To get to Isle of Skye via public transport I took a City Link bus from Edinburgh to Iverness to Portree. Top for other traveler’s: buy the Explorer Pass to save a bunch of money on this and other trips. You get 3 days of unlimited travel out of 5. And it’s worth it for the long rides.
On the bus I met a fellow Saint Louis native and Truman alumni! Cat Mann is her name and she just graduated. She spent her last semester in Austria. She was traveling with an Australian named Rachel and we spent the 4 hour ride just chatting and swapping travel stories. It was great. I love meeting people and hearing their stories.
Meanwhile the bus ride was very pretty. They got off at Iverness though and I continued to Portree. The second half of the bus ride was even more beautiful. Gorgeous mountains. Beautiful lochs. Fast flowing rivers and streams. Cloudy and rainy. A thousand shades of green. Moody and dramatic.
Overall Scotland reminds me vaguely of New Zealand but colder with more rain.
In stayed at Portree Independent Hostel which was awesome. Very clean. Great facilities. Incredibly friendly and nice people. Both the older guy and girl were EXTREMELY helpful in planning my travels. I highly recommend it. Hot showers, warm rooms, and more.