Hello. We are planning a trip to Scotland for about 11-12 days the very first part of October. It will be myself and my husband along with our four-year-old. We are planning to do around six-seven days in Edinburgh. We have a kid so I have found the playgrounds! ha! We aren't rushing this segment of the trip. Planning on some day trips from there like Stirling, North Berwick, maybe a Hadrian's Wall jaunt. We won't push too much so we can give our kid plenty of time to run around. Then we are planning to travel to Aberdeenshire for three days maybe? There are some castles and ruins that I really want to see. Probably stopping in St. Andrews on the way up? I'm pretty loosey-goosey about this and not too worried about it. Unless there's something I need to aware of? Anyways, we are trying to use up an insane amount of Marriott hotel points so Edinburgh and Aberdeen will be perfect for this. I just need to find one more short little section of the trip to explore. Maybe Pitlochry? This part of the trip we will have to find something obviously not under the Marriott umbrella, which is fine. I'm just not sure where to go. (I thought maybe we would tack Inverness on the trip, but I have a feeling we will be back to Scotland in the near future when my daughter is couple of years older. Then we can really do Inverness, Skye, and more on the west coast properly.) So, the extra location: We would feel comfortable taking a train or driving to this location. Any ideas for an extra area to explore?I feel like we will have tons of fun around coastal areas, so inland might be the way to go. Is Queen's View suitable for a four-year-old? She has experience hiking, but she is four!
I'm so familiar with England and have been there numerous times; I can plan a trip there no problem. But Scotland really threw me for a loop! But we are so excited. If you see any issues with our rough itinerary, I am grateful for any suggestions. We are flying in and out of Edinburgh.