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Skye - Routes To & Itinerary

What are the pros/cons of the driving routes to Skye from Inverness - northern route via Garve, A835, A832, A890 vs southern route via Invermoriston, A82, A887, A87?

What recommended spots to see/hike/bike while in Skye 5 days in late Sept (for relatively fit +50 year olds, who are lodging near Dunvegan)?

Is Raasay bike/hike recommended? 


  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @bmack

    You must visit Dunvegan Castle and its gardens. Also the Fairy Pools.

    Find out some more about Raasay at the Walk Highlands website:
    also an interesting Raasay cycling trip.

  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I too am going to Skye for a short break at the end of September and very much looking forward to it. May the weather be good!! Another famous landmark is the Old Man of Storr. It seems to be a bit of a more challenging walk to get there than to the fairy pools.
    Regarding the route you describe from Inverness via Garve, it is now part of the new North Coast 500 route and it will be stunning scenery. It is the same distance as travelling via Loch Ness (also very nice but busier) and takes the same time - just short of 2 hours.
  • StewbyStewby Member
    edited August 2016

    I had to register just to comment... we took a wrong turn whilst trying to view Eilean Donan Castle and ended up at the last turntable ferry in the UK.

    If you google it (as I can't post links yet), it goes from Glenelg to Skye and was very short but an amazing experience. 

    We both recommend it a lot and still talk about it now.
    Enjoy your holiday.
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