We are coming to CBI from Advocate Harbour in late August. We plan on 2 overnights in the area. We would like to Drive the Cape Breton Trail, Hike the Skyline Trail and go to one of the warm water beaches for an hour or two (Inverness) and go to the Red shoe. Assuming we will leave Advocate in early afternoon, we assume we will arrive at CBI around 6. Is Mabou a good base camp for that night? Anything we can see in early evening other than Red Shoe? Next morning we would go to the beach and then hike Skyline and continue driving the rest of the trail. We were thinking of staying in Baddeck that night but perhaps that would be too hard to do. Is this plan reasonable? Would we be better starting in Baddeck and driving counter clockwise? My reasoning to not do this was that there might be more to do/see in Mabout in the late afternoon.
Comments/suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you!