I will go ahead and apologize before hand for the long post, but I have a ton of questions about Scotland! First off, we are planning on staying approx. 4 days in Scotland with out a car, which brings me to my first of many questions...
1. Would we be better off renting a car for 4 days or relying on public transport (trains, buses, ferries)?
The next thing to tackle is our itinerary. We would like to spend at least one day exploring Edinburgh, but we are torn as to how to best spend the other three days. Some interests among the group are whisky distilleries, castles, the highlands (glencoe & ben nevis), and potentially the Isle of Skye. I do have a couple rough itineraries that I will share and I am open to changes/suggestions!
2. What are some of your favorite distilleries you have gone on?
3. What are the "must see" castles to visit based on your experience?
4. What were some of the highlights of the highlands that we shouldn't miss?
Itinerary Option 1:
Day 1: Explore Edinburgh (Don't have much on the list to explore here except the castle, Dean Village, and great food/shopping)
Day 2: Take a train towards Inverness from Edinburgh and tour a distillery relatively close to the city, explore the Cairngorms (saw a few land rover expeditions), and stay overnight in Inverness or whatever is convenient to what tours we may go on.
Day 3: From here we were thinking of taking a 1-2 day tour of the highlands with Rabbies potentially?? or just take a train tour which would take us to Fort William (ride the Jacobite train)??
Itinerary Option 2:
Day 1: Explore Edinburgh and keep Edinburgh as base for the rest of the stay in Scotland
Day 2-4: Take day trips from Edinburgh with tours
I must note that my husband is not a huge day tour fan. He would prefer to live more like a local and explore the "real" Scotland aside from tourist traps. As most of you know, finding a compromise between the two may be a bit of a challenge with the amount of time we have, but we want to make the most of our trip. From Scotland we are taking a train to London and spending a few nights there as well, so we would like for our ending point in Scotland to be convenient to travel to London.
Would you all suggest to spend less time in London and potentially add more time towards exploring Scotland??
Thank you all SO much for taking time to read my post! Any suggestions/advice is welcome!!
A 20-something who has never traveled to Europe