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Help with Scotland itinerary please

Would love some help finalizing our plans for our trip to Scotland this summer! We (Husband, two 'children' ages 17 and 20, and myself) will arrive in Edinburgh the morning of July 27. We will get a car as we depart Edinburgh. Here are our lodging locations with amount of nights at each one. We would love suggestions for "must sees" as well as restaurant recommendations. In particular, the time we are basing ourselves in Pitlochry (we plan to take multiple day trips during our stay there).
A little background on us: We love to travel, are adventurous and thoroughly enjoy getting to know the locals wherever we go. We plan to explore the castles, scenery, museums, my son and husband plan to golf a couple of times, food and spirits and "go where the locals go" :-)
July 27-29 Edinburgh
July 29-30 Cupar (exploring St Andrews)
July 30-Aug. 3 Pitlochry
Aug. 3-4 Loch Ness
Aug. 4-6 Portree
Aug. 6-8 Bishopton
Aug. 8 fly home out of Glascow

We are very excited and appreciate any input very much!

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Did a trip through the Highlands last year and spent a few nights on the Isle of Skye. Highly recommend the Edenbane Inn in Portree for dinner. Locally sourced and very tasty! Sadly, you won't be there on a Sunday night - if your plans change however, definitely make plans to have dinner on a Sunday and stay for the trad music session!!!

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Thank you so much for the recommendation. Oh, I wish I had known about Sunday nights on Skye! Perhaps we might adjust our schedule a bit to accompany it.

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Maybe shift a night to Glasgow. Loch Ness is a drive by and you could take that night and move it to Glasgow.

In Portree, be sure to reserve well in advance to eat at Scorrybreac. Perhaps your B&B will do it for you, although I did it by email. We also enjoyed Sea Breezes very much. Again, reserve well in advance.

From Pitlochry, consider some Whiskey tasting tours, and the pretty town of Grantown-on-Spey is nearby. There is a historic train as well, and the funicular trip up Cairngorm Mountain is lovely.