Our tour finishes on a Wednesday in Edinburgh and we start a walking tour in the Lake District on the Saturday. What should we do for those 3 days given that we have already seen some of Scotland on the tour. This is our first time in Scotland and the far northe of England. Should we do day trips from Edinburgh and then take the train to Windermere on the Saturday. Should we pick up a hire car on the Wednesday and slowly drive to Windermere? or something else?
I would take the train over to Glasgow and spend some time there. Maybe a day or two in Inverness from Edinburgh by bus.
Is it an organized walking tour where you will meet up with a guide? If so I would want to be in place on Friday night for a Saturday meet up.
Monte is right. RIck's tour misses Glasgow so that would be a great place to spend some time. The tour also misses the Borders. So you could stay in Edinburgh some day trips to the Abbey's and Peebles etc.
You could consider renting a car and spend some time in the Borders. It's a great area. I based myself in Melrose one year and went to Jedburgh, Kelso (Floor's Castle), Abbotsford etc. I had driven up from just south of Carlisle. I saw Hermitage Castle and the Debatable lands on the way north. Also, you could tour Hadrian's Wall.
Alternatively, you could go back north to some place like Dunkeld and do some walks in the hills and listen to traditional music at night at the Taybank.
Glasgow, that is where you need to visit. Glasgow.
Any trains to the south can then be caught from Glasgow Central.
And Glasgow has some marvellous museums. The City Hall (probably not the right term) is grand, too. We once had a tour of it and I had never seen so much marble, nor have I since. Check out also CharlesRennie MacIntosh tea room and the art school.
Norma, don't worry about calling it City Hall, it would be understood what you meant, though the name is City Chambers. It looms rather impressively over George Square. My favourite museum is the Kelvingrove, followed by the Burrell.