Budget Travel: Fort Williams & Isle of Skye

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Last month me & my hubby went for a 9 days trip to Highlands & Isle of Skye. It was one of those most awaited trips of the year, and being the summer season a hot favourite destination for many tourists and travellers like us. Being Scotland and famous for it’s weather, everyone wants to enjoy the sunny days and as the forecast changes people plan their holiday to this majestic land. Lodging becomes expensive, infact in many cases you will not be able to book one as the cheaper ones will be booked out a long time ago.

Travelling does not have to be expensive if you are flexible and plan well in advance. I will say planning Well in Advance adds more fun to your most awaiting trip. Of course we can always have unexpected expenses in our travel.

We had an awesome trip in Skye and fort williams with an expense of £250 per person that included our food, lodging in camps, travelling and sight seeing for 9 days. Hereby I am sharing with fellow readers my budget details for the trip.

PS: Our trip included more of hiking, walking and enjoying the serenity around. Our aim was to soak the beauty around and live in the nature. We camped in the beautiful valleys of Scotland.

How to get Around: There is public transport available, but it is not so frequent as population around Fort Williams and Isle of Skye is not very dense. It is a good idea to rent a car to get around these islands. I am not sure the cost of renting a car because we had our own so we had expenses only for fuel. We visited Fort Williams in Highlands and Glenbrittle, Aird of Sleat, Elgol, Dunvegan, Portree in Isle of Skye. Travelling from one place to another is not time consuming while on Isle. It is a small island, and it will not take more than 45 mins to go from one town to another.

Accommodation: One of the best part of camping in Scotland is that you can camp for free in various places. And Yes believe me you can camp in some of the most beautiful foothills, into the woodlands, near to a lake or may be in a field next to a quiet road. We wild camped in Isle of Skye for two days near the foothills of Black Cuillins. It was the most beautiful place I have stayed in during any trip. We stayed at two beautiful campsites:

Glen Nevis Holidays – You can not imagine a site better than this in fort williams, right at the foothills of Ben Nevis (Britains Highest Mountain). Ideal location for hikers or walkers. Clean toilets, washing area, bathrooms and a food cart shop in the site. Link- http://www.glen-nevis.co.uk/ – £10/night pp.

Glenbrittle Campsite – Another most beautiful site, I have never stayed in a campsite beautiful than this one. For those who are not willing for wild camping yet, this is an ideal site to get the taste of it. Link – http://www.dunvegancastle.com/content/?page=s20 – £8/night pp.

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Food- After lodging the next big money saver is Food. For a camping trip or self catering trip, try to pack as much as you can back from home. You can always buy milk, bread or fruits from a local store. But most of the food you can pick up from your home itself instead of buying new packets for the trip. Believe me packing up spices, sugar, tea/coffee, jams, biscuits, energy bars, cereals, ready to eat food packets, snacks to nibble on, cling film or air tight packed for sandviches so that you can carry your lunch along with you as well. Read to eat packets will save you some money on stove fuel as well. So pack food according to your needs and carry it along.

Sight Seeings: We walked around to see places. For rainy days we kept some distillery and brewery, castles on the list as well. Well these are the places worth spending money on instead of an expensive hotel or a restaurant. I have already written my posts on various places I visited while in Scotland, please go through the Scotland page from drop down menu. Walk, Cycle or Drive – You have lots of place to explore and discover. I am going back to Highlands and Skye next summer.

Elgol Lake Shore

Elgol Lake Shore

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PLAN IN ADVANCE, summer is popular, lots of people want to go there, and everyone is planning same things, you would not want to miss anything from your list.

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19 thoughts on “Budget Travel: Fort Williams & Isle of Skye

  1. I just started to get into camping for the first time in my life – rather late but for my daughter, anything! I smiled when I saw the coleman tent amid the beautiful backdrop. These are great pictures and some solid tips.

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    • Wow that is so great. It is never too late to start a new thing. Camping is fun and a different experience, I am sure you will love it.
      Oh yes, that was a wonderful sight, I can still see it with my eyes wide open 🙂 Day Dreaming 🙂
      DO let me know if you need any further help for planning your first camping trip.

      Cheers
      Aanchal

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  2. I can see why you daydream about this place: it’s incredible! I don’t think I’ve seen a campground like this anywhere. Once I camped on grass in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada, but usually I kick the rocks and pinecones out of the way for my tent. These sites look luxurious. 🙂

    All your insight into your own experiences is so helpful for someone who has never been there. I hope next year’s trip is just as good.

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    • Thank you Crystal. Your comments always gives me a positive push to go about and write more, share the experience with the people. I am glad that people can feel a personal touch in my blog.

      I hope next year too remains as great as this year 🙂

      Much Love ❤
      Aanchal

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  3. Isle of Skye truly sounds like a fairy land. I travelled in the Outer Hebrides this summer, but didn’t have time to visit Skye. But I loved Scotland so much that I know I’ll be back again very soon. And I’ll be using your travel advice for sure.

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    • Thank you so much for your visit on my blog. Really really appreciate it.
      Oh trust my words, it is one of the best places I have been to, romantic and mystic at the sametime. I did read your blog your trip to Hebrides and what amazing pictures you took out there, they were expressive. I guess everyone falls in love with Scotland and I wish to re-visit it again 🙂
      Please feel free to get in touch with me for any queries, always happy to help.

      xx
      Aanchal

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  4. Hi,
    Thank you for such a helpful post. May I know where exactly at foothills of Black Cuillins you guys wild camped? I’m planning to wild camp for a night there as well.

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Afif
      Thank you for connecting with me. We camped near glenbrittle, just find a spot and put up your tent You going to love every moment.

      Let me know if you need anymore information.

      Cheers
      Aanchal

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  5. Lovely photos! My husband and I will be touring Scotland on a motorcycle this July. Did you book the campsites in advance? Or is there enough space for tents?

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