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advice for 5 days in Scotland

This will be my first trip to Scotland. We will be staying in Edinburgh but plan on a few day trips outside. I am looking into tours. Does anyone think the Rabbi's tours or the Discover Scotland tours are better? I want time to look around at things and take pictures.
Can we get to Stirling castle easy enough on public transportation?
I am interested in historic sites. Any input on MUST SEE things?

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I can't comment on tours but Stirling castle is easy enough to get to.Trains run from Waverley train station to Stirling every 30 minutes or so and take around an hour. less than a while from the station to the castle in Striling so should take less than 20 minutes walking

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Both Rabbies and Discover Scotland are good. I did day tours with both out of Edinburgh and Glasgow. I did one to Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond, and another to Hadrian's wall, Rosslyn Chapel and Melrose Abbey.

I did two Rabbie's day trips and liked them. A friend did a multiday rabbie's trip to Isle of Skye and liked it. For only 5 days - you may want to base yourself in Edinburgh. Visit Edinburgh and do 2 day trips out with a tour group like Rabbie's. Check out the Rabbie's site and see what interests you. There's quite a bit in Edinburgh.

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Chiming in a bit late here, but Rosslyn Chapel may be of interest. Apart from the "Da Vinci Code" fame, it was a must-see destination for poets & artists going back to the Victorian era. You can do it by bus from Edinburgh without need for a guide. Once there, they have guided tours of the interior a few times a day (included in the entry fee). The visitor centre has interactive exhibits, a nice café, and good gift shop. If you make whole day of it, you'll have time to walk around the village. Otherwise you can easily get back to Edinburgh by midafternoon.

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Thanks for the advice. I ended up booking a Rabbie's tour to the highlands. We will take a bus to Stirling and then still deciding if we have time for another day/half day trip or just devote the rest of our time to Edinburgh.

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Question: What are you interested in? This actually counts on what are the Must Sees? I have family for whom the must see in Scotland is SeeWoo, the Chinese supermarket in Glasgow.

They like Chinese food and there is nothing anywhere where they live like it.

The restaurant is great by the way.

So must see is difficult. Scotland has more than 50% of in situ Police Boxes in the UK. Or as they are known, Tardises. Scotland has a great history, and also a great present. We also have pandas.