Hello, we are planning a 14 day trip to Scotland this July, (I know it's quite a busy time to travel but it is the only time we can go). I would really appreciate any input or suggested sites to visit. There are 2 of us, my husband and myself, travelling from Canada. We will be renting a car after our initial few days in Edinburgh (we have driven lots in the UK). I have read many posts on the forums and find them very helpful. I have all of the accommodations booked already so the number of days we spend at each place is pretty much set at this point. The fun is filling in the details! We like walking, exploring, beautiful scenery, good food, and learning about the history of where we are travelling. We did want to see a couple of castles, at least 1-2 whisky distilleries and love to wonder around little villages and do some scenic hikes (weather permitting). Here is what I have so far:
July 10- Arrive Edinburgh: staying in Airbnb in New Town. (I do have a separate Edinburgh itinerary)
July 11- Edinburgh: Royal Mile walking tour 10am only thing booked.
July 12 - Edinburgh
July 13- Edinburgh to Alyth (rental car): Fife fishing village for lunch (Anstruther? Crail?), drive through St Andrew's, visit Glamis Castle (booked). Our stop for the night is only 15 min from Glamis, a well rated guest house (chose the accommodations not particularly the town with this one).
July 14- Alyth to Aviemore: with stop on the way to hike/picnic in Cairngorms National Park (ideas for 1-3 hour hike?
July 15- Aviemore to Skye: on the way see Plockton (Hamish Macbeth fans!), Eilean Donan Castle, take bridge over to Skye and stay Portree (hotel booked for 3 nights). dinner booked at Cuillin Hills Hotel
July 16 - Skye: early hike Fairy Pools, 11am tasting tour Talisker booked, Hike Neist Point trail, time for Dunvegan Castle? Dinner booked at Rosedale Hotel
July 17 - Skye: See Kilt Rock on way to Quiriang loop hike/picnic, then Visit Fairy Glen, dinner booked at Antlers Bar & Grill
July 18- SKye to Glencoe: booked 11:25am CalMac ferry Armadale to Mallaig, picnic Camusdarach beach or the silver sands at Morar beach (good idea?), try to fit in a walk under Glenfinnan viaduct and on to our hotel in Glencoe.
July 19- Glencoe: still have planning to do re: hike/picnic today. Looking for a 3-4 hour hike weather permitting
July 20- Glencoe to North Berwick: Meeting some family from England for 2 nights who have ties to North Berwick. On the way would love one scenic lunch spot in Loch Lomond, not too out of the way & where we can get out and walk around a bit. There may be time to see Stirling Castle on the way? (would like to be in North Berwick for dinner).
July 21- North Berwick
July 22- North Berwick to Airport hotel where we will stay to fly out in the morning.
Hope that wasn't too long! Thanks so much in advance for any suggestions. Liz.