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Suggestions/advice on Scotland trip

We (4 adults and a1 yr old) are traveling to Scotland in September. This is a birthday trip for my husband and we will connect with some family members along the way. Here's what we have so far...

Edinburgh 2 nights...2 Airbnbs - rent car on leaving

1 night in St Andrews...tour golf course and dinner at St Andrews (?)-stay at b&b

Highlands Airbnb (3 nights) in Craigellachie by Whiskey Trail-this is where we will probably meet up with family members-a distillery tour? Other family may want to spend more time in distilleries than we do...

Maybe a sheep dog experience on way to next location?

We have 2 nights left and are wondering whether to stay in Glencoe or Loch Lomond. We have reservations at The Innkeeper's Lodge in Loch Lomond- is this a good location to end our trip? It's not that far from Edinburg and we need to book an airport hotel for an early flight - any suggestion welcome! the Glencoe area a better way to end our trip? Where to stay?

We are looking forward to experiencing the pubs, shopping, the Scotland experience.

Thank you for any suggestions and advice!

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When we were in Scotland a few years ago, St. Andrews golf course was closed to golf on Sundays, so there were walking tours of the course. We really enjoyed the experience, and I, for one would never play golf on such a treacherous course- those bunkers!

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P.S. I was referring to the Old Course at St. Andrews .

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Glencoe is very scenic, Loch Lomond less so, if that helps.

With only a week I’d split it between Edinburgh and Glencoe. I have no interest in Scotch or golf, however.

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About St Andrews: The walking tour of the Old Course is fabulous if you're a serious fan of professional golf. It is not actually a walking tour of the course. Instead, you mostly stand around in a few places on the 1st/18th hole listening to anecdotes about one pro golfer after another and what they did to make a certain shot in a certain tournament. You may also get a photo op on the iconic Swilcan Bridge. The tour ends in the gift shop (which sells top-notch merchandise) where you get a logo-stamped golf ball and (I think) a discount coupon.

The British Golf Museum is great whether you care much about pro golf or not. It has wonderful exhibits on the history of golf, including Victorian/Edwardian women players. It has a lovely cafe upstairs with huge picture windows overlooking the 1st/18th hole.

The "Himalayas" (ladies' putting green) is fun and probably the best bargain in Scotland -- and that's saying something, as Downton Abbey's Mrs. Hughes would put it. You don't have to wear regulation golf shoes. Sneakers, boots, etc. are OK as long as they have flat heels.

The town itself is very nice for walking around. If you have time you can also drive out along the coastal route toward Anstruther. It's very scenic.