Scotch Perspectives 2004, Duntulm Castle Hotel, Isle of Skye

This just in from Adrian Wilkins:

Dear Spirits

As the May weekend approaches it is probably time to pass on the information about how to get to our hotel. Various options are available but public transport is not good (Philip please note). It is a long way, possibly the most remote part of the British Isles without getting your feet wet, so do not underestimate the length of time it will take to drive there.

I look forward to meeting you all in time for dinner which will be at 8pm.

Regrettably our scrivener Alan Wilkes (retired) and Judith have deemed it more important to see blood-family this year rather than participate in our own extended family celebrations, so we shall be looking for a replacement notary to “not take records of the meeting.”

Adrian “Auld Git” Wilkins


Route 1. From Glasgow (and further South).

  1. Take the A82 past Loch Lomond, to Crianlarich
  2. (or use the M73/A80/M80/M9 to Stirling and follow route 2)
  3. Continue on the A82 to Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Glen Coe, Fort William, Spean Bridge, to Invergarry
  4. Then turn onto the A87 down Glen Shiel past Eillan Donan Castle and Dornie (previous SSP haunt) to Kyle of Lochalsh and the new bridge to Skye (toll £5.70 each way at 2003 prices).
  5. Once in Skye, continue on the A87 through Broadford, Sligachan, Portree, to Uig. At Uig turn off onto the narrow A855 for the last 11 km to Duntulm. The Castle Hotel is on the left, overlooking the bay.
  6. If you have time to spare there is a very pretty alternative: turn off the A87 at Shiel Bridge to Glen Elg and take the old mini-ferry (toll £6) to Kylerhea and then via Glen Arroch to Broadford. The last crossing is at 5pm. The ferry does not run on Sunday until the summer, so the outbound journey is the only chance to experience this delight.

Route 2. From Stirling.

  1. Take the A84 to Callander and Lochearnhead, then the A85 to Crianlarich and join route 1 above.

Route 3. From Dundee.

  1. The A90 to Perth and then the A9 northwards past Pitlochry and Blair Atholl until the left turn onto the A889 at the Dalwhinnie distillery (pause maybe for spiritualisation). Then follow the A86 west to Spean Bridge where you join route 1.


  1. Train to Glasgow or Fort William (and on a good day to Kyle of Lochalsh).
  2. The Uig bus leaves the Buchanan Bus Station in Glasgow on Friday 30th April at 10.00, arriving at Kyle at 15.58 and Uig at 17.40. After that you should telephone one of the other guests at the hotel (01470 552 213) for a lift. And book a massage if you have been on the bus from Glasgow.
  3. The return bus leaves Uig at 14.45 on Sunday afternoon, arriving Glasgow 21.55.

By Private Plane.

  1. There is an airstrip at Broadford at 6° 15\\\\\\\' 0\\\\\\\" W, 57° 20\\\\\\\' 0\\\\\\\" N, elevation 24ft, then the bus to Uig as above. The runway is only 2602 feet long so no Boeing 747s please. However a number of small operators run a “scheduled service” in high season, whatever that means.

By Sea Plane.

  1. Land (if that is what sea planes do) in Tulm Bay at Duntulm 57°40\\\\\\\'45.5\\\\\\\"N, 6°20\\\\\\\'57.4\\\\\\\"W. Swim to shore. Bring grappling hooks to scale the cliff, not to mention the box of Milk Tray for the bird in room 7. No rubber suits allowed in the lounge bar.

By Teleportation

  1. The hotel does not have a molecular reassembly transporter station. This is Skye, not The Enterprise.