Please see link for proposed route. Overnight/base recommendations appreciated. Trying to drive no more than 3-4 hrs a day. Hubby is driving and he told me he likes to have some flexibility and not be tied to a specific itinerary but doesn’t want to get stuck without accommodation (we normally wing it). He also wants to see a lot but still have down time. Priorities are mix of castles/history and scenery. Prefer picturesque villages (Killin, plockton, tongue) to busy centers (ft Williams/Inverness) unless it is a major difference in convenience/drive time. Only absolute must is Orkney due to local culture and awesome prehistory. Think it will be most unique part of trip.
This was previously a motorbike trip but is now possibly a Caterham or convertible trip. We are packing very light.
Tentative: day 1: arrive Edinburgh morning 9am. Nap. See some sites and walk around
Day 2: Falkirk wheel (possible engineering tour) Stirling Castle/Kilchurn Castle o/n killin
Day 3: glencoe (ski lift over) Kintail, Torridon/applecross loop w/Bealach na ba. Lite hiking. O/n plockton?
Day 4: travel to harris via skye early as possible. Day in harris. Golden rd, luskentyre etc beaches o/n island
Day 5: day in Lewis. Standing stones, Carloway Broch, Iron Age house Ferry to ullapool o/n ulapool
Day 6: ullapool to Assynt/Kylesku area via inverpolly and stoer head. O/n assynt or Kylesku.
Day 7: assynt/Kylesku to scrabster via smoo caves, balnakeil beach, tongue. O/n tongue or near ferry.
OR detour to duncansby head and whaligoe steps and leave for Orkney from gills bay.
Day 8-10: orkney -mainland 2 days then hoy and/or rousay 1 day. Or 1 day each. See as many ancient sites
as possible by day and, hopefully listen to some music at night.
Day 10: Fly back to edinburg from Kirkwall or see duncansby and whaligoe steps then fly from wick.
Day 11: fly home. OR extra day-where to put it?
Day 12: fly home.
*I hate to nix aberdeenshire but it just seems too out of the way. Draw: castles and less crowded and scenic roads. See last note.
* possible detours to tantallon/dirleton, Killin, loch morar
*fly back from Kirkwall or wick to Edinburgh to eliminate some drive time
*possible addition of 11th day, to either be spent in Edinburgh area, on skye or harris/Lewis, or northwest.
*The alternative someone else proposed to keep aberdeenshire had me nixing kilchurn, stirling and falkirk wheel but I think the drive time would be too much even then.