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Recommended route Glencoe to Skye

We are traveling from Glencoe to Skye in early July & are not sure whether to drive to Mallaig and take the ferry, or to drive up through Kyle of Lochalsh.  Is one route significantly more scenic than the other?  Any info on the differences between these two routes would be greatly appreciated.


  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @Green, it is not the question of which scenic route to take but are there places still left on the ferry from Mallaig? The ferries get really busy in Scotland!
    Best regards
  • GreenGreen Member
    edited June 2018
    Thank you @fishypro for your comment.  I'm in luck - there is ferry space on the day we'll be traveling!  So, all options are open & all feedback is appreciated.
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    @Green, both routes are extremely beautiful, if you'd like to see Glenfinnan Viaduct, some of the best beaches on the Road to the Isles and a wonderful ferry ride coming into Skye, pick the Mallaig route (but book on the ferry asap).

    The Kyle route is a classic Highland drive through half of the Great Glen, viewing the 5 sisters of Kintail and opening up to a stop for Eilean Donan castle. Should be faster.
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  • ScotlandAdventuresScotlandAdventures Member ✭✭✭
    Not to confuse you but personally I suggest a third option and travel via the only manually operated turntable ferry left in the world via Glenelg.  I've done all three routes and this is the most unique and scenic in my opinion, you can then travel back via Mallaig and you will get to see both routes.  I've recently written this blog post with more info on that route
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  • GreenGreen Member
    Thank you very much @Horizons and @ScotlandAdventures for your responses.  I especially liked the third option, but am reluctant to try it because of the "hair-raising bends and inclines of the Mam Ratagan Pass".  For this long in the tooth American, simply driving on the other side will be adventure enough, I think.
  • KrisKris Member
    Hello everybody. I was with May family in early May on the Isle of Skye. We lived in Glenelg, on land, but every day we moved by ferry. A great thing :) 
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