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Subject Topic: Isle of Skye Post Reply Post New Topic
16/3/2023 at 8:58am
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How many sites/nights would you recommend for Isle of Skye please?

It is a long drive to go up to Scotland, so it is likely to be a longer trip than just 5-6 nights.

I shall probably have a one-nighter going up and on the way back to break up the journey.

Thanks in advance.

DK

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via mobile 16/3/2023 at 10:09am
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When are you going? Itís an awfy busy place in summer, but I think most sites are fine. Iíd look at getting a central one to radiate out from - the island is bigger than it looks. If you go to a coastal one, great views but youíll be driving the same road back to it every day.
Iíve usually self catered for a week near Sligachan (central & very famous hotel) because some roads are too narrow for comfortable driving in our MH, but youíll be fine in yours.
Include a day on Raasay - go over on foot & if you like poetry, read ďHallaigĒ by Sorley MacLean before you go: a lament for the Clearances, with birch trees likened to the girls in the township of Hallaig now gone.
Maybe take a boat from Elgol over to Loch Coruisk (not for walking unless youíre experienced, as ďthe bad stepĒ is well named) & come back the same way. (Thereís a brilliant YouTube of the Scottish cyclist taking his bike over & cycling up to the top, with excellent music. Canít remember names, might post later.)
Great place for geology but that might not be your interest - Red Cuillins glow red at sunset, Black Cuillins go coal black, but they look the same during the day (jaggy, very unlike Mull).
You could also make an interesting loop of it, make more of the trip, by taking the ferry over from Mallaig & coming back on the bridge. Iím not sure the tiny private ferry at Glenelg is still operating. (Drovers used to swim the herds of Highland cattle over that route, heading to the trysting fair at Falkirk).
Sorry for all that. Hopefully some is useful to you, DK.

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2024 = 2 sites / 4 nights. 2023 = 9/23. 2022 = 13/35. 2021 = 11/29. 2020 = 4/20. 2019 = 13/35. 2018 = 20/33. 2017 = 10/22. 2016 = 19/33. 2015 = 15 sites / 27 nights. Didn't count 1976 to 2014.


via mobile 16/3/2023 at 10:12am
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Danny Macaskill: The Ridge - YouTube (7 minutes long)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ_IQS3VKjA

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2024 = 2 sites / 4 nights. 2023 = 9/23. 2022 = 13/35. 2021 = 11/29. 2020 = 4/20. 2019 = 13/35. 2018 = 20/33. 2017 = 10/22. 2016 = 19/33. 2015 = 15 sites / 27 nights. Didn't count 1976 to 2014.


16/3/2023 at 11:02am
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Very useful at Fiona W, thank you!

Currently, I am planning for mid July 2024.

However, I just checked the school holidays calendar for Scotland as I remembered they are different to England and Wales, good job too as mid July = school holidays!!!

So, I shall plan for mid June 2024 to avoid the school holidays, or in August 2024 after the schools have re-opened.

Not sure if I would feel comfortable driving in very narrow single track roads with my van though.

DK

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- 2025 - ??? inc. FR & CH
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- 2023 - 48 inc. FR
- 2022 - 49
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* Treat life events like a dog: If you can't eat it, play with it, or hump it, p1$$ on it and walk away! *


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via mobile 16/3/2023 at 3:02pm
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Have a look at OS maps. Youíll be fine on A & B roads, just check how bendy the yellow C roads are (& if thereís a dead end to turn around in), stay off the white roads as theyíll have awful surfaces.
Look up photos & youíll see monster MHs parked on verges by the honeypot sites, so youíll be able to go most places albeit with patience on the single track ones. (Look up posts by the much missed Ficklejade - she wrote excellent advice re single track roads on Mull).
Finally, book into Mortonhall at Edinburgh (reviews on UKCS) if youíre passing in August - thatís the Edinburgh Festival time; itís great for dog walks & an excellent farm shop at the entrance. Catch the bus into town & enjoy the buzz around Princes Street even if you donít go to the Tattoo (fireworks every night, visible from the Braid Hills - a short walk up from Mortonhall).

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2024 = 2 sites / 4 nights. 2023 = 9/23. 2022 = 13/35. 2021 = 11/29. 2020 = 4/20. 2019 = 13/35. 2018 = 20/33. 2017 = 10/22. 2016 = 19/33. 2015 = 15 sites / 27 nights. Didn't count 1976 to 2014.


