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Scotland 7 Day Roadtrip

Hi Fellow Travelers,

We are planning to visit scotland in mid july for about 7 days. We plan to spend 1 night in edinburgh, and then rent a car and drive to spey and spend 1 night in craigelachie to do one/two of the distilleries, drive via inverness/lochness to skye and spend 2 nights in portree (sight seeing/visiting talisker). We have 3 more nights before we fly out of glasgow. We were wondering if we should venture and do 2 nights in islay and go via glencoe/oban to islay.... and then spend the last night in glasgow before our flight out. Or if we should add one more night to skye and spend 2 nights in glencoe/oban before our flight?

Any thoughts? suggestions? Are we being too ambitious?!

Thanks in advance!

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Any nights which you plan to spend on Skye need to be booked in advance. Do not just turn up and expect to find somewhere.

Skye is popular all year round and accommodation can be hard to find, especially in the summer months. If you have trouble finding somewhere then look to staying in places such at the Kyle of Lochalsh and driving over the bridge every day to do your sight seeing.

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Yeh, we took some time finding a place but we finally did! It really sells out fast in skye! we have already booked all our stays except for the last 3 nights, which is where we wanted help with :)


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If you plan to go to Islay you should check the ferry timetables on if you haven't already. There aren't that many per day and the quickest direct crossing is from Kennacraig as opposed to Oban, but Kennacraig is a fair bit further south than Oban. Cars need to be pre-booked on the ferries as well according to CalMac.

That said if you are coming down from Skye, you'd be missing a trick if you didn't return via Fort William/Glencoe on your return to Glasgow. Probably quickest way back to Glasgow as well, and the scenery is magnificent on the west coast.

Even as a confirmed single Malt drinker myself I have to say that one distillery is very much like another so far as tours of the processes involved are concerned so you may save a bit of time and money by choosing which tour(s) to take judiciously and just nipping into the on site shop at the others!

Hope you have a good trip!