I am planning a trip to Scotland and Ireland next June with my sister. We will be arriving in Edinburgh midmorning June 10 and leaving early morning of June 13. From there we will take the train + bus to Glencoe, arriving about noon. We plan to leave Glencoe early morning June 16. I'm mostly concerned about the feasibility of public transportation.
- Inexpensive accommodations — we're hoping to stay somewhere that's $75/night or less. I found several places in Kinlochleven and Ballachulish. However, we definitely plan to spend part of the day in Glencoe and hiking near Glencoe. For such a short stay, will it be a waste of time to be staying in Kinlochleven or Ballachulish and having to travel back and forth?
- Additional itinerary items — once again concerned about public transportation access. We would love to do a Hadrian's Wall day trip from Edinburgh, but since we really only have two and a half days in the city, maybe too much to fit in? Maybe a better use of time to see the Antonine Wall on the way to Glencoe? I've also heard the West Highland Way train route is gorgeous. Is it worth it to take the train to Glenfinnan (instead of getting off at Fort William to take the bus to Glencoe), just to spend a couple hours there and then head to Glencoe for the night? Again, not wanting to be rushed with only two and half days for Glencoe, but there's so much to see.
Any advice or experience with transportation would be appreciated. Thanks!