I am in need of some advice for my Scotland trip this March. I want to visit a few specific places, but at the behest of my husband, I have decided to do so without a car (not much driving experience, and I will be a female solo traveler). I know this will limit me, but I think the tradeoff of my not stressing about driving is worth it.
I will be in Scotland from around March 22nd give or take (coming from Canada, but arriving in the UK March 14th), and I will be leaving April 10th. I wanted to do a couple of days in Edinburgh, a couple of days in Skye, a couple of days on Orkney (April onwards), and a few days in Inverness.
My tentative plan is thus:
- Arrive in Edinburgh - stay for 3 days
- Transit to Portee from Edinburgh, via the West highland Way & a bus - 1 day of travel
- 2 Nights, 3 days on Skye - 1 afternoon to settle, 1 too do some kind of tour, 1 to walk around to some sites or do a hike
- Skye to Inverness via bus/train - half day
- 2 days in Inverness, 1 day to settle one to see the historic sites
- Train up to Orkney, 3 days on Orkney to see mainland sites, and maybe sites on another island or two
- Maybe rent a car in Thurso only for one day, just to see some of the natural sites in the area (Walligoe steps, Smoo Cave, etc.)
- Train back to Inverness, rest 1 night
- Train from Inverness to Edinburgh, fly out of Edinburgh
Does that sound reasonable? I know I could also do a bus tour for Skye, but I honestly really want some time to myself, and I do not want to be too tied down on getting there and back.
Any suggestions on places to see, or what may be a better system is welcome.