We are in the early stages of planning a trip to Scotland in 2017. We haven't booked flights yet but will have about a week. We definitely want to go to Edinburgh (is two full days enough?) but not sure where to go next. After Edinburgh we'd prefer to stay in one place at a self-catering cottage/apt (or B&B if we can't find one) and do daytrips from there rather than spend each night in a different location. I've seen several week-long itineraries include Isle of Skye, but is this really worth the time it takes to get there when we only have a week? If it's a must do, we'll go, but if there are other places that would still give us a similar Scotland experience but not require a full day's drive from Edinburgh, we'd prefer that I think. I notice that Rick suggests Glasgow and Glencoe, but we have little interest in Glasgow. Would Glencoe give us a nice "feel" for Scotland? Is it a good base for exploring? We're keen to do the usual tourist stuff I suppose- see a couple castles, do some walks, spend some time in villages and pubs. We're in good shape but my wife recently had knee surgery so we need to stick to easy/moderate walks this time around. No Ben Nevis I'm afraid. Any suggestions to help me fill in this itinerary?
Day 1: Train/flight from London to Edinburgh
Day 2: Edinburgh
Day 3: Edinburgh
Day 4: leave Edinburgh, visit Stirling Castle en route to ???
Day 5: ???
Day 6: ???
Day 7: Return to London via train or flight from Edinburgh or Glasgow
We could potentially add one more day, depending on flight schedules. Just wanted to be conservative to start. Thanks in advance for your help.