My husband and I are in Scotland for 5 nights/6 days. The first two nights are confirmed in Edinburgh and the last night in Glasgow where we fly home. We are looking to book the last two nights which will be 10/7 and 10/8. I have reviewed this forum and decided to stay around Pitlochry, Perth or Stirling. Originally, I was looking to go to Inverness but concluded that it was too much for this trip and we will just have to return to see the highlands. We pick up a car leaving Edinburgh and are stopping at St. Andrews. From here we are looking for suggestions.
We didn't have time to get to Pitlochry or Perth on our trip last month, but did (barely) go thru Stirling. We've have stayed longer if we'd had more time. If you're in the Stirling area, however, stop at Doune Castle (a bit to the northwest of Stirling) for an interesting and enjoyable 2-hour visit.
We made Doune, but with more time we'd also have liked to have visited the Falkirk Wheel, an engineering marvel that transfers boats from a lower canal to another canal higher up.
If you want a smaller town, then a place like Pitlochry is a good idea. Look to see if anything is playing in the Festival Theatre during your stay. That may help you make a decision. There is a distillery in town and the Explorer's Garden.
Or I am going to give another push for Dunkeld. It's a nice drive from St. Andrews. Think about visiting Glamis Castle on the way. You can take some lovely walks in the area or take some scenic drives. Blair Castle is just up the road. from both Dunkeld and Pitlochry. My favorite part about Dunkeld is the Taybank for traditional music.
Another small town would be Aberfeldy. Glen Lyon is a wonderful glen. I also enjoyed driving the road over the mountain to Loch Tummel and then back. Also, the Crannog Centre was fun to explore. I enjoyed the Birk's of Aberfeldy walk as well.
Don't get me wrong, I love Stirling, but if you are looking for something different from Edinburgh and a wee bit of the Highlands, go to Perthshire. I wouldn't do Perth. Again, it's a bigger place.
But in truth, you'll have a good time no matter what, so don't over think it all. :)
Thank you so much for your input. I will check out Dunkeld. Would it make sense to stop by Stirling when we drive to Glasgow for our final night? How far is Dunkeld from St. Andrew's?