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Kyle of Lochalsh to Assynt choices in Scotland

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Like another recent poster, I have read lots and lots on areas that I am interested in and am still undecided about my itinerary. The question for now is how much ground to cover in the area between Kyle of Lochalsh and Assynt. Should we try to see most of this area over the (roughly) 5 days and nights we have for it or would the scenery be repetitive? It all sounds gorgeous & I would hate to miss any of it.

I am still looking at B&Bs (or possibly inns) in all these areas. Budget is up to $150 total. Most important is the locale: nearish an interesting village, and with good views of countryside, mountains, or lochs. We prefer casual and down to earth places. Don't care about fancy amenities.

My husband and I are renting a car, are most interested in gorgeous scenery. We like remote areas and ruins like Ardvrech & Eilean Donan. Up to half day hikes from time to time. I am definitely not the kind to just sit in one place and kick back (as nice as that sounds in theory). We like driving and are fine with small, difficult roads. We do like to stop & hike a bit, take a lot of pictures, or picnic if weather permits. Prefer small, quaint towns but nice to have a pub to go to within walking or short driving distance.

Possible itinerary for this area:
Day 1 drive to Plockton or Lochcarron areas from Glen Coe/Glen Lyon area
Day 2 To Applecross (via Pass) & on to Torridon by coast road (68 mi 3.5 hr)
Hopefully take the small road towards Lower Diabaig side trip
Day 3 Toward Ullapool via Shieldaig (~88 mi, 3 hrs)
Day 4 Drive to Assynt area (23-37 miles): stay somewhere in area & explore small loop road to Stoer & back to Inchnadamph/Ardvrech area
Day 5 Drive back to Kyle of L via the faster, more direct roads
We are then heading to Skye for 3 nights

I have pondered cutting this shorter somehow & taking the car ferry from Ullapool to Lewis and then heading south to get over to Skye. If we caught a morning ferry would it work to just spend one night on Lewis Harris & go over to Skye? We are Southern Californians and after scenery, not sandy beaches per se.

Day 5 Drive to Ullapool, catch ferry, see Callanish Stones & blackstone houses etc, head towards/into Harris
Day 6 See south of Harris & take ferry to Skye

Thanks in advance for any help.

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