I have 2 weeks to go 500 miles so thought I could easily add in Orkney for 4 of them. I am questioning the need to stay in Helmsdale on the east side for 2 nights and where to stay for the final 3 nights near Applecross. All rooms are booked. They aren't kidding when they say to book in advance.
So far I have:
Inverness May 15 & 16 arriving via train from Glasgow late evening of the 15th. Picking up rental car morning of the 17th. (I have yet to nail down the car).
Helmsdale East side NC500 May 17 & 18
Stromness OrkneyMay 19, 20 & 21st
Ullapool May 22,23, & 24
May 26-28 ??????
Edinburgh: May 29th last night before early flight home on May 30th.
Is it too ambitious to catch ferry from Orkney and expect to get to Ullapool in one day? I will be there for 3 nights so can branch out from there if I end up driving past places to stop?
Any tips on car rental? I am meeting a friend from Britain in Inverness so she will be doing the driving. Although, I was going to do some driving to practice driving on the left. Personally, I have no desire to do the famous road on Applecross with all the hairpin turns would be taking the shorter route.
I am having a bit of confusion understanding the ferry system and which route is the best to take. I believe the Gills to St Margaret's Hope is the most economical. But Scrabster to Stromness would be more practical.
Thank you all in advance. I have yet to take a trip without gleaning a valuable tid bit of advice from this forum. I do try to pay it back and answer what I can when I return.