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Isle of Skye-location and

We plan to stay on the isle of Skye from r two nights in Aug . 2017. We will be taking the ferry over and the bridge back. Just in the initial planning stages now so we're flexible. We will be coming from Oban than onto Inverness. We prefer to stay somewhere for two nights, a location where we can see the sites without back tracking. Any recommendations of locations and B&Bs?

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Be sure to make reservations for lodging and the ferry well in advance and dress warmly and wear rain gear as the average high temperature for August on Skye is 55 F and the weather is dampish. There are campsites available if you really like the outdoors..

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I'll second the advice about booking well in advance. We traveled in May (last month) and in February some of the places I tried were already fully booked. August is more of the prime tourist season so even more demand for lodging.

Can't speak for any lodging on the Isle as we ended up sleeping in Dornie after being unable to get a room in Broadford. Dornie Hotel was great, but it's not suitable for your purposes given your route.

Fort William is a nice stop for lunch on the way from Oban to Mallaig / ferry and it has a helpful Tourist Info "i" office. The main street, which is pedestrians only, has a good variety of shops, restaurants and cafes -- but we ate in the Morrison's supermarket cafeteria and it was very tasty and cheap.

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Sue,

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/
I used this website to pick hikes/sites tht I wanted to see while on Skye. It is great for all of Scotland but the link I attached is for Skye. As travel on Skye is slow I would pick a couple of the peninsulas and spend a day on each. We loved the Trotternish penensula, drove the loop counter clock wise viewing Portree, Kilt Rock, Old Man Storr, Quiraing, the Fairy Glen near Uig, and back to our B&B down near Carbost. We didnt do complete hikes but spent a couple of hours each at Quirang, Storr, and the Fairy Glen. The next day we went to Carbost, did the Fairy Pools, and the coral beach up near Dunvegan, then the bad weather hit! Our B&B ws mid isle and it was awesome. http://www.blabheinn.scot/ Tania and Stuart had maps, great ideas, good food, one of my favorites. here is the link i used for planning mapping our trip. I totally love Skye!!

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We stayed at the Skye Picture House in Broadford last summer and were very happy there. Try to book the family room - it is larger than the others. Stuart is very helpful with suggesting itineraries. (If it is important to you to have a hot breakfast, Skye Picture House does an ample breakfast, but they do NOT offer a hot breakfast, except for porridge.) Broadford is an especially good location if you also want to visit Plockton and Eileen Donan Castle - it is not an especially "cute" town but has two excellent restaurants - Red Skye and a Spanish one in the town. We liked Broadford better than "charming" Portree which we found crowded and a parking problem.

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We stayed in Portree at a B & B called Skye Haven, the room was comfortable and the breakfast good. It is about a 10 minute walk to the town center. Portree is a good base for exploring Skye.

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Thanks you all for your suggestions.
Sue

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We stayed 3 nights at Wilmar B&B in Carbost on the Isle of Sky. It was absolutely amazing. We felt it was a great location. Very comfortable beds great breakfast!

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We stayed at the Ben Tianavaig Bed & Breakfast in Portree, and loved it. the B&B was perfect and the location worked great for us. Book in advance though- it books up very fast.

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I definitely recommend Bla Bheinn at Crossal as another recommended in this forum. Tania and Stewart are fantastic hosts and their two dogs are really sweethearts. We will be staying their again for the third time in May 2017. If you wish to stay there you really need to make reservations a long time in advance, as they only have two suites. A great place to eat that is not far from their place is the pub located almost across the road from Talisker Distillery. Enjoy! Additionally if you are ever in Invermoriston which is near Loch Ness then you must also stay at Craik na Dav - another real gem with great sisters that operate the B & B.

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We stayed two nights at lovely Milivaig B&B - http://www.milivaig-skye.co.uk/#. About 15 minutes walking from Portree (a good location) but you'll have a car so 5 minutes to town. Lovely owners, lots of convenient parking and a breakfast to die for. We really enjoyed the breakfast/guest sitting room with large TV, fire, wifi, huge picture window with great scenics. Very modern and clean. Lovely owners and full of information about Skye as they are local folks.

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Thank you all for all the recommendations! I'll check these places out as I continue with our planning.