Thinking about Scotland with our college student and newly graduated high school student (next summer). We would have 10-12 days.
Thinking these cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Loch Lomond (day trip from Glasgow?), Loch Ness/Iverness, Islay, maybe for whiskey, and Melrose (abbey).
I'm assuming we can go carless for Glasgow and Edinburgh. One city better than another for a base? What is a needed amount of time for each? If we stay in Edinburgh, 3 nights, I would choose to day trip to Glasgow or vice versa. We want to see the sites, but are generally happier in the country and away from cities.
From Edinburgh, day trip to Melrose Abbey? Is this doable?
Then rent a car and do 3 nights in Loch Lomond and 2 nights in Loch Ness, hiking, downtime, lakes, etc....
Where to fit in Islay? Swap it out for either Loch Lomond or Loch Ness? Worth spending time there or just get whiskey somewhere else in Scotland esp. since the teens are not old enough to drink and won't.
Should we spend any time in Aberdeenshire on the Castle Trail?