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ISLE OF SKYE: Public transit from Kyleakin to Armadale/Trotternish Peninsula by car

In mid-September 2014, we are taking the train from Edinburgh (09:35) to Kyle of Lochalsh (ARR 16:00). We are renting a car and staying in Kyleakin 2 nites. We, then, return the car to K of L for return to Edinburgh, most likely, by bus from Kyle of Lochalsh (08:50) to Fort William then train from Fort William (11:40) to Edinburgh (ARR 16:36) The return route is fine although we would have preferred to take a ferry from Armadale (DEP 08:50) to Mallaig where we could get the train in Mallaig (DEP 10:10) to enjoy that scenic part of train line. The Isle of Skye Bus (Stagecoach line #52? Kyleakin-Broadford-Armadale) seems to lack any convenient earlier morning route availability, unfortunately.

1) Any other suggestions known to research transport to Armadale ferry alternatives?

Rick Steves' Trotternish Peninsula self-tour by car starting/ending in Portree goes counter-clockwise around the peninsula. This works opposite his suggested clockwise direction car tour around Ireland's Ring-of-Kerry which kept the car more open to views.

2) Any thoughts to preference in driving direction for this route? And for alternative/extra exploring Uig-Sartle-Staffin road?
I appreciate your thoughts.
Eileen in San Diego

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You might want to look into the cost of a taxi from Kyle to Armadale. Here's a link to the taxi services.

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BTW you may find that the views on the tour around Trotternish are on both sides. One is mountains and the other sea. Also, there are plenty of places to pull off and enjoy the view.

Have you looked into driving out toward Neist Head?


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You could also pay 23.50 pounds to take your car on the ferry, if you have the option to turn it in at Mallaig or Fort William, instead.

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Pamela and Laura,
Thank you for your suggestions. I shall look into them.

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We drove Rick's Trotternish Peninsula self-tour last year. It never occurred to me to think about it in the same way he recommends to drive in Dingle or R of K. We enjoyed it immensely, and all four of us on the drive felt we had great views. I wonder if the first few sights (including the Old Man of Storr) would be as good coming at it from the other way? Doing it Rick's way, you see them coming. Not having done it the other way, I can't be sure, but I wonder would you have to be looking in the rear view mirror? I recall it being mountainous, and just wonder are the views blocked coming from the other direction.

Maybe Ed or Pam can comment as they've both covered Scotland extensively.

EDIT - I see Pam has already said the other way works OK for viewing. Always way ahead!