Dear wonderful Rick Steves Forum Wizards,
I have been reading the forums, looking at travel guides, questioning my own friends, etc., for months. So, I am not at absolute Square One with my questions for you all. Critical Details: family of 4 (mom, dad, 17 y.o. daughter, 15 y.o. son). We are athletic and into nature. We have chosen to stay in fewer places rather than 7 different hotels, b&b's or inns. We want to actually "relax" on the trip as opposed to scheduling every minute of each day.
We are traveling to Scotland for a 7 night trip this April. Loose outline of location for each night and the sights follows, my questions are at the end.
Day 1: arrive 5 pm, sleep Edinburgh, visit the National Museum of Scotland the next day, then get rental car & make our way to next stop
Days 2, 3 & 4: Sleep 3 nights at HOME BASE tbd from which we will do day trip travel. We want to possibly see during this time: Clava Cairns, Culloden Battlefield, Urquart Castle, Loch Ness maybe Eilean Donan Castle.
Days 5 & 6: Excellent-seeming inn booked on the Isle of Skye. We will see what there is to see on the Isle those days. Recommendations for must-see places welcomed! (We want to visit some whiskey places at some point in the week.)
Day 7: We will depart the Isle of Skye, and maybe visit Fort William, but for sure: Stirling Castle. We want to know where/what inn, b&b or hotel to choose.
Day 8: fly out of Edinburgh at 5 pm. Plan to see Edinburgh Castle this day, before leaving.
Does anyone have a recommendation of a village and/or hotel for our "home base" of three nights? We are by no means 5 Star travelers, but we want borderline luxury, clean, private baths, etc.
Does anyone have recommendations for the village/place and/or the hotel or b&b where we should stay on the night Day 7?
Do you have things to add or subtract that you think we should definitely see?
Lucy from Nebraska, serendipitously living in Germany