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via mobile 16/3/2023 at 3:11pm
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VisitScotland has the most comprehensive information:
https://www.visitscotland.com/places-to-go/islands/isle-skye

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2024 = 2 sites / 4 nights. 2023 = 9/23. 2022 = 13/35. 2021 = 11/29. 2020 = 4/20. 2019 = 13/35. 2018 = 20/33. 2017 = 10/22. 2016 = 19/33. 2015 = 15 sites / 27 nights. Didn't count 1976 to 2014.


16/3/2023 at 4:59pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Fiona W on 16/3/2023
VisitScotland has the most comprehensive information:
https://www.visitscotland.com/places-to-go/islands/isle-skye



Got it, thanks!

DK

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* Apple The Campervan - A Van For Work, Rest And Play! *
- 2025 - ??? inc. FR & CH
- 2024 - 8/54 inc. FR & NL
- 2023 - 48 inc. FR
- 2022 - 49
- 2021 - 34
* Ex-tenter & solo female camper *
* Treat life events like a dog: If you can't eat it, play with it, or hump it, p1$$ on it and walk away! *


Don't forget to leave a review of the campsites you have visited this year or last!


16/3/2023 at 6:19pm
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Add to the list The Quiraing; the area has sensational scenery, it's well worth a visit. At midsummer in Skye you might need a sleeping mask. Night is a very fleeting thing up there in summer. It's 20 years since I visited Skye, found it fascinating and photogenic. I tented just outside Portree and at Staffin; it was windy!

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16/3/2023 at 6:37pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Hedgehugger on 16/3/2023
Add to the list The Quiraing; the area has sensational scenery, it's well worth a visit. At midsummer in Skye you might need a sleeping mask. Night is a very fleeting thing up there in summer. It's 20 years since I visited Skye, found it fascinating and photogenic. I tented just outside Portree and at Staffin; it was windy!



I'll be in my van with black-out curtains and blinds, so no worries on that front.

Thanks for the advice!

DK



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* Apple The Campervan - A Van For Work, Rest And Play! *
- 2025 - ??? inc. FR & CH
- 2024 - 8/54 inc. FR & NL
- 2023 - 48 inc. FR
- 2022 - 49
- 2021 - 34
* Ex-tenter & solo female camper *
* Treat life events like a dog: If you can't eat it, play with it, or hump it, p1$$ on it and walk away! *


16/3/2023 at 9:27pm
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Ah, you're sorted then! I doubt I'll make it that far north again, barring miracles - enjoy!

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16/3/2023 at 10:34pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Hedgehugger on 16/3/2023
Ah, you're sorted then! I doubt I'll make it that far north again, barring miracles - enjoy!



I am hoping to take my van up to the Arctic Circle when I fully retired as one of my bucket list trip, as I would need to take a whole month off!

DK


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* Apple The Campervan - A Van For Work, Rest And Play! *
- 2025 - ??? inc. FR & CH
- 2024 - 8/54 inc. FR & NL
- 2023 - 48 inc. FR
- 2022 - 49
- 2021 - 34
* Ex-tenter & solo female camper *
* Treat life events like a dog: If you can't eat it, play with it, or hump it, p1$$ on it and walk away! *


Don't forget to leave a review of the campsites you have visited this year or last!


17/3/2023 at 2:25pm
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That's impressive! Hope you manage it and see the Northern Lights.

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20/3/2023 at 1:42pm
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Hmmm, looks like Skye will have to wait as I am likely to visit my family in Canada next year, with a trip to Mexico with my brother while I am out there, and the flights from Vancouver to Cancun are not cheap!

DK

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* Apple The Campervan - A Van For Work, Rest And Play! *
- 2025 - ??? inc. FR & CH
- 2024 - 8/54 inc. FR & NL
- 2023 - 48 inc. FR
- 2022 - 49
- 2021 - 34
* Ex-tenter & solo female camper *
* Treat life events like a dog: If you can't eat it, play with it, or hump it, p1$$ on it and walk away! *


29/3/2023 at 9:46pm
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North end of Skye hosts most of the spectacular scenery - Trotternish Ridge going North of Portree

Staffin Campsite is a good stop over - well maintained and ran site

Enjoy.....



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