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Scenic Drive Route suggestion from Edinburgh Airport to Isle of Skye and return?

Hey Guys...
I will be leaving the hotel at the Edinburgh airport on Friday morning early on the 10th of May. I will be staying the weekend on the Isle of Skye and then leaving on Sunday the 12th and will stay the night of the 12th somewhere undetermined. I will be returning to the airport on Monday the 13th to turn in my rental car.
Anyway...I was wondering what is the best scenic route from the airport on Friday the 9th? Would like to take my time and maybe stop and see something interesting but I need to arrive that evening at the hotel in the Isle of Skye.
Also...I need a suggestion for my return route. Should I take a different return route? I can give myself an extra night on the return route and I will stay somewhere on the 12th undetermined. I need to return on the 13th at the Edinburgh Airport.
Thanks guys!!!!

Posted by
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Here is a suggested loop route for you to check out on Google maps. Edinburgh airport - Glencoe - Mallaig (involves ferry - reserve now if you want to do this) - Portree or wherever you want on Skye - Plockton - Pitlochry - return to airport.

You could do this loop either direction - however we think the drive through Glencoe is more dramatic if you approach it from the south end.

Posted by
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There are two main routes from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. One involves heading north towards Perth, then picking up the A9 as far as Dalwhinnie, then cutting west to Spean Bridge where you pick up the main A82 road north west. You can then either take the Skye Bridge across to Skye at Kyle of Lochalsh, or you could cut across to the old historic ferry art Glenelg (no need to reserve this one, but it finishes at about 5.30pm each day).

The other route would be to head from Edinburgh towards Stirling and then to Callander, the Crianlarich, where you pick up the A82. This then leads through Glencoe and on to Fort William. From there you can either continue north to Spean Bridge and follow the directions above, or you can cut west towards Mallaig and take the ferry across to Skye. This is the 'main' ferry operated by Calmac and you would need to book your place in advance.

Both routes are incredibly scenic so you might do one out and the other back. If you did the A9 route on the way back you could stay overnight at Pitlochry, which is a lovely little town.

I hope this helps.