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6 Nights in Scotland

My wife and I will be flying into Glasgow in March on a Monday morning and will be departing from Glasgow on the following Sunday. I am looking for itinerary suggestions. We definitely want to spend time in both Glasgow and Edinburgh, but are undecided on how to fill the rest of our days.
We have traveled to Europe together four times previously. During these trips, we've found that we enjoy our time in the countryside and in small communities (via rental car) most. Does anyone have suggestions for possible non-Glasgow/Edinburgh towns to visit?
Thank you!

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Hello,

I am planning our trip to Scotland for May 2020. I have been following some vlogs by a young couple named Daneger and Stacey. They are spending a decent amount of time in Fife and Perthshire. I would definitely check out their videos on YouTube if you get the chance.

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We visited Culross via a Rabbie’s tour from Edinburgh. We visited Falkland on our own on the way to Pitlochry. Both were picturesque villages and fun to wander. Falkland has a palace tied to a lot of Stuart history and it was one of my favorite stops. We had a lot of it to ourselves and it was a lovely place to wander.

St. Andrews gets mentioned a lot but we didn’t go so I can’t speak to it. There’s also Stirling with its castle, but again, we missed it, so I can’t give any advice.

If you’re interested in castles, the Rabbie’s Outlander tour that we took gave us the opportunity to see a lot in a day. It was very efficient and fun and we enjoyed ourselves.

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With only 6 nights you will have to set priorities for the countryside; it would be easy to spend the entire time in the two cities (or Glasgow - Stirling - Edinburgh) with just public transportation. The Secret Scotland website gives some suggested driving itineraries for as short a time as 3 days.

https://www.secret-scotland.com/findtour

If you really want to rent a car, my personal suggestion is as follows.
Mon: Glasgow
Tue: get rental car at Glasgow airport, drive to Luss and take a cruise on Loch Lomond, continue to Inveraray.
Wed-Thu: Inveraray & Loch Fyne region (plenty to see & do; I can recommend Brambles for lodging)
Fri: turn in your car at Edinburgh airport, perhaps stopping at Stirling Castle if you get an early start
Sat-Sun: Edinburgh, take bus to Glasgow airport for your flight

Others will probably recommend Isle of Skye, or Oban, or the Cairngorms, but with so little time I think you'll get a much more enjoyable taste of the highlands with the above. Just my opinion, of course.