I alongwith my wife and my son ( 4 year old) are planning to visit Scotland . We have booked our train tickets from London to Edinburgh ( 11th June) and return trip ( 15th June).
The main purpose of the trip would be to view the natural beauty and visit some parts of highlands.
11th June Edinburgh arrival ( around noon) and check in to the airbnb. Currently booked at Pearce Avenue, EH12 8 SW. Where can we visit the city in the afternoon or evening after a long journey from London. Can we visit Pentland Hills?
12th June Take an organised tour to highland and return in the evening. It is a 12 hours trip. Somehow, the operator https://www.scottishtours.co.uk/tourpage.asp?id=758 is allowing my 4 year old to board the coach
13 th June : hire a car and go for a scenic driving route for 2-3 hours ( short route) and return back to Edinburgh. Not sure where to go? May be loch lomond area
14th June: Visit Edinburgh city ( castle, royal mile ) etc
15th June: Back to london
I am thinking if the main purpose is to be in the highland, should we skip our arduous tour on 12th June and rent a car up to the western highland. I'm thinking of may be staying overnight. What are the options. How about staying in Aviemore? Unfortunately, funicular railway is closed at that time.
Another different option is to go to Glasgow instead of Edinburgh and make day trips from there as it appears closer to the highlands.