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!

Editor: Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
Graphics: William Marler
Location fixer: Vikki McCraw from Locations 365

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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott7 dögum síðan

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

  2. Mixup 221

    Mixup 2217 klukkustundum síðan

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

  3. Paf

    Paf3 dögum síðan

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

  4. AlienXotic

    AlienXotic4 dögum síðan


  5. darragh

    darragh4 dögum síðan

    No bother


    AFNEZO ZNAX4 dögum síðan


  7. Guess Undheit

    Guess UndheitKlukkustund síðan

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

  8. Collosall Squid

    Collosall Squid3 klukkustundum síðan

    I absolutely love the way they pronounce ferry

  9. yo nigle

    yo nigle7 klukkustundum síðan

    skye boat song

  10. Mixup 221

    Mixup 2217 klukkustundum síðan

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

  11. Ian Fiddes

    Ian Fiddes11 klukkustundum síðan

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

  12. mappe4

    mappe413 klukkustundum síðan

    ekelhaft lange Telekom Werbung!!

  13. Neildoe

    Neildoe14 klukkustundum síðan

    You have an amazing life.

  14. Mister

    Mister16 klukkustundum síðan


  15. JayDee

    JayDee17 klukkustundum síðan

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

  16. Uki Malefu

    Uki Malefu18 klukkustundum síðan

    Hold motorcycles steady, handbrake ON

  17. mb

    mb18 klukkustundum síðan

    You already checked on how much rpm it can do?

  18. TheAmir259

    TheAmir25920 klukkustundum síðan

    Does it take a locomotive?

  19. Afferodolor

    Afferodolor21 klukkustund síðan

    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.

  20. pi hermoso

    pi hermoso21 klukkustund síðan

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

  21. Magnús Másson

    Magnús Másson22 klukkustundum síðan

    Drama queens.

  22. Gamimg with Nath

    Gamimg with Nath22 klukkustundum síðan

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

  23. Nozyspy

    Nozyspy23 klukkustundum síðan

    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.

  24. David Handley

    David HandleyDegi Síðan síðan

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

  25. Emily An

    Emily AnDegi Síðan síðan

    compelling enough

  26. CC

    CCDegi Síðan síðan

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

  27. handpaper

    handpaperDegi Síðan síðan

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

  28. Emily An

    Emily AnDegi Síðan síðan

    I like her Scot accent

  29. SF Nadim

    SF NadimDegi Síðan síðan

    A lazy susan for cars

  30. Pinned by Tom Scott

    Pinned by Tom ScottDegi Síðan síðan

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

  31. hen ko

    hen koDegi Síðan síðan

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

  32. Emlif

    EmlifDegi Síðan síðan

    Noice 999k views.

  33. Emlif

    EmlifDegi Síðan síðan

    And a million now!

  34. Pinned by Tom Scott

    Pinned by Tom ScottDegi Síðan síðan

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

  35. Paul Betka

    Paul BetkaDegi Síðan síðan

    Work's 🤨 🤔 Awesome 👍🏻😎

  36. hen ko

    hen koDegi Síðan síðan

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

  37. computerjantje

    computerjantjeDegi Síðan síðan

    kewl video. I did not know these even existed.

  38. Liquid Sofa

    Liquid SofaDegi Síðan síðan

    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.

  39. Genre Oddly

    Genre OddlyDegi Síðan síðan

    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 ISbothr❤❤❤❤❤

  40. Rainer Fantasie

    Rainer FantasieDegi Síðan síðan

    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.

  41. Ronnie G

    Ronnie GDegi Síðan síðan

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

  42. Eric

    Eric2 dögum síðan

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

  43. Caged

    Caged2 dögum síðan

    Translate this to English please.

  44. Michael Falciglia

    Michael Falciglia2 dögum síðan

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

  45. Speed

    Speed2 dögum síðan

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

  46. Nootpocket

    Nootpocket2 dögum síðan

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

  47. Shub Nee-chan

    Shub Nee-chan2 dögum síðan

    I like her Scot accent

  48. Joakim Walldén

    Joakim Walldén2 dögum síðan

    Sweden had a Ferry that has a rope as engine. You can Google Töreboda Lina 🤘

  49. tom ellis

    tom ellis2 dögum síðan

    Lateral, i.e. sideways thinking. Brilliant.


    KORTOKtheSTRONG2 dögum síðan


  51. Grassy Ranks

    Grassy Ranks2 dögum síðan

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

  52. Prabhu Narayan Chaudhary

    Prabhu Narayan Chaudhary2 dögum síðan

    Loved the Design.

  53. mikin lirou

    mikin lirou2 dögum síðan

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

  54. lampost1

    lampost12 dögum síðan

    Been on it a few times. Great drive.

  55. PikaDamos

    PikaDamos2 dögum síðan

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

  56. mikin lirou

    mikin lirou2 dögum síðan

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

  57. Rain Man

    Rain Man2 dögum síðan

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

  58. Ernst de Roo-Straatemans

    Ernst de Roo-Straatemans2 dögum síðan

    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

  59. Nabh Chandra

    Nabh Chandra2 dögum síðan

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

  60. Chance Slaughter32

    Chance Slaughter322 dögum síðan

    Omg the moment I realize people have to turn it manually

  61. Stephen Ford

    Stephen Ford2 dögum síðan

    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.

  62. Rayaqin

    Rayaqin2 dögum síðan

    oh how the turntables

  63. ailaG

    ailaG2 dögum síðan

    Oh, how the tables have turned.

