Am planning a short trip (5-6 days) in Western Scotland at the beginning of October. Have relatives from the US staying over who are keen to visit - as are we! So, questions...
1. Would like to take the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. Will otherwise be travelling by car.
Would also like to take in an island - Skye maybe? As Mallaig is a crossing point, seems best to go across to Skye from here, but then what do we do with the car having left it at Fort William?
2. Heard of the 'road to the isles' as a fantastic scenic route. How easy is it to drive?
3. Interested in taking in a visit to a whiskey distillery too.
4. Also recommendations of good places to stay. Would we need to book beforehand or at this time of year, ok to just turn up, being more flexible?
We will be travelling up from Milton Keynes, staying overnight in the Lake District, so will have done a fair bit of driving.
5. Is it better to stay in one/two places with day trips out, or do more travelling to see more? Would probably prefer former?
6. What's the weather like at this time of year?
7. Anything else that we should know/do?
Thanks for anticipated replies...