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!

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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott

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

    • Savage wizardwitch
      Savage wizardwitch

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

    • Mixup 221
      Mixup 221

      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)
      Paf (Paf)

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

    • AlienXotic


    • darragh

      No bother

  • Thing Extreme
    Thing Extreme

    *The British road that is also a boat.*

  • SAS Productions
    SAS Productions


  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiou

    "Over the sea to Skye." Insert picture of Captain America saying "I understood that reference!"

  • geartic

    why not have a lift for cars?

  • aquaticwool

    happy 15 year anniversary!

    • asioe kiou
      asioe kiou

      compelling enough

  • GigglySam Entz
    GigglySam Entz

    Ooh I've taken this ferry! I hadn't realised how exceptional it was :)

  • eioshen boboi
    eioshen boboi

    If the turntable operator doesn't call himself DJ Ferry... DJ McFerry, he's missing out. 🎧🚢

  • PrivateSi

    Very nice... Good to hear a community clubbing together to preserve their history, culture and shortcut... It's more often than not the other way round now in rural areas - more likely to gang up to shut down a traditional rural activity.

    • PrivateSi

      @eioshen boboi .. Scotland s far too reliant on money from England, oil and whisky. If it leaves the UK I ery much doubt the EU would want them... Their economy is worse than many Eastern European ex-commy nations not let into the Union on economic grounds.. There are corporate conglomerates with more money than Scotland.. It is a weak, parasitic pseudo-nation in many ways.....!

    • eioshen boboi
      eioshen boboi

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

  • Mashrur Mohsin Afif
    Mashrur Mohsin Afif

    In Bangladesh, there are still some of them used to till date. One of them is called 'Madhobilota'

  • Mick Tinkler
    Mick Tinkler


  • Milton Moreno
    Milton Moreno

    As Tom's uncle Michael would say: "well well well, how the turntables...."

  • Samuel Banks
    Samuel Banks

    I’ve been on this ferry

  • Rusty Broken
    Rusty Broken

    Expected to see a video about a ferry. Instead watched a video about a feddy.

  • Thelaw88898

    it’s just a ferry with extra steps

  • bofooit gojo
    bofooit gojo

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

  • Zubayer Islam Rezoan
    Zubayer Islam Rezoan

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

  • inoob26


    • bofooit gojo
      bofooit gojo

      I absolutely love the way they pronounce ferry

  • Scudo Smyth
    Scudo Smyth

    And the drive over to the ferry has amazing views.

  • Beach Bum
    Beach Bum

    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 :)

  • bodoti qwiu
    bodoti qwiu

    compelling enough

  • Hartmann Denham
    Hartmann Denham

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

  • Robert Stewart
    Robert Stewart

    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

      You have an amazing life.

  • Brum Bram
    Brum Bram

    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.

  • Jobbie Jew
    Jobbie Jew

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

  • Internet Things
    Internet Things

    Banana 🍌

  • Daz Scott
    Daz Scott

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

  • rainbow puke
    rainbow puke

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

  • S Sifr
    S Sifr

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

  • Dusin Bonnema
    Dusin Bonnema

    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)

  • Steve the Pirate
    Steve the Pirate

    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.

  • Guess Undheit
    Guess Undheit

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

  • Collosall Squid
    Collosall Squid

    I absolutely love the way they pronounce ferry

  • yo nigle
    yo nigle

    skye boat song

  • Mixup 221
    Mixup 221

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

  • Ian Fiddes
    Ian Fiddes

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

  • mappe4

    ekelhaft lange Telekom Werbung!!

  • Neildoe

    You have an amazing life.

  • Mister


  • JayDee

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

  • Uki Malefu
    Uki Malefu

    Hold motorcycles steady, handbrake ON

  • mb

    You already checked on how much rpm it can do?

  • TheAmir259

    Does it take a locomotive?

  • Afferodolor

    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.

  • pi hermoso
    pi hermoso

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

  • Magnús Másson
    Magnús Másson

    Drama queens.

  • Gamimg with Nath
    Gamimg with Nath

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

  • Nozyspy

    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.

  • David Handley
    David Handley

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

  • Emily An
    Emily An

    compelling enough

  • CC

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

  • handpaper

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

    • Emily An
      Emily An

      I like her Scot accent

  • SF Nadim
    SF Nadim

    A lazy susan for cars

    • Pinned by Tom Scott
      Pinned by Tom Scott

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

  • hen ko
    hen ko

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

  • Emlif

    Noice 999k views.

    • Emlif

      And a million now!

    • Pinned by Tom Scott
      Pinned by Tom Scott

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

  • Paul Betka
    Paul Betka

    Work's 🤨 🤔 Awesome 👍🏻😎

    • hen ko
      hen ko

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

  • computerjantje

    kewl video. I did not know these even existed.

  • Liquid Sofa
    Liquid Sofa

    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.

  • Genre Oddly
    Genre Oddly

    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 ISdownsr❤❤❤❤❤

  • Rainer Fantasie
    Rainer Fantasie

    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.

  • Ronnie G
    Ronnie G

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

  • Eric

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

  • Caged

    Translate this to English please.

  • Michael Falciglia
    Michael Falciglia

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

  • Speed

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

  • Nootpocket

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

  • Shub Nee-chan
    Shub Nee-chan

    I like her Scot accent

  • tom ellis
    tom ellis

    Lateral, i.e. sideways thinking. Brilliant.



  • Grassy Ranks
    Grassy Ranks

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

  • Prabhu Narayan Chaudhary
    Prabhu Narayan Chaudhary

    Loved the Design.

  • lampost1

    Been on it a few times. Great drive.

  • PikaDamos

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

  • Rain Man
    Rain Man

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

  • Ernst de Roo-Straatemans
    Ernst de Roo-Straatemans

    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

  • Nabh Chandra
    Nabh Chandra

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

  • Chance Slaughter32
    Chance Slaughter32

    Omg the moment I realize people have to turn it manually

  • Stephen Ford
    Stephen Ford

    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.

  • Rayaqin

    oh how the turntables

  • ailaG

    Oh, how the tables have turned.

  • Mary Grace Ortega
    Mary Grace Ortega

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

  • potato in-a-cup
    potato in-a-cup

    oh, how the turn tables

  • B. Xoit
    B. Xoit

    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.

  • Marcus Dewhurst
    Marcus Dewhurst

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

  • Soinas Doyi
    Soinas Doyi

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

  • Dragon Slayer
    Dragon Slayer

    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.

  • Dragon Slayer
    Dragon Slayer

    I've been on that ferry!

    • Soinas Doyi
      Soinas Doyi

      how the turn tables

  • CoolDerp202

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

  • j2simpso

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

  • whyyoulidl

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

  • certifiedkerbal

    Wait so he’s British one ☝️ isiwosoodo

  • xxxyz721

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

  • Nagora Nerides
    Nagora Nerides

    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.

  • Ren Tentwenty
    Ren Tentwenty

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

  • Aerosma


  • danholmesfilm

    This channel is a treasure

  • épinards & caramel
    épinards & caramel

    Loving the animations 🤗

  • dueeh nyyu
    dueeh nyyu

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

  • Bacon Playz
    Bacon Playz

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

  • redshift1976

    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

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

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