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8 days in scotland

hi, i am travelling to scotland for 8 nights.
3 nights edinburgh
3 night broadford (isle of skye)
2 nights Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire
drive to inverness to take a flight back

i do have have a few questions.
this is my first time in this region

we are a family of four. my girls are 10 and 13.
we plan doing edinburgh with local transport.

then rent a car and self drive to isle of skye. which route should i take so that i can see a few attractions on the way.
also from broadford, please suggest the must do things.
after 3 nights in isle of skye we drive to inverness shire. need to know the route for that drive also and the must do in that region.

then we drive to inverness and take a flight.

i do know , that the first drive (edinburgh to isle of skye)will be a long one, but we are ok with it and plan to take a few stop where ever suggested.

warm regards,

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Hello. Compared to some itineraries this one sounds reasonable at stage one. The only thing I can be really picky about is Skye is in historic Inverness-shire!

The day from Edinburgh to Skye is going to be a slog, though, if you have never driven on the left before. As for the route I would say up via Stirling, Callander, across Ranoch Moor to Fort William.

At Fort William you would face the choice of ferry, Mallaig, or bridge, via Kyle of Lochalsh. Check the route times on viaMichelin or the AA.

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thx for the feedback. im from india, so we too drive on the left side, so that will not be a problem. any fun activities for the girls on the entire drive route once we leave edinburgh to invernness shire?

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would take the car to isle of skye and not the ferry, so that internally can have the car to go around the entire isle of skye

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On the route I've suggested are Linlithgow Palace, Stirling Castle (both Historic Scotland) and Bannockburn (National Trust for Scotland), and the road out to Mallaig passes the Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in Harry Potter. You could go up the A9 via the Crannog on Loch Tay or the Museum of Highland Life at Aviemore.

Glenfinnan is something, like Glencoe and other places in the Great Glen that could be visited when you are staying at Fort Augustus.

The problem is all of these might eat into your time as it is four hours plus to get from Edinburgh to Skye.

For the ferry, the Mallaig one takes you across to Ardvasser which is a short drive up to Broadford. In terms of road distance from Edinburgh going via the Mallaig - Ardvasser ferry is shorter.