Thanks to your input I think I finally have our itinerary mapped out but I have a few questions about a couple of our overnight stops and what I should see along the way. Here is what I have so far:
August 29 - arrive in Glasgow and overnight in the city
August 30 - take bus back to the airport and pick up car. Drive to Oban for lunch and sightseeing then continue on to Inverness for 2 nights.
September 1 - head to Ullapool and catch the 10:30 ferry to Lewis/Harris. Spend 3 nights (possibly at Glach Gorm?)
September 4 - take 11:40 ferry to Skye and spend 3 nights (possibly at Tide B&B)
September 7 - take 12:15 ferry from Skye to Mallaig. Drive to Fort William for 2 nights.
September 9 - Drive to Edinburgh airport and return car. Take bus into city and spend 3 nights.
September 12 - fly home
Here are my questions/concerns:
- I've seen a number of posts from people who have said Inverness is dull (?) and they wouldn't stay there. If not Inverness then where should we make our base for those 2 nights and what should we see while there?
-Everyone suggested 3 night in Lewis/Harris and 3 nights in Skye - is this too much it or will we be happy we did?
-Should we stay in Fort William for 2 nights or pick another spot close by? We want to spend those 2 days exploring the Glencoe area (suggestions are welcome). Many people have said they didn't really enjoy Fort William but it seemed like the most logical spot.
-Where should we stop on our drive from Fort William to Edinburgh? I think Stirling Castle is a must, maybe the Kelpies, but not sure what else.
Thank you all for you help. Once I get this nailed down I would like to book accommodations as I hear it's a busy time and the options are limited in certain spots.