Revising plan for our early September two week trip and have some questions. Won't be going to Highland Games this time. Basic route will start in Edinburgh, go south to Borders, over to Mull, then over to Highlands, over to Fife, then back home.
Fly into Edinburgh- 3 nights
Borders abbeys, see Jim Clark museum in Duns (brother-in-law request)- stay Melrose 2 nights
Go to Mull- Tobermory, Mull, Iona- stay Tobermory 3 nights
Go to Grantown-on-Spey- Cawdor, Culloden, whiskey- stay Grantown 3 nights
Visit St. Andrews and fishing villages- stay 2 nights in area somewhere
Return to airport and fly out of Edinburgh
That's a total of 13 nights with all stays either 2 or 3 nights. Could add additional night or two. Don't have any hotels yet.
We want to see history, castles and gardens, fishing villages, highlands and golf and whiskey.
Castles we'd like to see include Edinburgh, Stirling and Cawdor, and we might visit Culzean too if we can fit it in on way from Melrose. We could stay overnight in Ayr, for example, for 1 night and resume journey to Mull next day. Or, should we skip Culzean for this trip? And, when would we visit Stirling? Easiest day seems to be when we leave Melrose and head to Mull- we go right past it. That would make a long day, my guess is you need a couple of hours minimum to visit, and then it's a question of how far we could drive heading to Tobermory for 3 nights. We could see the castle and drive all the way to Tobermory- sometimes you just have a long travel day. Or, an alternative would be see Stirling and then go part-way to Tobermory, perhaps stopping in Oban or Inverary even. If we do spend a night in Oban, say, then should we spend just 2 nights in Tobermory? On Mull, we want to see Iona and Tobermory and just see some of the scenery as we won't be going to Skye this trip. If 3 nights on Mull is best for this, then maybe we have to add an extra night which is possible.
When we leave Tobermory, we could just drive the 4+ hours through Ft. William and Aviemore and get to Grantown directly, or should we go to Torridon for one night? We'd get to see Eilean Donan which looks so beautiful. The next day's drive to Grantown is a couple of hours, so that is good. It is a long drive to Torridon from Tobermory, at least 5 hours. We were hoping to stay 3 nights in Grantown, so each night we spend elsewhere is 1 night less for it. But, maybe it's worth it to visit Torridon for 1 night?
When we go to Fife villages, any recommendation for where to stay 2 nights? We just want to relax and explore. Definitely want to see St. Andrews as most of us golf- otherwise, just walk about and enjoy. On day we leave, we'll drop off rental car at airport, and if we haven't seen Stirling Castle yet, we could do that on morning of departure, but that sounds hectic.
Thanks for any feedback you might have! Can't wait to go