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7 days in Scotland and need advice on travel

Hello.  7 days in Scotland, in September.  Glasgow is the "hub" for us. What is the best way to get to Isle of Skye, see Fort William, the highlands, etc.? Plan to rent a car as we have some family history to research as well around Glasgow, but not sure we want to drive that far.  Thank you.

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  • VisitScotlandLindsayVisitScotlandLindsay Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
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    Car is definitely the best way to see all the amazing hidden gems in Scotland. However if you do not wish to drive the whole of that distance you could get the train from Glasgow to Fort William and then hire a car from there. There are so many lovely places to visit up that part of the country and some of them you would be unable to get to if you were going by public transport.
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
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    Hi @Cshatto. Travelling around by car is by far the best way to see Scotland. However, there are a variety of tour companies that can take the strain of driving. The downside to this will be they have a set itinerary and these may not be places you had in mind. But if it's just sightseeing, then maybe this would suit? 

    Another alternative and would depend on your budget would be hiring a private (Blue Badge) tour guide. I can suggest one if this is something you think would suit. 

    If you decide to stick to hiring a car then my first recommendation would be to allow enough time for photo stops, traffic, rest breaks etc. 
    Personally, for me, if I were planning to take a trip to Skye from Glasgow I would allow three days for this. One day to get up there. A day exploring and a day to drive back. The drive up through Glen Coe and Fort William is spectacular and you will want to take your time. 

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  • CshattoCshatto Member
    Thank you kindly. I will definitely look into hiring a car and taking the train!  I want my husband to enjoy the sites as well and not just have to focus on the road as the driver. 
  • CshattoCshatto Member
    Thank you kindly for the options.  I'm going to have to sit down with my husband and mother-in-law and get their thoughts and make a decision soon.  I am just so excited and don't want to miss a thing!!😃
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