I'm planning a week trip to the UK in early September and I have my heart set on spending a good chunk of that time in the Isle of Skye. I have a few concerns. I'm a small gal traveling alone and will be without a car. I know public transportation's a little sketchy there. Will I be able to get around? I heard tell of Royal Mail trucks taking travelers about. How does this work?
I have a million other questions as well. Any crazy touristy areas to steer clear of? Is gaelic spoken pretty widely there? Any recommendations for a base? Is it pretty much Portree? All other advice is gladly taken. Just keep in my mind, my tastes run to beautiful scenery and local history and culture. Not so interested in bigger cities and nightlife, though I do have that "getting around without a car" issue.
Thanks for listening!
Gaelic is spoken by a fair amount of people in Skye (maybe a third) but it doesn't present any problems for the traveller as everyone speaks English. Still, it's fairly interesting to go there and see the language spoken as there aren't many places in Scotland that you can find this anymore, so if you want to experience that the best place to go is the far north of the island. As for public transport, there's a bus service which has a timetable here and there are also some quite expensive taxi services on the island. Of course you could always cycle if it's a nice day and you're not travelling a long distance - the weather will still be ok in September.
Can I suggest spending a night at Sligachan? It's right in the middle of the most dramatic bit of the Cuillins - the mountains are really amazing here.
If you're hostelling, the Lodge is cheap and perfectly OK - it's also just off a regular bus route from Portree. There are loads of exciting day hikes you can do from here too, if you want to stay longer.
BlankFrank, the bus service link is very, very helpful. I appreciate it. Magykal1, Sligachan is exactly the kind of advice I was hoping for. Thanks!
Kyleakin the first town over the bridge, theres a nice hill walk, Catsle ruins, and views over Loch Alsh. And Uig is a nice village in the north.
Thanks, coldwarspy. BTW, great quote on the profile, there.