Touring on Skye

Cycle-touring, Expeditions, Adventures, Major cycle routes NOT LeJoG (see other special board)
ambodach
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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby ambodach » 29 Jan 2020, 12:17pm

Not confined to Skye but many consider hire cars and motorhomes to be a curse and a pestilence. They are mostly driven by people unused to driving on the left and on single track roads particularly can be a danger. They also tend to drive slowly with no regard for anyone else.

mattheus
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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby mattheus » 29 Jan 2020, 12:19pm

… much discussed on the North Coast 500 thread. (and I've read it elsewhere).

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby phil parker » 29 Jan 2020, 12:31pm

I noticed a couple of home-made protest signs, either just before or after Broadford, that declared "We need schools - not Airports". This had me wondering if planning application had been applied for. Although with an adequate air strip at Plockton, I wonder why?

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby philsknees » 29 Jan 2020, 6:25pm

phil parker wrote:I noticed a couple of home-made protest signs, either just before or after Broadford, that declared "We need schools - not Airports". This had me wondering if planning application had been applied for. Although with an adequate air strip at Plockton, I wonder why?


This: https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/ne ... s-takeoff/ explains what's going on.
Apparently an airport on Skye is considered by some :? to be the missing link in Scotlands air service.
Back in the day, before the Loganair scheduled flights ceased, climbing friends who were short of leave (but not money!) sometimes flew into Broadford to join us on our climbing trips. I wasn't aware of the seaplane passenger service mentioned in the news article though.
Pre-bridge it wasn't unusual to helicopter seriously ill patients to Inverness hospital rather than subject them to the long road journey by ambulance - if, of course, the ferry was running.
Wonder who's paying :roll:

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby phil parker » 29 Jan 2020, 6:34pm

“Skye is very much the missing link in Scotland’s air network. Let’s put Skye on the map for air services, benefiting locals, businesses and tourists.”


With all that has been discussed here - maybe a bridge too far?

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby ambodach » 29 Jan 2020, 9:07pm

I think an air service to Skye was discontinued due the low traffic figures. There is a small but vocal pressure group who may use it for business purposes but not enough of them to be economically viable. I have seen the seaplane in use as it flew to Oban and Tobermory but failed to attract enough real traffic so has not done this route for a few years now.

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby mattheus » 30 Jan 2020, 9:21am

I would LOOOOVE to arrive in Tobermory by seaplane, just once. I'd wear my Indiana Jones hat for the occasion.

I guess I'd need to reach some sea first to start the journey; perhaps by pony-n-trap …


[EDIT to correct Indiana :roll: ]
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philsknees
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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby philsknees » 30 Jan 2020, 11:12am

mattheus wrote:I would LOOOOVE to arrive in Tobermory by seaplane, just once. I'd wear my Indian Jones hat for the occasion.

I guess I'd need to reach some sea first to start the journey; perhaps by pony-n-trap …


A few years ago we were impressively buzzed several times by a seaplane (presumably from here: https://www.lochlomondseaplanes.com/ while cycling the south Loch Tay road. He later stooged around level with us out above the loch before giving us a grandstand view of him landing and taxi-ing towards Ardeonaig hotel, where his passengers disembarked into a motor launch, presumably for lunch? Someone must have splashed out a few bob!

Loch Lomond Seaplanes appear to offer flights to Oban and Tobermory from the Clyde Seaplane Terminal in Glasgow during winter months and shorter "tourist hops" in summer (per Wiki & their own website) but you may want to thoroughly investigate some of the Tripadvisor reviews before proceeding.

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby ambodach » 30 Jan 2020, 12:36pm

Loch Lomond Seaplanes will I think go anywhere they can land on water. I did see the program where they landed on Skye at the airstrip but that I think is a rare occurrence. I have not heard of them landing in either Oban or Tobermory recently. There was in the past a scheduled flight to Glenforsa on Mull but this could be dodgy for landing in a side wind. There also has to be appropriate equipment such as a fire engine on standby with obviously people trained in it’s use.

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby Navrig » 5 Feb 2020, 7:19pm

Skye is beautiful in most weather but there are equally as beautiful places in Scotland better suited to cycling. Skye is just too congested for the narrow roads and bikes.

Don't count on getting B&B on spec during the summer months. The island is at times "full".

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Re: Touring on Skye

Postby gloomyandy » 10 Feb 2020, 10:40am

Navrig wrote:Don't count on getting B&B on spec during the summer months. The island is at times "full".


Indeed we are travelling to the Outer Hebrides via Skye this July and most of the B&Bs we contacted told us they had been booked solid for some time.