turn tables

  75. CoolDerp202

    CoolDerp202

    Acum 5 Zile

    why do I never feel like clicking your videos but something makes me and i ALWAYS come out not regretting a thing

  76. j2simpso

    j2simpso

    Acum 5 Zile

    I wonder if it plays 45 or 33 RPMs? 🤔😅

  77. whyyoulidl

    whyyoulidl

    Acum 6 Zile

    Thx Tom. It's now on the bucket list!

  78. certifiedkerbal

    certifiedkerbal

    Acum 6 Zile

    Wait so he’s British one ☝️ isiwosoodo

  79. xxxyz721

    xxxyz721

    Acum 6 Zile

    I remember riding on that ferry as a kid before the bridge was built..... :).

  80. Nagora Nerides

    Nagora Nerides

    Acum 6 Zile

    The other great thing about it is that if you cross to Sky there you don't have to look at the horrible Sky Bridge that they built on the other side of the island.

  81. Ren Tentwenty

    Ren Tentwenty

    Acum 6 Zile

    Another one of those "only in the UK" videos. What would the world do without you? :)

  82. Aerosma

    Aerosma

    Acum 6 Zile

    sick

  83. danholmesfilm

    danholmesfilm

    Acum 6 Zile

    This channel is a treasure

  84. épinards & caramel

    épinards & caramel

    Acum 6 Zile

    Loving the animations 🤗

  85. dueeh nyyu

    dueeh nyyu

    Acum 6 Zile

    I was on this ferry 5 years ago and only now have I learned how unique it is

  86. Bacon Playz

    Bacon Playz

    Acum 6 Zile

    Wait you guys take ferry to cross river here at the Philipines we have big bulky ferrys that cross the seas

  87. redshift1976

    redshift1976

    Acum 6 Zile

    I've only ever taken my car onto a ferry once, on the Lake Champlain ferry between Plattsburgh, NY and Grand Isle, Vermont. Stunning Trip. Highly recommend it.

    • dueeh nyyu

      dueeh nyyu

      Acum 6 Zile

      "Well, well, well....How the turntables...." -Mr.Scott

  88. HenrikTheRight

    HenrikTheRight

    Acum 6 Zile

    how the turn tables

  89. Sean FitzGerald

    Sean FitzGerald

    Acum 6 Zile

    Tom Scott must have sold his soul to the devil because ROfilm WOULD NOT STOP recommending this.

  90. Cody Sutton

    Cody Sutton

    Acum 6 Zile

    With my local ferry, we back on to the barge and then pull straight off.

  91. Biggus Mickus

    Biggus Mickus

    Acum 6 Zile

    My Dad was the last lighthouse keeper to service Kylerhea lighthouse (visible in the wide shots) before they all went automated, I grew up zipping up & down that strait with him in our wee dinghy... The ferryman greatly understated how wild the currents are through there. They're loads of fun in a wee small boat, especially when the outboard cuts out. :)

  92. Patrick Wood

    Patrick Wood

    Acum 6 Zile

    Bass Strait has a highway.

  93. Susan Drakenviller

    Susan Drakenviller

    Acum 6 Zile

    Took this ferry by car a few years ago after hiking in Scotland in remote areas a few weeks. The crew was super nice and justifiably proud of it. A dog jumped on the ferry to meet his friend on the other side. Definitely recommend it!

  94. Barrie Reid

    Barrie Reid

    Acum 6 Zile

    The Western Isles ferries are a small holiday cruise all in their own. I was kayaking up the Kyles of Bute and watched the Colintraive ferry leave for Rhubodach, less than two minutes away. The ramps do not fully engage on the crossing AND the safety message starts obviously when the ferry leaves and finishes just as it arrives at its destination...I was laughing so much and so loudly that I expect everyone there heard me as I stood off waiting to be able to continue paddling. The waters around the Western Isles and Firth of Clyde are extremely dangerous. Even though the Kyles SEEM calm, the underwater currents are not...and definitely not for wild swimming. Dry suit, helmet, PFD, VHF and SOS beacon at all times please!

  95. mw3051

    mw3051

    Acum 6 Zile

    is that mike from v sauce ?

  96. Kiwi proud ,DavidS

    Kiwi proud ,DavidS

    Acum 6 Zile

    Scottish whiskey , English wool and Lamb , japanese animation, american steel tools and bourbon, australian beaf, grain and rum, Taiwanese pineapples and technology, NZ wine, vegetables and mutton , indian tea and manufacturing....no one really needs anything from china please everyone boycott China and it's products as much as possible

  97. Kiwi proud ,DavidS

    Kiwi proud ,DavidS

    Acum 6 Zile

    Boycott China and it's products as much as possible please everyone , and sapport local crafts people and producer's from countries standing up to chinese threats as much as possible

  98. nimay13

    nimay13

    Acum 6 Zile

    Oh my how the turn tables.

  99. Harper Connor

    Harper Connor

    Acum 6 Zile

    The petite character definitely produce because mask observationally bake minus a quarrelsome armenian. slow, sordid chill

  100. Max skinner

    Max skinner

    Acum 6 Zile

    Exceptionally cool !!!

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