I am currently planning a trip to Scotland for the end of August and I'm looking for some advice on one of the days of my journey.
I'd like to travel from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh by train, then take either the bus or a taxi to Eilean Donan castle. I'd then make my way to Skye and I'd like to see the Armadale Castle and Gardens before leaving via the Armadale ferry to Mallaig (I will not have a car-- this will all be bus/train/ferry) I'd like to stay in Mallaig for the night before traveling on. I might be able to go back the next morning into Skye on the ferry for about half a day, but a that point I'd need to travel on to make my next destination
Here's the part that I'm not sure of-- I'd like to make a side trip between Eilean Donan and Armadale, but I'm undecided on where to go. I'd like to see Dunvegan Castle, but I think that might be too ambitious. (from the timetable I was looking at, the earliest train would leave at 11:00 and arrive at 13:26-- that doesn't leave much time in the day! The bus times are a little more favorable, is the bus route comparable to the train route in terms of scenery?) Maybe instead of Dunvegan just spend time in Portree instead? I'd like to see some of the landscape that is unique to Skye, but I don't want to strand myself by not making the last Mallaig ferry of the night
Also, since I would be traveling with my luggage, is there anywhere along my route that would have a luggage storage (in Kyle of Lochalsh or Broadford maybe?) the only left luggage options I have seen are at hotels-- Since I'd be staying in Mallaig, that wouldn't work very well. It'd certainly be easier to adventure on the island without a suitcase!