I'm new to this site and forum but I hear it's awesome :)
My husband and I are planning our first trip to Scotland this year (August 28 to September 12) and I would really like some help mapping out an itinerary that will highlight some of the really beautiful spots (I know all of Scotland is beautiful) and allow an easy pace given this will be our first time driving on the left hand side of the road.
After much research I think we want to stick to the North West side and include Isle of Skye, Lewis and Harris with 2 or 3 days in Edinburgh at either the beginning or end of the trip. I understand that the Fringe festival is coming to a close at the end of August so I'm not sure if we should avoid that and save Edinburgh till the end and start our trip in Glasgow. I would like to see some castles, wildlife, coastal towns, and rugged mountains. A distillery would be nice as well. Below is a rough idea but I would really like some input as I'm not sure where I should be stopping and what needs to be seen.
August 29 - fly from Toronto to Glasgow (or fly to EDI a day earlier and start there?)
August 30 - spend one night in Glasgow (avoiding the end of Fringe in EDI)
August 31 - pick up car and drive north to first stop for 2 nights (not sure where to stop)
September 2 to 4 - make our way to Isle of Skye, spend 2 nights and take a day tour of the area
September 4 to 7 - take ferry from Skye to Lewis and spend 3 nights sightseeing around Lewis & Harris
September 7 to 8 - take ferry to Ullapool then pick a place to stay for one or two nights while we explore Fort William, Loch Ness,Ben Nevis and Glencoe (any suggestions are welcome)
September 8 - not sure where to head next
September 9 - drop off car and stay in EDI until departure early on September 12
Any input is greatly appreciated!