We (my wife and I) will land in London on September 1st for a couple of days to acclimatize and then we're off for 7 Days in Scotland and in our 'infinite' wisdom, we are planning a trip from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye and back. We are hoping for confirmation that "Yeah, that's a great idea" or "hmmm, I would recommend this instead ... ".
Overall, we are planning to circle west to Isle of Skye and return through the east:
1 night on route to Isle of Skye (Killin, Glencoe, or Oban)
3 nights in Isle of Skye (Arrive via Mallaig and depart via Bridge of Skye)
1 night on route to Edinburgh (Inverness or Ballater)
2 nights in Edinburgh
Google maps claims we can do this in about 15 hours ... :)
We arrive in Edinburgh @ 10:00 am to rent a car and hit the highway M9 through Stirling (stopping at Falkirk & Stirling) and up toward Tyndrum.
Route A: Stop at Killin for the night(Edinburgh->Killin=2 hours GMap driving time)
Route B: Stop at Oban for the night (Edinburgh ->Oban = 3 hours GMap driving time. We are leaning toward Oban but it is a bit more driving :),
Explore countryside driving to Portree via Mallaig Ferry
Explore Isle of Skye - Fairy Pools and Talisker in the morning and maybe Dunvegan Castle and Neist Point in the afternoon.
Explore Isle of Skye -Lighthouse, Old man of Storr and north -
Option A - Spend night in Isle of Skye
Option B - Stay at Dornie at night for Eileen Donan Castle Evening and Morning photos. It's also a little closer to our next destination.
Explore countryside driving through Torridon and Achnasheen and past Inverness to Ballater (GMaps=3.5 Hours)
Route A: Explore countryside driving from Ballater through Stonehaven, St Andrews and into Edinburgh (GMaps = 3.5 Hours). Looks like some great Castles on this route. I was thinking Crathes and Dunnatar look really interesting. Any others? Some have mentioned that St Andrews is worth a few hours.
Route B: Explore countryside driving from Ballater through Braemar, Perth and into Edinburgh (GMaps = 2.5 Hours) to arrive in early PM and explore Edinburgh in evening
Fly to Ireland
So what do you think fellow explorers? As always, we know there is a "bit" of driving involved but we enjoy exploring and getting opportunities for photography, a bit of hiking and poking through the countryside.
We're looking for some recommendations on routes, places to stop for hiking and photographs. What are some of your favourite places that are just off the beaten path?
One question to add, what about going over the Applecross pass on the way to Torridon? Is it weather dependant?
Naturally all alternative suggestions and helpful advice are welcome. Especially Places to stay overnight and great places to eat would be an added bonus.
Where is some of the great places for food in Isle of Skye?
Thanks to all in advance