I know that in July, not much is off the beaten path. However, I'm attempting to make the most of a 14 day trip, while keeping with our goal to limit our stopovers. This is our first trip to Scotland, and hiking, beach, pubs, and a bit of neolithic sites are on our list. I'm not sure about this itinerary, so I thought I would ask the experts. Here is what I am thinking - the rub is that, other than Edinburgh, I do not have lodging figured out yet. I'm working it, but still in analysis paralysis.
There are a lot of things I don't know, but my main questions are:
1) Is this doable from a logistics perspective?
2) Are there any areas, particularly for you hikers and wilderness buffs, that I need to spend more/less time in?
3) Are my lodging dreams of quaint inns/guest houses at this late date unrealistic?
4) Are there specific recommendations for villages or inns that I should try?
5) Are pubs and local music in my future with this itinerary?
Day 1 - 3: Arrive in Edinburgh, lodging secured
Day 4-5: Travel to Isle of Mull, stay 2 nights
Day 6-8: Travel to Fort William/Cairngorm Area, stay 3 nights. This is for hiking and rewilding tours, if possible. I'd like to do Ben Nevis and Spean Bridge/Waterfall for sure. But also want to make it to some old growth forest/rewilding areas. I am not sure of the location yet, open to suggestions for a nice village with a good pub or two.
Day 9 - 13: Travel to Plockton or Lochalsh area, stay 5 nights. Use this as a jumping off point for Wester Ross, Glen Affric and Isle of Skye. I'm not sure we want to (or can at this late date) stay on Skye.
Day 14: Travel to Stirling, stay one night. See Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument
Day 15: Travel to Edinburgh Airport, 11:30 am departure.
What do you think? Be gentle, please. :)