I am struggling greatly with an itinerary for my first visit to Scotland, which is limited by schedule constraints. I would truly appreciate your thoughts, expertise, and opinions on the proposed rough itinerary (which can be reversed):
My husband and I will arrive in Edinburgh on 5/19 and hopefully be in the room and ready to explore by 3:00pm. Only want to do a couple of the main things in Edinburgh like the castle, the Royal Mile, maybe Arthurs Chair and maybe a ghost tour in the evening.
Day 2: Maybe a few hours in Edinburgh and then drive up towards Cairngorms National Park and the Culloden Battlefield. Stop on the way to see a sheepdog exhibition at Kincraig. Overnight somewhere in the triangle of Aviemore, Inverness and Ft. Augustus.
Day 3: Explore around Loch Ness, perhaps Urghart Castle, on the way to Isle of Skyle. See Eilean Donan Castle. Stay the night on Skye.
Day 4: Continue exploring Skye. Drive toward Ft. William area see Glenfinnan Viaduct where Harry Potter train comes through, and stay the night somewhere in that area.
Day 5: Drive around Trossachs, see Glencoe, Doune Castle, and maybe Stirling Castle. Need to end up in Glasgow, where we will take the Caledonian Sleeper train to London.
Most important sites for us are: Sheepdog exhibition ( I believe these are at 4:00pm most days), Glen Coe, Glenfinnan, and Skye. Also really want to be able to see some Highland cows (coos?)
Is this sensible to do with about 4 1/2 full days outside of Edinburgh and allowing for reasonable driving time and actually experiencing the destinations for a bit? I could add another day, perhaps, but it could be very problematic to do so.
Thanks so much for looking this over and taking the time to offer comments and suggestions. I am open to all suggestions regarding routes, places to stay, etc... I am overwhelmed by trying to plan this, as I travel independently, but mostly to city areas where it is much easier to plan itineraries and public transport place to place. This is my first itinerary of this type.