I need some advice/travel help!
Some background - I'll be studying abroad in London this summer, and we'll be spending five days in Edinburgh. Then we have a five day break on our own - I was planning on visiting the Outer Hebrides, looking forward to having a peaceful break amidst an intense course. However, I'm now seeing that the break falls right when the HebCelt festival starts! I had initially been planning on staying in a hostel, mainly using public transport but possibly renting a car just for a day or two, depending on nice weather to go beach hopping on Harris. Right now though the hostels are all full and it seems I would have to pre-book a rental car if I wanted to get an automatic (never driven a standard!)
I have found the bus timetables and have read every thread on this forum about public transport, so it does seem doable. Does anyone have any recommendations on places to stay near a bus stop? Or is there a bus map to look at so I can compare the location of B&Bs to a bus stop?
Or would it maybe be better to skip Lewis on this trip and perhaps stay in Skye? I absolutely have fallen in love with what I imagine Harris and Lewis to be, and really do want to visit, if only I was coming a week before or after!