I'm planning a trip to Scotland for 2019 (early!) with kids who'll be 7 and 10 by then. What prompted the trip was an opportunity for a timeshare exchange in Ballater in Cairngorms National Park. The Edinburgh festivals start 2 days before the timeshare week starts and the kids start school the week after, so those parts of the trip are a bit inflexible.
I'm a bit apprehensive about going in late July/August - I know it'll be busy! I hope it'll be worth it to experience the festivals and the Military Tattoo?
I'm thinking we'll fly into Inverness and out of Aberdeen to avoid backtracking.
Here's my preliminary itinerary. I'm not sure if it's too much to include Mull. I really want to go to Staffa. I thought about switching Mull for Skye, but looking at pictures, the dramatic scenery of Skye speaks to me in a way that Mull doesn't. The alternative I'm considering is skipping Mull, 2 nights Inverness (Loch Ness boat tour and to recover more from jet lag the second day) and 5 nights Edinburgh.
Day 1: Arrive Inverness (1 night)
Day 2: Drive to Isle of Skye (3 nights)
Day 3-4: Skye
Day 5: Drive to Isle of Mull (2 nights) via ferries Armadale-Mallaig, Lochaline-Fishnish
Day 6: Boat trip to Staffa
Day 7: Ferry Craignure-Oban, drive to Edinburgh (4 nights)
Day 8: Edinburgh
Day 9-10: Edinburgh festivals, Military Tattoo
Day 11: Drive to Ballater (7 nights)
Day 12-17: slow down, Ballater Highland Games, Cairngorms National Park, day trip to Stonehaven
Day 18: Fly home from Aberdeen
Thanks in advance!