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Scotland...Itinerary...lost!

Ok, so we have 6 busy day's in Scotland but only 3 day's allocated. I'm stuck on how to finish our trip. We start in Edinburgh (1.5 days), pick up a rental car and ride over to see Stirling, Doune Castle, and ride up through the Trossachs National Park on A84 to stay at Kenmore (finishing day 2) so we can go to the The Scottish Crannog Centre and Leault Working Sheepdog demonstration (day 3). The problem I am having is my heart wants to go to Eilean Donan Castle to ride over to Isle of Skye in a single day. But logistically traveling with a 3 year old and 2 senior citizens I fear I am asking too much of all of them (especially with a super busy itinerary so far). If you all had 3 day's left and needed to get to Glascow for a flight to London (day 6)- how would you finish Scotland? We arent set on Inverness bc Loch Ness seems like a drive-by/not a set up... and Fort William seems beautiful but also silly to go through it twice to get over to Eilean Donan and then back again. Anyone I've asked who's been says Isle of Skye is a must see- but is there anywhere else that offers those mouthwatering views without going so far North? It is for sure my husband and I's first of many trips but for my parents I want it to be resounding because it is likely to be their only trip. I want it to be magical (I know- no pressure). PLEASE HELP ME FINISH PLANNING... something inside me says- spend the last 3 day's slow and steady.

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You could also consider taking day 4 as a complete rest day and then doing Skye on day 5 and do nothing but go to Glascow on day 6.

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How about going to Oban and visiting islands from abase there? Staying in one place for a few days allows for people to opt in or out of activities as needed.

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I second the Oban option. From there you can do a package excursion that will get you to Iona to see the Abbey and Fingals Cave on Staffa. Tobermory on Mull has beautiful gardens, and you can get to Dunstaffnag on the mainland from Oban as well.

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Scotland, October - maybe build in a rain day to stay in one place and play in puddles. High Tea and Scones...

Western Scotland's climate is ideal for many Rhododendron species and has a number of Botanic Gardens which can be found on a map on the website.

http://discoverscottishgardens.org

Magical is three generations having fun together....

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Hi, talk_medical,

Where are you staying on the evening of day three? If memory serves me correctly, the sheepdog demos are in the late afternoon, meaning that you would need to stay somewhere fairly close by.

Also, what time is your flight from Glasgow to London on day six? You need to allow enough time to drop off your car and get to check in two hours ahead of flight time. It looks as though you only have two full days (four and five), and part of day six.

What time of year are you travelling? That would make a lot of difference in what you can accomplish each day.

You wouldn't necessarily have to go through Fort William twice if you're going to Eilean Donan castle and Skye. If you're going to be in the Aviemore area for the Leault sheepdog demo, then you could travel to Eilean Donan by way of Inverness and Invermoriston, then back out of Skye by way of the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. That way, you could visit Eilean Donan on day four, spend the rest of day four and all of day five on Skye (unless you have an early flight out of GLA on day six), and head back to Glasgow on day six. It's about six hours from Mallaig to Glasgow Airport.

If rushing around Skye seems too stressful, you could visit Eilean Donan, then take a side trip to the village of Plockton on Loch Carron, which would be an ideal spot for lunch. Plockton is in a beautiful setting, with the loch in front of you, and hills all around. You could visit the nearby Craig Highland Farm, which your three year old would love. The farm charges admission by donation.

Hope those suggestions help. I'm sure that others will chime in as well. Your time frame and actual number of free days would help us to assist you.

Best wishes for your travels!

Mike (Auchterless)

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Thank you Nick, I think its magical too :)

@Mike, We havent decided- I was wondering should we go back to Kenmore or should we stay in Inverness? Our flights in Glascow arent booked but I saw an 8:30 which sounded good to me. So, you are correct in thinking its 2 more full days and a little more than half day on day 3. Thank you so much for the Craig Highland Farm note- I was looking for that and found one near the Leault Farm but seemed a bit pricey. And how there was a note where someone knew we would be traveling in October was dead on. Its the first week of October that we will be there.

I was wondering about Oban but also- is Glencoe a must? Can anyone compare these options?

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Hi again, talk_medical,

As you're travelling in October, you'll have a little less daylight hours than you would have earlier in the year. At the beginning of October, sunset is at about 7:00 p.m.; by the middle of October, it's 6:30. So with the Leault Farms event being over at about 5:00 p.m., that doesn't give you a lot of daylight time to travel to your destination for the evening. You may want to consider Inverness, as it's a fairly short drive, and there will be a greater choice of accommodation and places to eat.

If you stay in Inverness, then you'd be within an easy drive of Eilean Donan and Skye/Plockton/Lochcarron. If you decide to visit the Craig Highland Farm, you may want to contact them first to find out what their hours are during the time that you'll be there.

Is your Glasgow to London flight at 8:30 a.m. or 8:30 p.m.? If it's a.m., you'd need to stay in one of the hotels by the airport at the end of day five. If it's p.m., then you'd have enough time to leave from Skye and get to the airport in plenty of time to turn in your car and check in. If you decide to go to Skye and travel on to Glasgow by way of the Armadale to Mallaig ferry, you should give yourselves enough time to travel by the Skye Bridge in case the ferry sailing is cancelled due to weather conditions.

Best wishes once again!

Mike (Auchterless)

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Yes! My apologies... 8pm (20:00) Has anyone visited Rothiemurchus for lunch or the farm for kid activities? Anyone stay at the Kenmore Hotel vs another place they like more? Even if its before we reach Kenmore? Looking for a lodge/BnB that is around an area with supper after we see Doune Castle/heading towards Kenmore.

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Hi once again, talk_medical,

You could try the Crieff Hydro. If you're travelling in October, you should be able to get off-season rates. It's a huge place, but it has something for everyone, and there are restaurants in the town. Check out the Hydro's website to see what you think.

Mike (Auchterless)