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How Long to See These Sites?

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How Long to See These Sites?

We are trying to finalize plans for Skye and have at least two nights there - we are wondering if that will be enough given the number of things to do on the island.

Here is a list of things we have read about and heard about on TA - could anyone tell us which ones are the must sees, and how long we would need to see these sites?

- Fairy Pools

- Cuillins down by Glen Battle

- the Trotternish Ridge escarpment

- Kilt Rock and Leah Falls

- Elgol and the boat trip to Loch Coruisk

- Eilean Donan castle

- Old Man of Storr

- Neist Point and the lighthouse

- Dunvegan castle (not sure if this is a must see)

- Faerie Glen

Is there anything important missing?

We have heard that some sites are just short walks or drive throughs.

We were interested in getting into the Cuillins to hike and get some nice scenery but we have received some warnings about this so we may not pursue any further.

Any reply is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for helping.

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11. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

Perfect - you guys are wonderful.

Thank you for your continued help and advice!!

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12. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

You're very unspecific about Trotternish, simply saying escarpment. Most people go for the Quiraing, or for Storr. IMO the Quiraing is the best half-day option, with easy parking on the Staffin-Uig road and the walking is relatively level, unless you are ambitious about the route. The old man of Storr involves quite a bit of ascent.

The trotternish ridge itself is a long trek, 20 miles if done in its entirety, involving the ascent and descent of a number of hills along the ridge, with only a few sensible cutoff points to the East and a few farm tracks dropping West. All three are described, with maps, here: walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/trotternish.shtml

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13. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

Glen Brittle is where the climbers camp, but there are few facilities and you're right under the Cuilin ridge - so the views are curtailed by the shoulders of the very mountains you want to see.

From Elgol, the Cuillin ridge is a spectacular panorama. From the boat trip to Coruisk, even better. If you want to look at the mountains, Coruisk is the place to be. You can hike safely in the area for a couple of hours if you are sensible about where you go.

The walk in from Elgol to Coruisk we have discussed already. It's a time-consuming route with the 'bad step' to negotiate and not the sort of route you'd take a youngster on. The boat trip is another matter, but check with the boat owners about age requirements.

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14. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

Bin the Loch Ness day. It's a tourist trap.

Bear in mind your whole plan could out the window, the weather could make anything in the mountains undoable very easily, your items have a heavy dependency on decent weather, so be ready with which items in a shortened plan you are willing to sacrifice and abandon

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15. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

As much as I admire the OP's obvious enthusiasm for what appears to be an epic tour around the UK, I cant help feeling they are trying to pay so much attention to the slightest detail, they are in danger of missing out on the wider experience.

The phrase 'Less is more' seems particularly relevent in this case. I'm genuinely not being negative or criticising, just saying.

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16. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

Thank you for the notes, especially the constructive details on the mountains and scenery around the Cuillins.

Bluebreezer - could you please be specific with your comments? Perhaps there is something we could do to adjust our trip in order to make the wider experience more accessible during our visit?

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17. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

"here is something we could do to adjust our trip "

I think various people have suggested > cut out Mull, Loch Ness and/ or much or the list of Skye sights.

Simply, as Bluebreezer and several of us have said, you are expecting or planning to squeeze in too much in the time available. This is not meant as a criticism - we all do it.

By all means do the research and plan what you want to do, but be aware that most of it will not be achieved due to lack of time.

So..................................don't worry about every last detail or sight. Arrive on Skye and see the main sights, but accept that time and weather may be against you. No need to worry about how long it takes to walk the Cuillin ridge, if you are never likely to get there.

Until you arrive, just stick to the high-level plan, and don't worry about the hour-by-hour detail until you are having breakfast on the day. Then you can look out the window and think, "Looks like the Quiraing is not worth it today.....Let's try the distillery instead.".

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18. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

You ask a question, and if criticism is not allowed, then are we expected to lie and praise every crazy itinerary posted on these boards? Or begin every sentence with 'It's not a criticism' and the proceed to criticise (as per the above).

This is a criticism. You need one before your plans get out of control.

I think you will have an exhausting and hellish holiday. Every second is massively over planned. As already noted above, one drop of rain will throw a spanner in the works. You need to RELAX and massively cut down your schedule (or at least allow some flexibility in it). Accept that it is impossible to see everything, and enjoy what you do see.

I know you just want your family to have a wonderful holiday, and I am sure they will even if they don't get the perfect view from every hotel and don't see Nessie (and they probably don't appreciate all the effort you are putting in to this if they are anything like most families). Less is more!

What you need to do now is just book all of your accommodation while you still have any choice at all.

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19. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

MB - Can I ask a couple of questions, seeing as I've answered lots of yours ?

When do you actually arrive in the UK ? When will you have a first draft of your schedule for us to see ?

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20. Re: How Long to See These Sites?

Perhaps there is something we could do to adjust our trip in order to make the wider experience more accessible during our visit?

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Yep, stop planning it.

A huge part of the west coast of Scotland, or any travel for that matter, are the places you dont plan to see, and you stumble into, whether its a beach, shop or view stop.

You are trying to plan every final moment, not only is this pointless because 1 cancelled ferry, day of poor weather or different travel time to expectation make the whole thing crash and burn. All of which are realistic events. More importantly you wont have time to see all the unexpected places.

As as has been said, pick a couple of places a day, and then plan the detail in the morning. Its all well and good planning a day walking, or catching the boat from Elgol for example, but both depend on decent weather, and you'll have to scrap the whole plan

Move away from a tarmac spotting agenda of tick list tourism.