Saddle Mountain Hostel - Go West

Route 1 – Going West straight from the hostel takes you over to the Isle of Skye.

Here are some ideas for when you’re there.

  • Arrive on the island the old fashioned way on the small ferry from Glenelg.
  • Look out for otters at the Kylerhea Otter Haven when you get off the ferry.
  • Stop at Sligachan or Glenbrittle for classic views of the famous Cuillin mountains.
  • Visit Talisker Distillery in Carbost.
  • Spend some time in Portree, visit the Aros Centre, walk along the brightly coloured houses on the harbour front.
  • Visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral home of the Macleod clan.

Don’t forget to stop off on the way!

  • See if you can spot the “Map of Scotland” at the Glengarry viewpoint on the A87.
  • Take in the breathtaking mountain scenery as you head through Glen Shiel.
  • Visit Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie and take a photo of this iconic Scottish landmark.
  • Marvel at the Skye Bridge as you approach Kyle of Lochalsh.

Carry on a bit further still…

  • Take the road north from Portree along the Trotternish Peninsula to visit the pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr and rock formations at the Quiraing.
  • Head for Uig in the north of the island and catch a ferry across to the Outer Hebrides.

Route 2 Journey West from the hostel (via Fort William) along the Road to the Isles and you’ll reach Mallaig.

Here are some ideas for when you’re there:

  • In the summer catch the Jacobite steam train that runs between Mallaig and Fort William for an unforgettable train ride through the Highlands. You can also board a regular train service!
  • Learn about the local history at the Mallaig Heritage Centre.
  • Wander round the bustling harbour and sample some Mallaig kippers.

Don’t forget to stop off on the way!

  • Walk right up to the base of the arches on the Glenfinnan Viaduct and wave at the train as it passes.
  • Get off the train at Glenfinnan and look round the Glenfinnan Station Museum and West Highland Railway Centre, eat in the Dining Car or stay overnight in the Sleeping Car.
  • Find out more about the Jacobite Rising and Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Glenfinnan Monument. Climb to the top of the monument on a tour and look out at the views down Loch Shiel.
  • Watch the sun set from one of the sandy beaches on the Arisaig coastline.

Carry on a bit further still…

  • Catch the ferry to the Small Isles (Rum, Eigg and Muck). Hop off and spend some time on one of the islands or stay on board for a great day trip.
  • Take the boat to Armadale in the south of the Isle of Skye and visit Clan Donald Skye, its historic gardens and Museum of the Isles.
  • Sail over to Inverie in Knoydart and order a drink in The Old Forge, mainland Britain’s remotest pub.