We will be in Scotland for 8 days starting April 26-May 5. Our main source of travel will be by train, have opted for the Spirit of Scotland pass, because we are Americans and I don't think attempting to drive would go well. Plan to use buses and taxis from train stations to our day trips/destinations so that does limit us some. We don't like to have everything planned out, as we would love some suggestions from locals, but also don't want to miss out on the best sites/views/eats because we didn't book ahead. Very open to suggestions as this is our first trip to Scotland.
4/26 arrive in Glascow, was less expensive to fly into, take train to Edinburgh. Staying at B&B, hoping to visit some local pubs. We love live music and meeting locals. Considering Sandy Bell's. Suggestions? and if it's better to use buses or taxis in Edinburgh
4/27 Spend day in Edinburgh, Castle and Museum. Would love suggestions for dinner/evening activity. Stay in B&B again
4/28 Travel to St. Andrews by train, spend the day at the Old Course, other courses. Eat at the restaurant there. Not sure how long this might take as I am a picture-taking fool and love to look around. Have not booked a room in St Andrews yet. Would love a suggestion of where to stay either in St Andrews or nearby. Would love to eat somewhere close to the water for dinner.
4/29 Travel to Aberdeen via train. Booked an AirBNB that has agreed to let us drop off our luggage early. Plan to head to Castles at this point. We know Fraser Castle for sure but wanting to do at least 1-2 more if possible. Have looked at some tours but we kind of like to move at our own pace, however if we can get more of a "behind the scenes" look we will do the tours.
4/30 travel by train to Inverness, early. Would like to go to Urquhart Castle. Our tour to Isle of Skye takes us by Loch Ness the next day by land but considering a cruise but don't know if it is better to take a morning tour or afternoon, the warmer the better. Stay in Inverness at B&B
5/1 Travel to Isle of Skye, day tour there and stay in Kyle of Lochalsh area, haven't booked anywhere yet
5/2 Train to Fort William, open to lodging and food ideas. Will not arrive until closer to lunch time.
5/3 Ben Nevis, plan to take the gondola up and go to the restaurant, take lots of pictures. Open to suggestions as to what to see there. Here is where we have an open option of where to go. Either stay near Ben Nevis/Fort Willam or take the train to Oban? or stay elsewhere
5/4 Travel by train back to Glascow and spend the evening. Suggestions for food and lodging appreciated. Would love to relax this evening.
5/5 fly out of Glascow
This is a great Forum and I've learned so much already. Thanks for any suggestions