My family of 4 will be visiting Scotland for a week in July. We have a 10 and 13 year old. Edinburgh will be our home base for the trip. We are looking for suggestions on how to see the Highlands (if a reasonable day trip is possible). We already are planning day trips to St. Andrews, Stirling Castle and hopefully see a Highland Games festival. We do not want to rent a car, but would be happy to pay a driver or take a train. A full day (12-hour) bus tour will be too long for our children. Is Pitlochry worth the visit? Loch Lochmund? Any suggestions on private guides we could hire?
Rabbies offers one-day van tours from Edinburgh, as well as longer ones. I haven't used them, but their reputation is good in this forum and elsewhere.
Here's a website about visiting the Highlands that might help - https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/highlands/
Depending on where you go, a day trip can be quite a long one. It would probably entail at least 2.5 hours each way just to get somewhere. Personally, I think to visit the highlands you'd need to spend the night.
Stirling Castle is very good and there's a lot of buildings to explore. They also have a decent cafe for a meal or snack.
Please try to leave some time to explore in Edinburgh, there's enough there to see for a week in my opinion. Good luck and enjoy Scotland, it is beautiful!
Thank you for the responses.