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Opinions on Trip Plan for First Time Visitors

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Opinions on Trip Plan for First Time Visitors

My mom and I will be visiting Scotland for the first time in September 2010. We are drawn to the Western part of the country and I think I've figured out a rough draft of our trip. We start out in Glasgow for a couple of days. From there we go to Ft. William and then on to Malliag. From Mallaig to Skye. After a few days we go from Skye to Mallaig to Ft. William. From Ft. William to Glasgow. Thoughts??

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1. Re: Opinions on Trip Plan for First Time Visitors

Yes, three thoughts?

1. How long have you got?

2. How are you planning to travel?

3. Why return to Glasgow by the same route as the way you went?

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2. Re: Opinions on Trip Plan for First Time Visitors

As above.

Time and means of transport are a big factor, in commenting on your plans.

Edited: 04 February 2010, 08:25
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Assuming you don't plan on driving, you could get a coach from Skye to Glasgow, which will go over the Skye bridge and past Eilan Donan castle, before heading south to Fort William and through Glencoe, which is worth seeing.

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4. Re: Opinions on Trip Plan for First Time Visitors

If you have enough time you could also consider Oban - Mull - Iona.

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Checking back on your previous posts, I assume you will not have a car and are doing an out and back because this is the easiest by public transport? If this is the case then it makes sense. I assume you are then spending several days exploring Skye?

Have you thought about doing a coach tour holiday?


Edited: 04 February 2010, 13:56
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Hi there,

you could do the following:

dep. Glasgow

** CityLink coach or train **

dep. Fort William

** normal train service or Jacobite Steam Train **

dep. Mallaig

** Calmac Ferry & local Skye bus service **

dep. Skye

** Citylink coach (off over Skye Bridge, via Eilean Donan Castle) **

dep. Fort William

** CityLink coach or train **


From a Skye point of view, you could stay anywhere along the A87 - Kyleakin (next to Skye Bridge), Broadford, Sconser, Luib, Sligachan, Portree - if you leave on an early coach, you could hop off at Eilean Donan Castle (Dornie - 15 mins from Skye Bridge), spend some time there and hop back on the next coach passing!

If you don't need to return to Glasgow and could fly back out of Edinburgh (or don't mind hopping on the ttain between Edinburgh and Glasgow at the end!), why not change the departing Skye bit of your journey:

dep. Skye

** Train (Kyle Line - one of Michael Palin's 100 Great Railway Journeys - takes you past Loch Carron) **


** CityLink coach - via Eilean Donan Castle, but then branching off to go past Loch Ness **

dep. Inverness

** Train **


Hope this gives you some ideas - have a great holiday!

A selection of sites to help you plan:










Edited: 05 February 2010, 16:10
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7. Re: Opinions on Trip Plan for First Time Visitors

We are thinking of 11 to 14 days at this point. We will not be renting a car.

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