I've been reading through the forum and getting ideas and thoughts on my trip this summer for my wife and me. We are flying out to Scotland on the 17th of June, and flying back to the USA on the 10th of July. That leaves about 21 days in country.
Here's a basic itinerary that I have come up with, and I'm looking for feedback on the amount of time to spend in the various places, etc.
A couple of things about this trip and our priorities... I am an amateur photographer so much of what I do on vacations involves a camera! I especially want to see the neolithic sites of Calanais and the Ring of Brodgar (among other sites out there), so Orkney and Lewis/Harris are must-see destinations. I also intend to see some architecture in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We are keen to do walking in the hills and along the ocean, and we do intend to get out to see Iona on a day trip (but most of the other destinations will probably be a little less tourist-focused and not do any guided tours, other than a distillery or two.)
This is a long trip, and I've tried to keep the "moving around" to a minimum, but it still ends up having us jumping from place to place a bit to cover the territory.
A few questions...
I could shift my nights a little to increase it in one area and decrease in another, so I'm wondering if I have a good distribution for the Oban/Glencoe/Skye segment?
Similarly, for the Lewis/Harris and Orkney segment?
Since I'm into photography, I'd like to be able to go to a distillery that will allow interior photos on a tour. I understand most do not. Can anyone recommend a distillery that should make for nice (non-touristy) images?
Here is the itinerary that I have worked up so far:
June 17: Leave USA
June 18-19: Edinburgh (sleep in Edinburgh, 2 nights)
June 20-21: Train to Glasgow (sleep in Glasgow, 2 nights)
June 22-24: Car to Oban (sleep in Oban area, 3 nights)
June 25-26: Glencoe (sleep in Glencoe, 2 nights)
June 27-29: Skye (sleep in Skye, 3 nights)
June 30-July 3: Lewis/Harris (Sleep in Lewis/Harris, 4 nights)
July 4: Mainland (North); head to Orkney (sleep in Mainland, 1 night)
July 5-7: Orkney (sleep in Orkney, 3 nights)
July 8: Ferry to mainland (sleep in Inverness area, 1 night)
July 9: Perth/Sterling (sleep in Perth, 1 night)
July 10: EDI for flight
Any comments and advice is appreciated.