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Old 19 January 2016, 12:21   #1
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Can anyone recommend any slipways on the Isle of Skye? Thinking of taking the RIB up there for a week in May with the camper van for a bit of an adventure... any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks - Bob
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Old 19 January 2016, 12:33   #2
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Skye has lots of slips, you'd be best telling us where about on Skye you'll be. The first one would be at Kyleakin - over the Skye bridge, turn left at the roundabout and drive down to the old ferry slip at the end of the road. You'll also find plenty of parking space for your camper down there. That area is also fairly sheltered and there's plenty of interesting boating to be had. Recommended.
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Old 19 January 2016, 12:34   #3
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Fantastic new slip and pontoon at Carbost on West coast of Skye.On Loch Harport which leads into Loch Bracadale so fairly sheltered with various islands to explore. Loads of wildlife, beautiful spot. Carbost has a fairly basic site for campervans but its cheap!! Great pub with real ales, entertainment and great food.Talisker distillery is local too.
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was up there for a week at crimbo portnalong has two slips into shelted bay on loch harport one is available all tide fishermans pontoon at the side of it, make enquires to use it i think a few beer tokens will sort. the other on the pier drops off but usable for at least 3 hours either side of HW clean slips plenty of parking freash water tap on the shore.
carbost as said good slipway bottom just shows at low water so probably usable all tide oposite distillery but skye is a big island you need to be a bit more specific on your location,plenty of cottages if thats your bag look up scotish cottages .com or walk scotland.
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Only problem with Portnalong pontoons is that the fish farm own them and only allow you to use the bit that dries out.It`s fairly rocky ground so not recommended for an overnight stay.
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Old 20 January 2016, 03:11   #6
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Skye is a big island. It's also deceptively small. Driving across or up it can take and age. The roads are rubbish. Millions if campers. A fair amount if road is single track with passing places.

The more remote the better. Just factor in there will be more driving time than you expect unless you are launching as soon as you criss the bridge.
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Thanks for all of the advice. We drove round Mull last year (didn't take the boat) and some of the roads were a bit dicey if you needed to select the 'reverse' gear... Was looking for 2-3 slips on Skye to visit over a week and just camp near them in the VW. The Carborst site looks promising, they have a FaceBook page I have found as well. If you can advise on any others, it would be most appreciated.
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Thanks for all of the advice. We drove round Mull last year (didn't take the boat) and some of the roads were a bit dicey if you needed to select the 'reverse' gear... Was looking for 2-3 slips on Skye to visit over a week and just camp near them in the VW. The Carborst site looks promising, they have a FaceBook page I have found as well. If you can advise on any others, it would be most appreciated.
Good slip at Stein with parking and Poolteil has a decent slip good for at least half tide but with a brutal end. Again loads of parking. Slip onto the beach at Harlosh...DON'T TAKE YOUR CAR ONTO THE BEACH best boating round Skye is Idrigil/Mcleods Maidens and north to Neist.
PS the roads are fine......don't worry
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Good slip at Stein with parking and Poolteil has a decent slip good for at least half tide but with a brutal end. Again loads of parking. Slip onto the beach at Harlosh...DON'T TAKE YOUR CAR ONTO THE BEACH best boating round Skye is Idrigil/Mcleods Maidens and north to Neist.
PS the roads are fine......don't worry
Thanks Last Tango, great info... just done my google earth flyby!
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Roads are not that bad. All the major villages have good roads to them. True if you go to the very south of the island there is a lot of single track stuff. Roads are mostly better than Mull for sure!!
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