Hello!! (I'm new to posting on forums, but a long time Rick follower, so I hope this helps!!)
My husband and I are planning our 2 week honeymoon in July or Aug for Ireland-Scotland-England. Hopefully planning on a 5 day trip in Ireland, with a 3 day trip in Scotland, and the rest in England. I'm a big Harry Potter fan, but I don't want this to completely guide my sightseeing. I'd like to do Edinburgh (not Glasgow--trying to keep in only one major city), and a day or two in the Scottish Highlands, with day 3 incorporating some Scottish sightseeing with traveling down to the North of England (my family is here). Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Fort William, Isle of Skye, and the Glenfinnan viaduct are things that are sticking out in my mind. My husband loves steam locomotives and thought it'd be very cool to ride on the train. With time, I don't know if this is possible or worthwhile since we would get the best views while not on the train. I would just LOVE to see the jacobite steam train traveling down the viaduct. Seeing one of the lochs would be wonderful, but we don't need to see Loch Ness simply because that's where "Nessie" has been seen : ). We are into the sights, history, and culture of the land and don't need tourist traps. Isle of Skye seems out of reach with this itinerary, but unsure what is even possible. We are planning on renting a car and eventually dropping it off in York to take the train to London.
I've gotten so much advice already on the forum so I hope your words of wisdom will provide some guidance!