Hello U.K. travelers,
We have a number of questions and are open to suggestions. My wife and I will be travelling to Scotland and England in late July, early August for the first time. We will be spending 18 days total. Our first 3 nights will be in the Ard-Na-Said B&B in Edinburgh. We are flying in and out of Heathrow as a round trip flight was much less expensive than 2 one ways from different cities; tickets are booked. I have not yet booked the flight from Heathrow to Edinburgh. How much time should I leave for arrival, picking up bag (we plan on taking a backpack each and checking one suitcase), getting through customs, and getting to the terminal for our connecting flight? What is the best way to get from the airport to the B&B?
We plan on a day trip to Glasgow in addition to exploring Edinburgh, the Castle and Royal Mile.
Next we will spend a week in the Highlands, staying in Craigendarroch at the Hilton. We are members of RCI and were finally able to book a stay here as well as where we will stay in England next week. Plans are to see Balmoral Castle, St. Andrews, Skye, and maybe catch the Highland Games in Dornoch. Should we rent a car in Edinburgh for the drive north or take the train to Aberdeen and rent a car there? I know we will want a car to explore the Highlands.
For our last week we will be staying in Golf Apartments Richmond Park near Thetford, England. Should we just keep the rental car or take the train and rent another car once we are there? Do we need to hire the car in advance? It's a fairly long trip so were thinking about stopping in York for one night, maybe catching the Minter Evensong. We have not booked anything there yet.
Once in Thetford we plan on a day trip to Cambridge and at least one day trip into London (would like to ride the London Eye for one thing), and maybe an overnight in Paris. Obviously we haven't booked anything there. Are we doing too much or are we too late? From Thetford we will travel to Heathrow for the trip home (Texas). Should we drive to the airport or take a bus or the train?
Any advice or suggestions concerning any of the itinerary will be appreciated!