Make the most of the journey...
The Isle of Skye trips are some of our most popular guided walking breaks for a very good reason, the remoteness of Skye from other parts of the UK.
Aside from driving, Glasgow is relatively easy to reach by train on the West Coast Mainline or by air.
An alternative to making your own way up to Skye is to arrange to meet other guests who are booked on the same trip in Glasgow on the Friday night.
Many people have done just that on previous trips and we can put you in touch so you can chat and make plans in advance. This works well as the group is normally a mix of drivers and non-drivers.
Our base on Skye
We are based at Uiginish Lodge, a few miles outside the pretty village of Dunvegan on the North West of Skye.
The lodge is available to us after 5pm on the Saturday so there’s plenty of time to amble up from Glasgow if you have broken the journey across two days.
Heading out of Glasgow, the scenery becomes more exciting as you pass Loch Lomond, cross the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and go through the iconic Glencoe.
The Real Food Café at Tyndrum, around 50 minutes’ from Fort William is a good place to break for a rest. We like the selection of meals and it has some great cakes!
At Fort William you have the option of either driving onwards or taking a ferry crossing to Skye.
1. Ferry option
This is our personal favourite! For the ferry, a regular service with frequent crossings, you need to head to Mallaig from Fort William. The crossing takes around half an hour – check the link below for a timetable and prices.
Travel tips on the way to Mallaig:
Glenfinnan Viaduct – If you opt for the ferry, there is a must-see en-route to Mallaig. The Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, is an amazing feat of engineering and if you’re lucky you’ll see the Jacobite steam train trundling across.
Arisaig – Again, if you’re heading to Mallaig from Fort William, we suggest leaving enough time to visit the beaches at Arisaig. It’s only a short detour from the main road and the stretches of beach and skerries (small islands) offer a great glimpse of the stunning scenery that the West coast of Scotland offers.
2. Driving all the way from Fort William
From Fort William the road goes through some wonderful scenery, with numerous good points to stop and take a rest.
It should take around 2-3 hours to reach Skye, but a word of warning, with little dual carriageway, you can get stuck behind a slower vehicle that can be a tad frustrating.
Once you get onto Skye, it will take another 1-1.5 hours to reach the cottage.
Top travel tips
Commando Memorial – The Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, about 10 miles further on from Forth William, is a pleasant place to stop. The memorial, which is dedicated to the British Commando Forces during World War ll, was unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952, and offers great views to Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor.
Eilean Donan Castle – As soon as you see Eilean Donan on the road ahead, you will recognize it as it has to be one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. Standing on a small rocky outcrop and with a stunning scenic backdrop, the castle is a perfect place to break up the journey as it has a good café.
Coach Travel to Skye:
An alternative to driving is to catch a Citylink coach from Glasgow or Glasgow Airport direct to the Isle of Skye.
The coach will drop you in Portree which is about 40 minutes from our accommodation.
Depending on your arrival time, we can arrange to collect you so please contact us before you book the coach, to check we can indeed pick you up.
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