Looking for feedback on this trip for next May. It's all to places we've never been in previous trips (except main island of Shetland). Any significant things missing (besides spelling) or bad choices of stops would be valued. We like an evening beer and trad music if available, so we always stay in the town centers to allow walking. Formal castles, Art Museums, and active Cathedrals just aren't interesting to us. Don't really anticipate much music. Puffins are favorites.
-Fly from Pacific NW to Aberdeen via British Airways and rent a car and drive to Stonehaven for the
-Tour Dunnattor Castle, Fowlheugh Wildlife Reserve, St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral, then to
Anstruther for the night.
-Take a boat trip to Isle of May, poke around Anstruther, then to Culross or 2nd night in Anstruther, depending on final dates and boat times.
-Visit Crarae Gardens, then ferry to Islay for night (long day)
-Visit Finlaggen, do a Whisky Walk
-Visit Loch Grunnart Reserve, Ballinby stone, Machir Beach, Museum of Island Life
-Ferry back to mainland, and drive to Fort Augustus via Invergarry Castle (long day)
-Drive along Loch Ness to Falls of Foyers, then to Attendale Gardens, then Shieldag.
-Falls of Measach, Rhue Lighthouse, to Ullapool
-Knockab Crag Nature Reserve, Wee Mad Road, Allt Chranaidh Falls, Smoo Cave to Durness
-Puffin Cove, Dunnet Head, John o’Groats signpost, Duncansby Stacks, Sinclair Castle to Wick.
-Whalagoe Steps, Cairn Leath, Fairy Glen Falls to Nairn.
-Elgin Cathedral & Garden, Craigman Bridge, Bow Fiddle Rock, Troup Head Reserve, Pitslago Castle to
-Bullers of Buchan, Slains Castle, my one square foot Lordship, then to ABZ and fly to Shetlands to Lerwick via Sumburgh Lighthouse.
-Isle of Noss boat tour, Fort Charlotte, Shetland Museum, City Hall (or maybe drive to Noss NR)
-Visit wife’s ancestral home on Bressay, then two ferries to Unst via Muness Castle.
-Hermaness Reserve, Unst Boat Museum, Skinbladder, Keen of Hamar
-Two ferries back to main island, drive to Sumburgh and fly to Aberdeen.
-Seaton Park, King’s College, Saint Machar’s Cemetery by foot/bus
-Fly home via Aberdeen