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Where to Stay on Skye

Hello, fellow travelers. We will be visiting Skye in August 2024. We will have a car, so we are thinking about driving to Armadale the day we leave Skye, in the morning on August 21st via the car ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. From there we will be heading to Oban, stopping at Glenfinnan and maybe Kilmartin Glen. Will the ferry actually save some time over leaving the way we came, the bridge? Also, any advice on where to stay on SKye so that we can make the ferry without too much difficulty? I believe the ferry leaves around 9:30 am. Thank you!

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Hi Tracy
The Duisdale Hotel might make for a lovely final night on Skye. It's on the road that leads down to Armadale, putting you no more than a 15 minute drive from the ferry. You'll want to be in line for the ferry around 45 minutes before departure and of course you need a reservation for your car. The ferry is a lovely way to leave Skye giving you the benefit of the Road to the Isles between Mallaig and Fort William.

Alternatively there are numerous B&Bs in Broadford, which is about 30 minutes drive from the ferry.

Jacqui

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Thank you Jacqui! We booked the Broadford House for our third night on Skye. Can you tell me where, in your opinion, might be a good area to stay in for our other two nights? Where would a good base be to explore the island two days, but still get to Broadford by about 4:00 pm that last day?

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Often harbour porpoises jumping in front of the boat over to Mallaig.
Very good bakery on the harbourside.
Helens bench us worth the few minutes walk
The Knoydart ferry is worth considering, a vist to the remotest pub ,runs twice a day generally
From memory theres live music at the pub in Arisaig on Sunday afternoons and Thursday evenings.
The silver sand beaches at Morar are worth the few minutes divertion.
The film Local Hero might be worth checking out.a classic Brit film .
I got to go to the Morar Highland Games ,they take the music and dancing very seriously.
The local cinema in Fort William just won Cinema at the Year .

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Can you tell me where, in your opinion, might be a good area to stay in for our other two nights? Where would a good base be to explore the island two days,

Jacqui can give you the best options as she actually lives on Skye and owns a guest house near Dunvegan Castle. But I can tell you that Portree will probably give you the best selection of places to stay.

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But the rates will probably be highest in Portree, because that's by far the most convenient place to stay for folks who don't have cars.

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We stayed in Portree last June at the Viewfield House. We loved its location on a hill overlooking a lake. You can walk to downtown Portree if you wish, although we drove our car to the restaurants. The location is very private and quiet and you are away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. We spent 4 nights here and drove all around Skye. We followed the On The Luce blog for a wonderful roadtrip that took us to all the scenic spots.

https://viewfieldhouse.com/location

https://www.ontheluce.com/isle-of-skye-itinerary/

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Like others I'd recommend Portree for the easiest options for evening meals. It's also well placed for exploring.

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Thank you! We were able to book two nights in Portree at Glenfalloch Beag Apartment. Many places in Portree were already sold out or way too expensive. So we were lucky to find this place, I think. Thank you for the advice.

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For others who might read this and be looking for accommodation on Skye this summer, you might find that small B&Bs haven't opened their booking diaries yet for the season. Many will still be waiting to get their short term let licences approved by Highland Council. However, it's also the case that quite a few hosts decided not to bother applying for licences, so there could well be fewer options now than in the past (and this applies across Scotland, not just on Skye).