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How to get to Eilean Donan Castle

Hi all...I'm taking an 8 day tour in May and we do go to the Isle of Skye but Eilean Donan Castle is not on the scheduled tour. I am planning to add a few days to my trip and will travel by train from Glasgow to Ft. William to take the Jacobite train to Mallaig and back. Is there a way to get to the castle from Ft. William for a tour and then back to Ft. William? I don't want to rent a car so I'm looking for public transportation or a tour to get me there. Most of the tours I can find are at least two days and will take me to places I will already be visiting on my other tour. I have considered a private tour of Isle of Skye to give me a full day there but I don't know if that can include a stop at Eilean Donan. Ideas?

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  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hey @LouA, you're in luck because there is a direct public transport bus from Fort William to Dornie (where Eilean Donan is). The bus stop is a very short walk from the castle and the ride takes just under 2 hours.

    You want to catch the CityLink bus from Fort William towards Portree / Uig (ie Skye). The bus schedules can be found here (Glasgow - Skye).

    If your trip does not include Skye, I would highly suggest staying 2 nights at Skye if possible. I'd go straight to Mallaig (maybe with 1 stop in between), take the ferry to Skye & stay the night at Broadford, do a Skye day tour (I very highly recommend Donald of Skye Scenic tours but he gets booked out, call), come back to Ft. William the next day with a stop at Dornie (seeing Eilean Donan castle).

    Let me know if you need help planning specifics, I enjoy making public transport itineraries :smile:
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  • YourScotlandTourYourScotlandTour Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @LouA,
    There are plenty of smaller tour operators who would be able to develop a custom tour itinerary for you. 

    I'm not allowed to advertise my own business here though :-)

    Public transport is an option but does have limitations especially on Sundays and bank holidays. And if you have lots of things to see and do will take meticulous planning.
    Bespoke tours.
    Whisky, Castles and Food a speciality.
    yourscotlandtour.co.uk
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