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4 days in the northwest highlands, how long to spend in the isle of skye?

by bobalongwhale Online Now Mar 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM

We are going to Fort William at the end of May. From there we plan to rent a car and want to see all the amazing views of the area. The Isle of Skye is high on our list but not sure how long to spend there and how to balance the rest of our stay. Is it worth driving all the way up to Durness and continue along the coast to the east and down south or is it best to stick to Skye? Any tips welcome

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    by hmb10 Online Now Mar 12, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    bobalongwhale wrote:
    We are going to Fort William at the end of May. From there we plan to rent a car and want to see all the amazing views of the area. The Isle of Skye is high on our list but not sure how long to spend there and how to balance the rest of our stay. Is it worth driving all the way up to Durness and continue along the coast to the east and down south or is it best to stick to Skye? Any tips welcome

    Hi...One of our Highlights  when visiting Scotland was Isle Of Mull . We used car ferry to cross from Lochaline to Fishnish. Had awful weather when visiting Skye,but very scenic. I strongly recomend you check out the web site for  "Undiscovered Scotland" they describe with mud maps and notes some greatr driving tours...We did several ..Applecross&Torridon, Gairloch&Poolewe, Coigach&Assynt were standouts! We crossed over from Ullapool via Inverness, Nairn ,Buckie,Gardentown..The Banff&Petershead Tour was fantastic. LOVED SCOTLAND!

     

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    Re: 4 days in the northwest highlands, how long to spend in the isle of skye?

    by milimut Online Now Mar 23, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Have you experienced single track roads with passing places?
    Driving North to Durness would give you the most amazing scenery then along the coast to Tongue, maybe even as far as Bettyhill before heading south again. Distances may not seem that far, but the roads are narrow therefore take much longer to drive.
    The cost of petrol in this corner of Scotland could be another factor in how far you drive. Keep the petrol tank full you never know where the next petrol station is.
    I would drive north from Skye, take the cattle road to Applecross then drive around the coast to Gairloch (Na Marra restaurant well worth visiting).
    Keep heading North to Durness exploring the coastal roads as much as you can you will never be disappointed by the scenery stunning in the sun dramatic in the rain.

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  • Re: 4 days in the northwest highlands, how long to spend in the isle of skye?

    by bobalongwhale Online Now Mar 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    That's great ! Thank you very much all

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