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Isle of Mull to Isle of Skye

Hello
My husband and I will be in Scotland next July and will be doing a excursion from Mull that will end at 5:00pm
Is it doable to drive to Portree this late in the day or will we be rushing it and not seeing some of the stops we should be stopping at?
Thanks
Lynn

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Hi, lynn,

A lot is going to depend on ferry schedules. Does your excursion end on Mull, or in Oban? If the excursion is over by 5:00, and ends in Oban, you might have time to catch the last ferry out of Mallaig. Otherwise, it's a long drive to Kyle for the bridge.

If your tour ends on Mull, you may be able to catch the ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan, then drive to Mallaig for the last ferry to Armadale.

Driving is doable from Oban/Mull to Portree, as you'll have about five hours of good daylight, but you'll be missing a lot that you may wish to see. If you have the time, better to break the journey and stay overnight somewhere in between. Even Oban. That would give you plenty of time the following day to continue your journey.

Best wishes!

Mike (Auchterless)

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Thank you for this as I am getting overwhelmed LOL
I can end it at either Mull or Oban just haven't decided yet
Is Mull worth a overnight or just stay somewhere between Oban and The Isle of Sky to break up the drive?
Thanks

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Hi again, Lynn,

You could stay overnight in Tobermory, which is a totally charming village, then take the ferry from Tobermory to Kilchoan. From there, you can take a leisurely drive through Ardnamurchan and Moidart, then join the A830 close to Mallaig for the ferry to Skye. Tobermory would be a good stop for an overnight, and has some very good restaurants, as well as the best fish and chips in the Inner Hebrides from the van at the harbour.

Reservations are not required for the ferry out of Tobermory. I'd recommend them for the Mallaig to Armadale route, as it's heavily traveled in July.

Mike (Auchterless)

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Here’s another question
My excursion starts at nine on mull and end at 5
I was thinking of staying on Mull the night before and then drive north after that
So where is a charming town to stay at after leaving Mull when our excursion ends when heading toward the great glean area
Not 100% we are going to sky yet

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Hi again, Lynn,

I just checked this year's summer ferry schedules, and it would be impossible to get from Mull to Skye by ferry on the evening that your excursion ends. The last ferry from Tobermory leaves at 6:00 p.m.; the last ferry from Mallaig leaves 10 minutes later. So that eliminates going from Mull to Skye that way (If you're going to Skye.). If you're driving on to Portree the same night, you'd have to take the ferry from Craignure to Oban, then head north to Invergarry on the A82. This would still leave you at least two to three hours to reach Portree from Invergarry.

If you still plan on going to Skye, I'd recommend staying overnight in Tobermory, then taking the ferry to Kilchoan in the morning. From there, make your way up via Salen to the A830 at Lochailort, then turn left for Skye. If you're heading for Fort William, turn right.

If you're heading for the Great Glen, you could take the Fishnish to Lochaline ferry, the A884 to Strontian, then the A861 to Ardgour for the Corran Narrows ferry to Corran, where you can pick up the A82, south of Fort William. You'd be crossing Loch Linnhe, which is the southernmost loch in the Great Glen.

As fas as charming towns, there aren't many between Oban and Fort William. Oban isn't too bad, and has a good selection of accommodation and places to eat. It's not exactly charming, however. Fort William is definitely not charming! North Ballachulish is a decent place for an overnight, but it's small and very limited for food and lodging. One advantage is that it's close to Glencoe, if you're going there.

If you're looking for charming, I'd recommend staying overnight in Tobermory, before heading to the mainland the following day by one of the three ferry options.

Best wishes for your plans! Don't get too stressed!

Mike (Auchterless)