  64. Mary Grace Ortega

    Mary Grace Ortega2 dögum síðan

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

  65. potato in-a-cup

    potato in-a-cup2 dögum síðan

    oh, how the turn tables

  66. B. Xoit

    B. Xoit3 dögum síðan

    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.

  67. Marcus Dewhurst

    Marcus Dewhurst3 dögum síðan

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

  68. Soinas Doyi

    Soinas Doyi3 dögum síðan

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

  69. Dragon Slayer

    Dragon Slayer3 dögum síðan

    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.

  70. Dragon Slayer

    Dragon Slayer3 dögum síðan

    I've been on that ferry!

  71. Soinas Doyi

    Soinas Doyi3 dögum síðan

    how the turn tables

  72. CoolDerp202

    CoolDerp2023 dögum síðan

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

  73. j2simpso

    j2simpso3 dögum síðan

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

  74. whyyoulidl

    whyyoulidl3 dögum síðan

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

  75. beedsj roiue

    beedsj roiue3 dögum síðan

    We really need more people with a Scottish accent on the internet.

  76. certifiedkerbal

    certifiedkerbal3 dögum síðan

    Wait so he’s British one ☝️ isiwosoodo

  77. xxxyz721

    xxxyz7213 dögum síðan

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

  78. beedsj roiue

    beedsj roiue3 dögum síðan

    beacon at all times please!

  79. Nagora Nerides

    Nagora Nerides3 dögum síðan

    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.

  80. Ren Tentwenty

    Ren Tentwenty3 dögum síðan

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

  81. Aerosma

    Aerosma3 dögum síðan


  82. danholmesfilm

    danholmesfilm3 dögum síðan

    This channel is a treasure

  83. épinards & caramel

    épinards & caramel3 dögum síðan

    Loving the animations 🤗

  84. dueeh nyyu

    dueeh nyyu3 dögum síðan

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

  85. Bacon Playz

    Bacon Playz3 dögum síðan

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

  86. redshift1976

    redshift19763 dögum síðan

    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.

  87. dueeh nyyu

    dueeh nyyu3 dögum síðan

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

  88. HenrikTheRight

    HenrikTheRight3 dögum síðan

    how the turn tables

  89. Sean FitzGerald

    Sean FitzGerald3 dögum síðan

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

  90. Cody Sutton

    Cody Sutton3 dögum síðan

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

  91. Biggus Mickus

    Biggus Mickus3 dögum síðan

    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 Wood3 dögum síðan

    Bass Strait has a highway.

  93. Susan Drakenviller

    Susan Drakenviller3 dögum síðan

    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 Reid3 dögum síðan

    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

    mw30513 dögum síðan

    is that mike from v sauce ?

  96. Kiwi proud ,DavidS

    Kiwi proud ,DavidS3 dögum síðan

    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 one really needs anything from china please everyone boycott China and it's products as much as possible

  97. Kiwi proud ,DavidS

    Kiwi proud ,DavidS3 dögum síðan

    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

    nimay133 dögum síðan

    Oh my how the turn tables.

  99. Harper Connor

    Harper Connor3 dögum síðan

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

  100. Max skinner

    Max skinner3 dögum síðan

    Exceptionally cool !!!

  101. Gregor Samsa

    Gregor Samsa3 dögum síðan

    Well no offense but all these described problems of high / low water, strong and changing current (upto 10 km/s) even waves from other big ships and strong wind, the boat never in the direction where it moves, narrow space, they exist here up the river Rhine in Mannheim. The ferry goes from Altrip to Mannheim-Neckarau. (just next to biggest coal plant in Germany "GKM") We have roll on roll of ferries since one can remember. Assume 19' thirties at least. Altrip was founded by Romans. Therefore again No offense one can think if this Scotland ferry as well in the sense of "stick to the old - despite there is a new technology"?

  102. drttyu liqm

    drttyu liqm3 dögum síðan

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

  103. doug Edwards

    doug Edwards4 dögum síðan

    A Morgan and an Austin Healey on one trip? Must be a posh area.

  104. Rye Quinn

    Rye Quinn4 dögum síðan

    Bless your animator for including the sinking car.

  105. drttyu liqm

    drttyu liqm3 dögum síðan

    I love their accent.

  106. Robert Brown

    Robert Brown4 dögum síðan

    To drive that Austin-Healey on Skye: heaven on earth

  107. soaringvulture

    soaringvultureDegi Síðan síðan

    You like hearing scraping sounds?

  108. Clos MasMas

    Clos MasMas4 dögum síðan

    I keep forgetting that some places in the world have large tidal fluctuations

  109. Colonel Graff

    Colonel Graff4 dögum síðan

    No one: Beck: *Two turntables and a microphone…*

  110. Samuel

    Samuel4 dögum síðan

    the indefatigable susan

  111. inyobill

    inyobill4 dögum síðan

    Aanother fantastic destination in Scotland. As if we needed another to visit Scots, but, hey, why not another?

  112. vinasu maaj

    vinasu maaj4 dögum síðan

    Yet another reason to visit Scotland... and look, it's even a "sunny" day. ;)

  113. Collin Andrew Sherriff

    Collin Andrew Sherriff4 dögum síðan

    Shetland vibes

  114. mothcub

    mothcub4 dögum síðan


  115. vinasu maaj

    vinasu maaj4 dögum síðan

    Did you also notice the ferry skipper were named Colin MACDONALD

  116. Michael Natrin

    Michael Natrin4 dögum síðan

    Her accent is fantastic

  117. Ciborium

    Ciborium4 dögum síðan

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