We are a moderately active early 60's couple. In July we plan to visit family in London for several days, then travel in Scotland for 10 days, then my wife (who still works, I'm retired) will fly home. Then I will join a 10 day tour of the Outer Hebrides and the Orkneys. Since I have longer, I'm sure to have a great time, I want to make sure my wife, with her shorter stay, also gets a flavor of modern Scotland and the beauty of the islands. We like activity, but not rushing, talking to people, enjoying architecture, art, nature,music, pubs, walking, a little bit of history, and don't want to rent a car. She is a vegan, but still a "foodie", and isn't into whiskey. Any comments on our itinerary hugely appreciated!
24-Jul London, fly from London to Glasgow, immediately get train to Oban
25-Jul Oban Long day tour of Iona, Mull, Staffa (I have family from Mull)
7/26 Oban Morning in Oban, Train to Glasgow In Oban, Eat seafood (me), looking at the lovely town. Mostly, we see Oban as a gateway to the islands, and, due to time, don't plan to linger more than 1/2 day here.
7/27 Glasgow Kelvingrove, a Mackintosh walking tour, ALL the lovely buildings by unknown architects, Willow tea rooms, taking buses around the city
7/28 Glasgow See above activities
7/29 Glasgow , then Train to Edinburgh
7/30 Edinburgh Edinburgh Castle, Museum of Scotland, National Gallery, Parliament, Royal Mile, Water of Leith Walkway.
31-Jul Edinburgh see above activities
1-Aug Edinburgh see above activities
2-Aug Edinburgh Wife flies home, then I start my tour.