Hi everyone.(sorry for the type in the title) ....I have been trying to get my high level itinerary put together, but my list of what I want to do and see just gets longer and longer, but my vacation days keeps staying the same. I thought I should finally post so I can get a reality check.
An overview of my whole trip:
Fly into Dublin (using airmiles saved over 2K dollars) then to North Wales for a Family Reunion that will be on August 2nd.
Flying out of Dublin on the 15th - so decided to leave Scotland on the 13th in the morning to have a day in Dublin and one full sightseeing day in countryside of Ireland. (the tickets have not been purchased from Scotland to Dublin yet)
If we stick to the idea that I posted above then we basically have from August 3rd - August 12
Our focus will be Scenary, Military Tatoo, castles, hiking (1 to 3 hours), any wildlife, maybe one distillery. 2 of the 4 of us will be climbing Ben Nevis. (will come back with questions on how to split up if need be)
We do not need fancy hotels or even big towns/cities.
Not into a lot of museums (at least not lengthy).
As you read through all my thoughts, try not to laugh too much, as I know I have listed too much for us to fit in...but I wanted to list the places/things i have researched so far and basically looking for assistance in how to organize/direction (Glasgow and clockwise loop or Edinburgh first and counter clockwise or anything else) to drive/what cities to sleep in/ skip certain things if they are too much the same and I am short on time. Our plan is to enjoy the scenary not just drive past. We will be the type to stop take pictures, do some hiking, etc.
We would start our trip on August 3rd to depart for Scotland:
Snowdonia NP in Wales (maybe 1 night)
Drive through Lake District (stay night or how far can we make it ??)
Glasgow (just a stop in....do not need to spend a lot of time there)
Loch Lommond/Trossachs area
Oban (thinking already that I needs to skip)
Ben Nevis Hike (2 out of the 4 people)
---(I know we want two full days to explore and hike - so arrive early one morning and stay two nights or arrive late and stay 3 nights)
- see Eilann Donan Castle on way out
- also noticed recommendations to go in via the ferry and out the bridge (is that for Views/experience etc)
Torridon (maybe need to skip)
Lochness (maybe need to skip)
Kincraig to see http://www.leaultworkingsheepdogs.co.uk/ has to be at 4:00pm - got this off of reviews form RS tours - it was the highlight of a lot of people's trip.
Edinburgh (Thinking arrive at night on the 10th, full day on the 11th and military Tatoo at night on 11th, and then free day on the 12th - or should we just arrive on the 11th in the morning)
Depart on the 13th. (this could be from Edinburgh or Glasgow based on easy flghts to Dublin; I to find flights from Inverness or somewhere else to dublin so to not backtrack, but htere weren't any that I could find)
(other places I had on the list but figure I need to take them off due to time:ferry to Mull and Iona, Dunnotter Castle, St. Andrews, Falkland)
Hope this wasn't too much and looking forward to your replies!! I am sure I will ask details as we progress.