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How To Road trip From Edinburgh to Isle of Skye, Scotland

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One of the most beautiful road trips in Scotland you can do is driving from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. The scenic drive passes through some of the most beautiful nature and iconic British holiday destinations, so you definitely don’t want to drive it all in one hit.

From the hilly and historical capital of Scotland, Edinburgh, past the scenic Glencoe area, and all the way to one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Skye, this is possibly the best road trip in Scotland.

Although the drive can be completed in several hours, there are seven of the most beautiful stops along the way that will make you fall in love with Scotland.

But how to you take this road trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye, Scotland and what are the top attractions to stop off at? This guide will reveal all.

How to Get From Edinburgh to Isle of Skye

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The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye

The best way to get from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye is by road trip. Of course, you can take a Stagecoach bus or coach tour which departs from the Edinburgh bus station, but these don’t give you the flexibility and freedom to stay at each stop as long as you like.

If you can, we highly recommend you hire a car and drive yourself.

There is a train that takes you from Edinburgh to Inverness, and then you can take the The Kyle of Lochalsh line from Dingwall to Kyle of Lochalsh, and then a ferry over to the Isle of Skye.

Or from Inverness, you can drive for around four hours to the Isle of Skye through the Scottish Highlands, but to be honest, you miss a lot of stops by taking the train to Inverness. The section between Edinburgh and Inverness has more than a few great places to stop off at as well.

You can also get a direct bus with Citylink from Edinburgh or Glasgow to Inverness, and then another bus from Inverness to Isle of Skye. There is no direct bus from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye.

How Long Does it Take To Drive From Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye

The drive from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye (Portree) will take you 6 hours if driving via the Trossachs and Glencoe without stopping.

However, you absolutely must stop at these top Scottish attractions along the way. You could spend several hours in the Trossachs National Park or you could spend several days, the duration is entirely down to you and your availability.

However, we would suggest allowing for 3-4…

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