Carter’s Rest is located in Milovaig, on the north-west coast of Skye.
Driving to Carter’s Rest
We suggest that you estimate an average speed of 40 miles per hour. Please don’t rely on Sat Navs or Google Maps for driving time accuracy. 40 miles per hour is a good rule of thumb throughout rural Scotland. Due to lack of street lighting on Skye we strongly recommend that you travel in daylight hours wherever possible if you’re not familiar with the roads.
Driving directly to us from Glasgow or Edinburgh can be very tiring and the difficult single-track portion of the journey comes at the end of a long drive – please be aware of this when setting off.
Once on Skye, we are literally 3 left turns from the bridge. When you reach the single track road from Dunvegan (The B884) you still have another 9.5 miles before you get here. This is the point where guests start to worry they’re never going to find us or that they must have taken a wrong turn. When you see the Three Chimneys on the left you are still 4.3 miles from us – so check your distance clock and NEVER leave the B884, if you stay on this road we promise you will find us! We would also recommend that you print this information and have it with you in the car.
For Sat Navs: If you are using Sat Nav systems please note that if you are travelling from the south they will invariably send you via the Ferry at Mallaig. The ferry has limited operating times; check beforehand if you wish to use this route. If you enter Kyle of Lochalsh for your destination you are sure to be taken to the Skye bridge.
It is better to use the GPS co-ordinates, as they are more accurate than the postcode.
GPS: -57.446 / -6.738
DRIVING TIMES TO CARTER’S REST
|From the Skye bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh||1 hour 20 minutes|
|Uig Ferry terminal||1 hour|
|Armadale Ferry terminal||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Glasgow||5 hours 30 minutes|
General driving advice
Please allow faster traffic behind you to overtake wherever possible. If traffic is building up behind you, or if a car is sitting on your tail, do pull over and let them pass. While many of us have time to travel at leisure there are lots of people who want to be somewhere quickly.
Stop at passing places or slow down on straight roads, whilst indicating left to allow cars to overtake.
Many roads have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour, even on the single-track roads. Locals will invariably sit on your bumper if they have to tail you for any distance at a slower speed. Accidents often happen when frustrated drivers take a risk to overtake a car in front that is driving slowly but won’t allow them to pass. So pull over – and then enjoy the scenery!
For all traffic updates on road closures delays etc., please see the following link http://trafficscotland.org/.
For many overseas guests, driving in Scotland can be a challenge. Apart from the fact that driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road is, for many, a new experience, there is also a much slower average speed than people generally estimate. We call it Carter’s Rest syndrome for unsuspecting guests who arrive in a slight daze. Usually after an anticipated three hour journey has inexplicably turned into six hours. Single track roads, camper vans, suicidal sheep etc…
For single track roads please make note of the following:
1. Beware of driving off the road to avoid reversing, as your car may get damaged, or you could get stuck in a soft verge or ditch. Your insurance may be invalidated if you drive your vehicle onto a verge and subsequently need assistance to tow it out as it may be classed as ‘off road’.
2. Always stay to the left hand side of the road. If the passing place is to the right hand side, wait on the LEFT and allow oncoming traffic to go into the passing place on the right. If you have never driven on single track roads before, please see this video on Youtube which is invaluable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RWwKgCVhuQ
3. If you find a herd of cows in the road keep moving, push through very slowly and they will get out of the way. Beeping your horn will have no effect on cows or sheep. For stubborn sheep lying in the road/feeding lambs/staring you out… just open the car door. It never fails to amuse us that sheep are oblivious to a ton projectile travelling at over 30 miles per hour towards them – yet are terrified of a two legged human opening the door. On this note please don’t ‘worry’ the sheep, especially at lambing time. They don’t like being petted and will put themselves in danger to avoid you getting close to them – unless of course you are in a car and need to pass!