They are both really scenic. The Mallaig route will be quicker, because it is more direct and on a good major road, so you can go at a fair speed. The last part of the Glenelg route, over the Mam Ratagan Pass, is slow and winding, and spectacular.
As you are planning to return using the bridge, I suggest the Mallaig route would be best, simply because you will see much of the Glenelg route (e.g. the part going through Glen Shiel) on your return leg, whereas if you use the Glenelg ferry on the outward leg you will miss the entire 'Road to the Isles' section between Fort William and Mallaig. Look at a map and you'll see what I mean!
Thanks for the reply:-) you're right, i'll go and look at the Calmac site then for ferry bookings...
I'm with Dhmellor ;-)
I think the answer depends on where you are going when you leave Skye. Dhm seems to assume you'll be returning south. Personally I would always include the Glenelg ferry at least once, as having the finest scenery and the best crossing, and supporting a local enterprise. Really good views of sea life on the Skye side as well.
Hi, i was also not very clear in my post :S We are staying near Broadford and going to Fochabers (Highland Games) after that. If we take the Glenegl ferry leaving Skye would we be able to see Eilean Donan castle? Thanks!
If you use the Glenelg ferry you will not pass Eilean Donan, but it's only a few miles off your route to Fochabers.
You would have to make a small detour of a few miles,
Thanks for the replies! I would have to look again at our and the Glenelg ferry schedules cos need to leave early from Skye to be on time for the Highland Games in Fochabers...
Hope you all had a good weekend!
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