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We ( my husband, 19 yr old son and 12 yr old daughter) are planning our trip to Scotland this May. We plan to drive to Isle Of Skye from Edinburgh and arrive at the Isle by about 3 pm on the 28th May and depart for Edinburgh on the 31st May by mid morning. That means we have about 2 and a half days in Skye. I would like some suggestions about the best place to stay ( in terms of convenience in driving and distance from the various sights) and tips on how we should plan our itinerary for the time we have on the Isle. Also would like to know if the Talisker Distillery is worth a visit. We enjoy the outdoors and enjoy seeing the sights at our own pace. We are budget travelers.

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We stay near Portree because, as the main town on Skye, it has a big supermarket (Co-Op), shops and restaurants. It is also reasonably central. Lots of suggestions earlier in this thread of places to see etc, walks, scenery, castles, museums..

Start early, drive to Dunvegan for the castle and then back via Talisker or vice versa. Can do in a day if you want. Similarly, driving past Sligachan to Broadford and then South is great for scenery but you'll have seen some of it on your way from the ferry or the bridge. There are great walks from Sligachan up the glen.

Skye is beautiful period. There's loads to do; deciding what to do in just a couple of days is hard!


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Skye & Lochalsh are easily toured if you have a car - you can base yourself pretty much anywhere because even if you stay in Portree, you will still have a considerable amount of driving to do unless you plan spending the whole time on the Trotternish Peninsula. www.isleofskye.com has a great map that divides the island into it's various areas: http://www.isleofskye.com/accommodation#Zone

Driving distances between villages are roughly as follows (using the buses travel times where possible):

Applecross (Lochalsh, Mainland side of Skye Bridge) to Lochcarron (using Applecross Pass) - 30-45 mins

Lochcarron (Lochalsh) to Kyle - 30 mins

Dornie (Lochalsh, Eilean Donan Castle) to Kyle (Lochalsh) - 10 mins

Plockton (Lochalsh) to Kyle (Lochalsh) - 15 mins

Kyle (Lochalsh) to Kyleakin (Skye side of Bridge) - 5 mins

Kyleakin to Broadford (Strathaird) - 10 mins

Broadford to Isle Oronsay (Gaelic Whiskies) (Sleat) - 10 mins

Broadford to Armadale (Sleat Peninsula) - 20 mins

Broadford to Elgol (Strathaird) - 35 mins

Broadford to Sconser (ferry to Raasay) - 20 mins

Sconser to Sligachan (the Cuilln mountains) - 5 mins

Sligachan to Carbost (Talisker Distillery) - 25 mins

Sligachan to Dunvegan - 45 mins

Dunvegan to Glendale - 35 mins

Sligachan to Portree - 15 mins

Portree to Dunvegan - 35 mins

Portree to Carbost (Talisker Distillery) - 45 mins

Portree to Elgol (Strathaird) - 70 mins

Portree to Old Man of Storr (Trotternish Peninsula) - 15 mins

Portree to Staffin (Trotternish Peninsula) - 35 mins

Portree to Duntulm Castle ruins (Trotternish Peninsula) - 60 mins

Portree to Uig (Trotternish Peninsula) - 30 mins

Portree to Edinbane - 30 mins

Most touring is done as circular day trips, which usually means individual drive times don't ultimately count for much as you will generally be out for the full day - taking in various places as you drive round.

Eg. Day Trip:

Skye Bridge-Broadford-Sligachan-Portree-Duntulm-Skye Museum of Island Life-Uig-Portree-Sligachan-Skye Bridge

Total drive time approx. 3 hrs with stops on top

Eg. Day Trip:

Skye Bridge-Broadford-Sligachan-Portree-Dunvegan-Sligachan-Skye Bridge

Total drive time approx. 2hrs45mins with stops on top. You can add Talisker to this trip - simply detour off the main road between Dunvegan and Sligachan, the Distillery is signposted.

Eg. Day Trip:

Portree-Old Man of Storr-Duntulm Castle ruins-Skye Museum of Island Life-Uig-Portree

Total drive time approx. 1hr50mins with stops on top

Eg. Day Trip:

Portree-Broadford-Ord loop road-Armadale Castle-Broadford-Portree

Total drive time approx. 2hr30mins with stops on top

If you recognise that the area is made up of a collection of day trips then you will understand that you are able to base yourself anywhere - it's never a case of driving from point A to B and straight back again - the scenery you're driving through is all part of the experience - including all the numerous wee arts and crafts places dotted throughout the area, that you'll spot as you're driving - they're seldom in the actual towns/villages!! The following website offers details on these and also again provides a useful map - download the pdf:


There are some great restaurants around Skye & Lochalsh - here's a few just to tempt the taste buds:

Applecross Inn (Applecross MAINLAND)

The Potting Shed (Applecross MAINLAND)

Grants restaurant (Craigellachie, Ratagan, Glenshiel MAINLAND)

Clachan Bar & Restaurant (Dornie MAINLAND)

Plockton Hotel & Plockton Inn (Plockton MAINLAND)

The Shores Restaurant (Plockton MAINLAND)

The Waverley Restaurant (Kyle MAINLAND)

The Waterside Restaurant (Kyle MAINLAND)

Harrys/under new ownership! (Kyleakin)

Creelers (Broadford)

Harbour Restaurant (Broadford)

Red Skye Restaurant (Breakish/Broadford)

The Claymore (Broadford)

Duisdale, Toravaig, Kinloch, Eilean Iarmain Country Hotels & Ardvasar Inn (Sleat Peninsula)

Coruisk House (Elgol)

Blue Shed Cafe (Torrin)

Sligachan Hotel (Sligachan)

The Old Inn (Carbost)

Old School Restaurant (Dunvegan)

The Three Chimneys (Colbost)

Red Roof Cafe (Glendale)

Lochbay Seafood Restaurant (Stein, Waternish Peninsula)

Edinbane Inn restaurant (Edinbane)

Stein Inn (Stein)

The Glenview Restaurant (Staffin)

Flodigarry Hotel restaurant (Flodigarry)

Harbour View Seafood Restaurant (Portree)

Sea Breezes (Portree)

The Lower Deck (Portree)

The Cuillin Hills & Bosville Hotels

Cafe Arriba (Portree)

Scorrybreac Restauant (Portree)

The Rosedale, Caledonian, Pier Hotels & The Isles Inn (Portree)

On a personal note - it doesn't matter where you stay, The Three Chimneys is always worth a drive if you want to splash out & have a real treat - unless you really need to have a tipple with your meal, in which case book at least 1 night nearby so the taxi ride isn't too expensive!!

A couple more useful sites while planning:




I hope this has helped a bit - have a great visit!!! :)

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That's a really helpful post, Yorkielass. I've made it a Top Question on the Isle of Skye forum

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Thanks GoodWitch - have a great evening! :)

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Thank you for your prompt replies. Yorkielass, could not have asked for a more exhaustive and detailed reply. Thanks to you too Nick 170. I am definitely going to use your inputs to plan my trip. Thanks again!



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I want to thank all those who helped me with my queries on this forum. Just got back from my trip and thanks to all your pointers and tips, we had a great time. We stayed at a self catering at a small village called Valtros very close to the Kilt Rocks....and everything worked out just great! Thanks once again!

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