Hello everyone, thanks for all of your advice in previous posts. We are planning a trip to Scotland next September and have planned much of it so far but I am deliberating about the last week. Here are the plans so far, what I could use advice about is whether to include Inverness this time or plan a second trip to Inverness, Orkney, North Coast in the future.
Plans so far:
10 days in Wales (some time in Cardiff, a 5-day tour, and then two days at the Abergavenny Food festival)
2 days in Wigtown/Dumfries, Galloway: for genealogical fun, castle visit (via train and bus)
Train to Glasgow: spend 2 days seeing museums and tea at Macintosh at Willow
Rabbies Tour to Mull: 3 days; hopefully talk Rabbies into leaving us in Inverary
Bus+Ferry to Islay, (where we will rent a car) for 4 days of R&R, sightseeing, and distilleries
Ferry back to either Kennacraig or Oban...then?
This is where I am deliberating between (either via train and/or bus):
1. continuing North, perhaps to Fort William and the train to Mallaig and back (neither of us are Harry Potter fans but it sounds like such a wonderful trip). Then onto Inverness, then Edinburgh.
2. Oban and/or Fort Wiliam to Edinburgh and 3 days in Edinburgh.
Lately we've been thinking that, by the time we return from Islay, we'll have been on the road for almost four weeks and even with a nice 4-day stretch on Islay, we might be ready to go straight to Edinburgh (with a possible stop at Stirling). And, then we have an excuse to come back for a second time to see more!
We are not under a time constraint, other than our cat who will be awaiting our return.
Advice? Many of the posts about Inverness start with "It's a good starting point for tours" not about what a wonderful place it is. We know we want to have time in Edinburgh but wondering if we should keep going to Inverness for "sights not to be missed" before continuing on to Edinburgh?
Thanks and happy trails to all!