Hello, my husband will be attending a conference in central Scotland (Pershire region) in mid June for 5 days. I am fortunate enough to be able to tag along! The day before the conference begins, the group will take a day trip to Loch Lomond National Park and Glasgow. Afternoons during the conference will be free for touring and the conference has arranged for excursions to the Scone Palace, Stirling and Doane Castles, the Famous Grouse Distillery, Drummond Castle Gardens, Falkland Village and Palace, as well as the option for a driver to take us off-road driving through Perthshire or go fishing. We plan to travel on our own for 6 days after the conference ends. We would appreciate any suggestions for how best to use our time to see as much of the regions of Scotland as possible. I'm not sure if we will rent a car though- my husband is a bit nervous to drive on the "wrong" side of the road, lol.
We are thinking of flying into Edinburgh as opposed to Glasgow and spend two days in Edinburgh before the conference begins. As mentioned above, the day before the conference begins, the group will go to Glasgow and Loch Lomond. Since we will be in central Scotland during the conference and will visit plenty of sites there, I'm thinking of heading north after the conference and using the Rick Steves Scotland tour as a rough guide. My husband isn't a golfer and isn't sure it's worth going to St. Andrews and surrounding area- any thoughts on that?
We definitely want to see the Highlands- so Inverness, perhaps Loch Ness and Culloden. I'd appreciate anyone's thoughts on Glencoe and Oban, and the Isle of Iona. Hotel suggestions are desired.