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Isle of Skye Road Trip

I will be staying in Harrapool and will have a full day to see Isle of Skye with my wife and 1 year-old in a rental car. I am wondering if anyone could suggest a reasonable number of stops for such a day trip, and some top priorities, etc. Thanks so much.

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The 'classic' Skye itinerary would be the Trotternish Peninsula. Start at Portree then head up the east coast of Skye heading towards Staffin. You will pass the Old Man of Storr, Brother's Point (dinosaur footprints and good scenery), Kilt Rock and could make a stop on Staffin Beach if the tide is out to spot more dinosaur prints. Many people would then head left up to the Quiraing (rock formations and great views on a clear day), but an alternative would be to keep going around the top of Skye, stopping for lunch and/or cake at the tiny, quirky Single Track Cafe and Espresso bar. You could then take in the small but lovely Museum of Island Life (reconstructed 'black houses' with grass roofs), before looping back south towards Portree.

An alternative itinerary could be to head towards Carbost then heading south to the Fairy Pools and then to Glenbrittle beach (one of the few sandy bays on Skye (although Broadford bay where you're staying is sandy when the tide is out). There's a campsite cafe there too. Or you could add in Talisker Bay which is a short but lovely walk from the parking area, and also sandy when the tide is out.

Another alternative, Dunvegan Castle and gardens followed by the coral beach. You would probably see seals, either from the castle gardens or at the coral beach.

Finally, you could look at boat trips out of Elgol - run by the Bella Jane. Their trips are very family friendly and you would likely see plenty of wildlife. You'd probably see Highland cattle (hairy coos) on the road to Elgol too.

Hope this helps!
Jacqui (Skyegirl)

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Andrew! Haha!
The ongoing discussion about Mallaig - 'cute fishing village' or 'dump'. I can't really comment as I only ever pass through on the way to the ferry on the way home, or on the way to Fort William for essential supplies. We once stayed at an excellent B&B in Morar, very close to Mallaig and had a super time. The coastline around Arisaig is stunning and of course you can access the incredible Knoydart from Mallaig, as well as the Small Isles. So while Mallaig itself 'may' not have much to recommend it, it can be a useful base!

Best wishes
Jacqui (Skyegirl)

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Hi Mike
Frustratingly I can't remember the name of the B&B in Morar, but when I looked on Airbnb just now it seems to have gone. It was a beautiful new house that they had built themselves, and the chap was a lifeboat man. Really lovely people and a beautiful location.

Jacqui

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Hi, Jacqui,

Was the B&B run by Maggie and Phil (and their dog, Bob), and was it directly across from the train station in Morar?

Best wishes,

Mike

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Hi Mike. No it definitely wasn't them. It was overlooking the loch but up on a hill, not quite in the village. A brand new house. I think they might have been planning to move though.