By car:   Although not highly recommended, because of the efficiency of other transportation, it is possible to rent a car and proceed to the Isle of Skye that way, coming over through the relatively new Skye Bridge linking the area. Note there are no wee known national car hire offices on Skye but there are local car hire companies.

The journey to Skye from Glasgow via Fort William is long (approx 200 miles) but spectacular with stunning scenary on route.  The roads are good.  Traffic levels vary enormously depending on the season. If you take the A82 up by Loch Lomond in summer time, expect to get stuck behind a lot of caravans!

By train:   One of the best modes of getting in to the Isle of Skye area is via train.   There is a major train station located in Glasgow where visitors can catch the train to Mallaig.   The ride takes approximately six hours.   From there, the best method of proceeding on to the Isle of Skye is to take the ferry across. There is also a rail link between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh where you can then go over the Skye Bridge onto Skye. The train takes approximately 2.5 hours. In summertime thsi can be a very scenic route.

By ferry:  Visitors looking for a unique transportation experience can take the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.  The ride is only about twenty minutes long but it offers travelers the best visual perspective for entering the area. There is also a ferry which runs between Glenelg on the mainland and Kylerea on Skye . Note this is seasonal and the road to/from it is not recommended for caravans.

NOTE:  Both the ferry/train and the Skye Bridge bring you to points at  the Southern end of the island, some 50 miles from the Northern end and more than 30 from Portree, the main town.  If you plan to explore Skye further afield you will require further transportation.

By bus:  Travelers seeking to spend as little as possible can take the bus to get to the Isle of Skye.  There are buses coming from all over the United Kingdom so travelers should have little trouble getting information from their point of origin. There are daily busses from Inverness and Glasgow. See

Additional information:   For more information about various means of getting to the Isle of Skye , see .