This is our first trip to Scotland and we've been looking forward to it a lot. I must be rather too late in working through the planning of our Scotland Highlands trip. I have researched fairly well where we'd like to go but now that I'm down to specific dates and my hoped for itinerary, I am having trouble finding lodgings. In each location we need two rooms, for two couples.
Basic itinerary -
This is the first week of a two week trip to Scotland and Ireland, with another couple. We are locked on the start and end dates and cities, based on booked air flights. We arrive in Edinburgh on May 11 and depart from Glasgow (for Dublin) on May 18.
The itinerary I worked out is to start in Edinburgh (2 nights), travel to Inverness (1 night - mostly as a way point), on to Isle of Skye (1-2 nights), then to Glen Coe (2 nights) and on to Galway. We like to plan on some two night stays, rather than hop from place to place each day. Edinburgh and Glen Coe looked like the "must do" locations. But, as I started inquiries for lodging in Glen Coe I quickly ran into uniform lack of lodgings.
Our interests are to see the countryside, scenery, and local people, not cities, nor shopping, etc. I greatly prefer to plan our own trips rather than follow a scripted tour. We are fine with ad hoc traveling, but seeing the small villages in Scotland, it seems smart to book all our lodging in advance. We prefer B&B casual lodging, not hotels or such.
I can adjust the itinerary but I'm starting to feel lost with the lodging availability problem.
Can you give me any ideas for how to locate lodging or possibly how to adjust the itinerary to find locations with both the scenery we want to see and the lodgings we need?
Thanks for your help!