Hi, I will be going to Scotland this summer with 4 other family members, including a 4 year old, for 7 days total. Because it is the little one’s first long haul trip and we want it to feel like a vacation, means no tight itenerary to rush through, we want to pick just 2 cities as our bases and do day trips from there. We know we want to stay someplace on the Western side first so that we get to relax with scenery and let our little one hopefully see some of the wildlife (loves animals especially sea creatures) and stretch our legs. We hoped 2 nights,3 days would be spent there. We do not want to rent a car so can anyone suggest where it is best to take day trips (no more than 2 hours each way max) from by means of public transportation (train, ferry, short ride bus)?? IS Oban or Fort William better situated and with more transportation options? We are on a budget but hope we can find an airbnb or b&b.
The second part of the trip another 2 nights and 3 days we are spending in Edinburgh and day trips wherever we can find them. Any day trip suggestions? Our son loves animals, fossils (any fossil hunting from here or western side?), we love history, museums and archaeology.
And the last day in Glasgow as we will spend the night there and leave very early in the morning for the airport.
Additional question - Is a day trip to Loch Ness with a little one possible from Edinburgh?