I am planning a two week trip to Scotland in June next year with an 11 year old. Idea is to strike a balance between covering things and pacing oneself. I don't want us to be rushing around. We like a mix of urban settings and countryside/scenic areas. We will be using public transportation -- the Spirit of Scotland pass (8 travel days in 15 days) seems ideal. We are flying in and out of Edinburgh. After my initial research I have come up with the following itinerary (first draft):
-- Oban/Mull/Iona. 3 nights. Not sure how to structure this but it seems Oban would be the most convenient base with a day trip covering Mull/Iona/Staffa. Perhaps the other full day we can do a trip covering some of the other islands? Any ideas?
-- Portree, Skye. 4 nights. People highly recommend renting a car here but it seems there is a company Go Skye that offers reasonably priced tours AND shuttle services to various spots on the island. Would love to hear any experiences with exploring Skye using some such service/public transport.
-- Inverness. 3 nights. The SOS pass can be used one of those days for a roundtrip to Thruso. Don't know if that trip can be combined with any activity there.
-- Edinburgh. 4 nights.
I am open to removing/adding days, or changing bases, based on feedback here. There's five solid days of using the SOS pass here. Will have to figure out how to use the other three. We love doing long walks/moderate hikes through scenic landscapes. The Glencoe region seemed a good one for it, but at first glance, it doesn't seem like there's the necessary combination of a convenient base/public transportation to do such an exploration. Anyway, any insights/advice will be highly appreciated.
Thanks much in advance!