As many of the other posts in the forum asking for itinerary suggests, we have potentially scheduled too much. We are not big city people - we love the country side, hiking and are road-trippers here in the US. We don't love major tourist traps - don't think we'll be doing much but driving by/viewing Loch Ness. My husband is would also like to do a Scottish Whiskey tasting while we're there as well. It will just be my husband and I. Specific details are up in the air, but here's what we're currently thinking about for our trip. Drive times I list don't include stops, so I know it will be much longer but it was a start to see what could work. Any thoughts of feasibility and suggestions for must-do-stops along the way would be appreciated.
Day 1: Arrive Glasgow ~6:00pm - get rental car, eat? - Stay near Stirling
Day 2: Stirling Castle AM, drive to Edinburgh (~1.5hrs), hike Arthur's seat PM, local pub/wander - Stay in Edinburgh
Day 3: Edinburgh Castle AM, St Giles Cathedral - noon concert, lunch leave for Inverness (~3-4hrs) - various stops (Edradour-Ptilochry; Culloden) - Stay somewhere by Inverness
Day 4: Drive to Skye via bridge (~3hrs); Eileen Donan castle, ??? Try to do some hike on Skye - Stay on Skye
Day 5: Explore Skye, drive to Ft William (~3hrs) (Ferry Armadale-Mallaig - prebook), Glenfinnan: train viaduct, Wallace memorial - Stay Ft Wiliam
Day 6: Hike Ben Nevis (weather permitting) - Stay Ft William??
Day 7: Drive to Balloch (~3hrs) via Glencoe, Oban, Trossachs Ntl Park - Stay Balloch
Day 8: Loch Lomond Highland games - Stay Balloch
Day 9: Rtn to Glasgow, flight AM