I'd love some advice on a UK family trip we are planning for two weeks in June 2022.
We will fly into London and take a train up to York. We'll stay there and tour the city of York and surrounding area, including Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors (as day trips from York) for six days, then head up to Scotland and do the RS six-day Highlands Loop.
Here's what that looks like.
Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban/ with possible stops in Stirling/Inveraray en route.
Day 2: Day trip over to Mull and Iona from Oban
Day 3: Drive to Glencoe, stopping in Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and the head over to Mallaig to take the ferry to Skye and sleep for two nights in Portree.
Day 4: Skye Sights
Day 5: Leave Skye, stop at Eilean Donan Castle, drive along Loch Ness, stay in Inverness
Day 6: Tour Culloden if we didn't have a chance to do it the day before, then head back to Edinburgh to sleep for flight home the next morning. Possibly swing over to Balmoral on way back, though it will add time...
Here are my questions/concerns. We aren't blitz travelers. We generally like to stay in a place a bit longer and this seems like an awful lot of driving/moving around. If there were a stop or so to cut out, what would be suggested and where would you stay longer? I hear Oban isn't very scenic and do we really need to do Mull and Iona if we're staying at Skye? Should we cut out Oban and stay those extra two nights in Skye?
Any/all thoughts welcome!! We are just at the very beginning planning stages and have only been to London/Cotswolds/Edinburgh on our previous UK trip, so this will be entirely different!