In mid- September am driving from Oban to Skye via the Mallaig Ferry. Plan to reserve the 4:00 departure. Am staying 2 nights in Skye, but in the Breakish area near the bridge. So will have only 1 day to tour Skye. Was hoping to see Portree, drive the Trotternish loop (maybe a small hike) and head to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens before returning to Breakish for the night and dinner. Or would it make better sense to do in reverse order? Thoughts and recommendations greatly appreciated.
There is very little to see in Portree. It is a small village with little to detail you apart from the colourful houses around the harbour (best seen across the water, from the path at the foot of the Cullin Hills Hotel).
You could drive the Trotternish loop in the morning (get an early breakfast) - head up to the Quiraing for your short hike - the parking is at the top of the ridge so the elevation gain is done the easy way. Then back to the loop to see the north end of the island before heading across to Dunvegan Castle and Gardens. To head back to Breakish from there take the road towards Sligachan via Struan for some great views of the Cullin Ridge.
We had two days on Skye. We stayed in Portree, and walked around town. We hiked to Old Man of Storr, Kilt Cliffs, Museum of Island Life, Duntulm Castle, and Dunvegan Castle. Day two was a countryside drive out to Waternish and Stein.