My husband and I will be visiting Scotland for the first time with a 16 day trip in August and I am having a hard time thinking about anything else! The first half of our trip consists of a day and night in Glasgow, followed by 2 nights in Oban (with a day trip to Mull), 2 nights on Skye (with a stop at Glencoe on the drive from Oban to Skye) and 3 nights in the Ben Nevis area (to visit friends, learn to fly fish, see highland games, etc). The second half of our trip is the part I want to ask about right now. Day 9 we will drive from Ben Nevis to Inverness with stops along the Caledonian Canal to see Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle (and any other recommendations) and then the rest of that day see Inverness. We will have 2 nights in Inverness, with Day 10 to see Culloden, Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns and any other recommended sites. Day 11 we will leave Inverness, drive to Pitlochry, check into a B&B and do some hill walking and whisky tasting. Day 12 we will drive from Pitlochry to either Stirling OR St Andrews, spend the night there and see that area. Day 13 we will spend the day driving to and seeing either Stirling OR St Andrews (whichever place we did not stay the night before) and then drive to Edinburgh that night. Days 14, 15 and 16 we will spend in Edinburgh, before flying out early on the morning of Day 17. Hope this wasn't too confusing.
My questions are: 1) How does that sound? 2) Would it be better to stay overnight in Stirling or St Andrews? Which would be better as just a day trip on the way to Edinburgh? I think we would like to see both places, but is it worth giving up a night in Edinburgh to have a one night stay in both of the other places? We are NOT golfers, but ARE history buffs and like universities as well as military history. If we give up the first night in Edinburgh, we will still have 3 more nights in EDI, but it will cut into our 3 days in EDI (Day 14). I would also like to see Dunkeld (because of you, Pam), Glamis Castle, Scone and Blackness if time allows :)