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Early Planning for our trip

Planning our trip has started early. I think because we planned our trip to Germany and it changed like 6 times before we booked everything. SO! We are going to do the same and I want to lay out our plans here and let everyone pick it apart a little and give me some feedback.

People going:
My wife
My 5-year-old. ( she will be 5 when we go )
POSSIBLY My sister in-law

We live in Pittsburgh are looking into taking WOW Air to Edinburgh. (Mainly because the price is triple for every other airline). But that is still up in the air.

Edinburgh 5 days With 3 day Train pass
Day 1: Fly into Edinburgh and explore (as per Rick Jet lag hates fresh air and sun.. OOO boy is that true.)
Day 2: Edinburgh
Day 3: Pick up train and explore Glasgow and Falkirk
Day 4: Pick up train and explore Sterling and another city
Day 5: Pick up train and explore St Andrews and another city
Day 6: Pick up a car and sightsee from Edinburgh to Inverness. (Stopping in places like Perth, Pitlochry, and Cairngorms National Park)
Day 7: Inverness
Day 8: Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh (Sightseeing along the way. Staying in Locklash because the price of staying on Sky is out of this world and don't want to add more drive time.)
Day 9: Kyle of Lochalsh (Day trip and drive up the Isle of Skye and see as much as we can in one day)
Day 10: Kyle of Lochalsh to Glencoe (Sightsee along the way stopping as little or as much as we want)
Day 11: Glencoe (Driving down to Oban to do the Isle of Mull, Iona, and Staffa.)
Day 12: Glencoe to Edinburgh drop the car and fly out later in the afternoon.

This trip is evolving and will be right up to the day of the trip I'm sure. But this seems like it might work just want to toss it out there any ideas or questions.. fire away. lol

Thanks Much

Posted by
2139 posts

seems like the only full day in Edinburgh is your arrival day - unless you've been before that's not enough time in Edinburgh

Posted by
40 posts

You are correct.. That is a typo to be honest. We will be spending a extra day in Edinburgh. My wife informed me that i was missing that also.. Lol i berter make the correction later..

Posted by
2139 posts

Glasgow needs a full day

Skye needs a stay of 2/3 nights

Mull needs a stay of 2/3 nights - they are not just drive-by destinations.

Posted by
1345 posts

From Oban you are talking about three to four hours each way to Iona, alone. If you want to see Iona and Mull, you will need realisticaly to stay on one of the islands.

Falkirk can easily be dropped in favour of Stirling or Glasgow. I would drop St Andrews given the time.

Posted by
2949 posts

I'm puzzled as to why you're going west to Glasgow and then east to St. Andrews. Taking train Edinburgh-Glasgow-Stirling back to Edinburgh makes sense, but for St. Andrews and the rest of your trip the rental car would be the most convenient.

For lodging near Kyle of Lochalsh, I can recommend the Dornie Hotel. It is walking distance to Eilean Donan Castle, clean and affordable, no frills. The pub/restaurant is also very good.

Days 11 and 12 are completely unrealistic, IMO. Have you looked at the Oban ferry schedules and figured out how early in the morning you'd need to leave Glencoe to do that whole circuit? And what time of night you'd return to Glencoe? Most frightening is Day 12, starting from Glencoe to drive to Edinburgh to catch a transatlantic flight. No way would I want that much stress, knowing you have no control over whether there might be a detour on the road, or you might have car trouble.