My husband and I will be traveling through Scotland by car at the end of May/beginning of June. Our hotels/b&b's are already booked. I've looked up distances/travel times but am unsure how accurate they really are. My husband loves history, and we both love nature and gardening. Also, any suggestions on restaurants would be appreciated. (We were on a bus tour in 2015 (not Rick Steves). While we were glad to get a "feel" for Scotland, we have vowed to never do that again. We want to be on our own schedule.)
Day 1 -(Stirling) arrive in Glasgow, take the train from airport to Stirling, get there around 3 pm, go to b&b, relax and stroll about
Day 2 - (Stirling) back walk to Stirling Castle, bus to Wallace Monument, pick up car and practice driving ;)
Day 3 - (Oban) drive to Doune Castle and then head on to Oban (2 1/2 hour trip?), hit Oban Distillery and eat
Day 4 - (Oban) open to suggestions! tour Mull and Iona? Dunollie Castle?
Day 5 - (Glencoe) get up early and drive to Glencoe (1 hour?), hopefully weather will allow hiking, if not, a day of rest
Day 6 - (Skye) drive to Mallaig ferry (already booked) and should arrive around lunchtime, tour Armadale/Clan Donald and eat at cafe, continue to Sligachan hotel, rest of day??
Day 7 - (Skye) We have 2 full days on Skye. We would like to hike, go to Talker Distillery, and eat some great food. Suggestions?
Day 8 - (Skye)??
Day 9 - (Blairgowrie) a long drive to Inverness and around to Blairgowrie, may stop at Eileen Donan and Culloden but did see them on last trip, would like to stop at Urquhart Castle because we only saw it from the road last time, any other stops on way to Blairgowrie?
Day 10 - (Blairgowrie) two full days here, suggestions?? Pitlochry, Dunkeld, Hermitage Walk, Scone Palace, Edradour Distillery, Crathes Castle ...
Day 11 - (Blairgowrie) ??
Day 12 - (Edinburgh) early out to Edinburgh, turn car in to airport, take train into city?, staying on Princess Street, maybe walk around Dean Village or hike Arthur's Seat
Day 13 - (Edinburgh) get to Edinburgh Castle by opening, walk down Royal Mile and side over to National Museum of Scotland, other suggestions ??
Day 14 - (Glasgow) train to Glasgow fairly early, Glasgow University/Hunterian Gallery?, Botanical Gardens? We saw the Kelvingrove Museum on our last trip. other suggestions??
Day 15 depart Glasgow 12:55 pm