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1 night stay near ferry in Glenelg?

Hello all! My family would love to take the turntable ferry to Skye as part of our road trip in June (Covid depending!). We will be driving through Glen Coe and would like to stay 1 night near the ferry so we can hop on in the morning. I am having trouble finding accommodation for 4 (2 adults, 2 teens that are more or less adults!) for one night. Glenelg Inn has a minimum 2 night stay. I'm hoping someone has a tip or two to guide us in the right direction. What other villages are nearby? Are there villages before the pass that we could stay in and drive the pass to the ferry in the morning ? Any ideas would help!

Thank you!

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A few years ago, we were doing it the other direction, from Isle of Skye onto the mainland. After reaching Glenelg by ferry and seeing the two Broch towers there, we continued driving quite a while until we reached Fort William, where we stayed. In reverse, Fort William would be too long a drive to get you on an early ferry.

I can’t say exactly what lodging options there’s be for your bunch, but would Shiel Bridge be a possibility? It looks like people are renting out their holiday homes in the area, for what I presume are longer than a one-night stay. Maybe there’s an inn or two, or B&B you can identify. We weren’t looking for a place to stay, so I can’t offer personal recommendations. There’s a small hamlet just north of Shiel Bridge, too, Ratagan, which seems to have a hostel, but not sure what else.

The ferry was truly a cherished experience. Short, over pretty quick, but unique and memorable.

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Thanks Cyn!
We are open to anything at this point. I appreciate even the name of a village to search for accommodation. I am struggling to wrap my head around the villages and their distance to the ferry so anything is helpful.
Thanks again!

Posted by
5678 posts

You should check the Glenelg Inn. It looks like it might work. I have not checked reviews. It looks like most accommodations in the town are self-catering cottages and the like. It looks there may be a B&B (Maggie Cameron) but I can't find a website for it. There is a TripAdvisor review. Also, look for Balcraggie House on TA. There is Ratagan Youth Hostel over on Loch Duich, Also near the loch is a hunting lodge. But if I were going to stay some place like Glenshiel I would want to be their longer than one night!

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The Dornie Hotel is not right by the Glenelg ferry, but within half an hour -- I'd say it's roughly halfway between the Kyle of Lochalsh bridge and the Glenelg ferry. We stayed there and found it clean, comfortable, and affordable. The hosts were helpful. The pub serves good food and is popular with locals.

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Thanks Pamela! I know this area is beautiful! We had to make choices which means we shall have to return again! Thanks for the ideas.

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1101 posts

It is a very remote area so you won't find masses of accommodation very close to the ferry. However, it doesn't start up until around 10 or 1030 in the morning, so you perhaps don't need to be super close? How about the Cluanie Inn? it would be on the route and in a beautiful (wild) spot. Otherwise Plockton or Dornie?

Hope that helps

Jacqui (Skyegirl)

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Funny enough I nearly tapped out the Cluanie Inn earlier.
I have also been in the Dornie Inn a well run and welcoming place
If the " kids" fancy fishing they through themselves on the line from the causeway.
Dornie means backtracking but the distance is trivial.
Therrs an otter hide just after you do the Kylerhea crossing and a few minutes walk from the slipway
The minor road up from the ferry is spectacular

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Google MAaps shows half a dozen places within a few miles. On Maps, smaller places just show up as small dots when you search for nearby lodging.