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where to stay near Skye / west coast?

Hi everyone and greetings from Toronto  :) 

My friend and I are planning a trip to Scotland (arriving June 9th).
We are flying to Edinburgh and will stay there for 5 days so we can explore the city, as well as take day excursions to the surrounding areas.

After that, we head to the west coast for another 5 days. 
We really want to visit Skye and any other spots that are good as day trips.

My questions are:
1) How can we get from Edinburgh to near Skye? Is there a train or bus?
2) Where should we stay for those 5 days on the west coast so it's possible to see Skye and other destinations near to it?


  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hello @rebeccajane1974

    Although there is not a direct route by public transport, you have a a few options to get to Skye from Edinburgh. You can go via Glasgow or via Inverness. You can do it all by CityLink coach or take the train to either Glasgow, Inverness (or continue by train to Kyle of Lochalsh) and connect with the CityLink coach that goes to Portree, Skye. Find out more and click through to plan your journey and book tickets at the CityLink website

    There are several ferries which run to and from Skye which are perfect for day trips. Find out more at

  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @rebeccajane1974 I would strongly suggest a hire car as you can't reach many places easily by public transport. A car is a definate advantage especially on Skye. It is much easier to reach all of the hot spots as well as the hidden gems, and Scotland is full of these. Don't forget if you are on Skye or at the west coast in June then take your MIDGE repelent! (Avon - Skin so soft or Smidge)
    Best regards
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