I'm thinking about a new itinerary to replace last year's trip that I'm hoping will happen in September pending...you know. I'll be doing a week hike in the Highlands with a tour starting and ending in Inverness. The original plan was to do Glasgow, the hiking tour, and Edinburgh. There are things I want to see in both cities and I like art and architecture, and they have places to go outside of town if I somehow got bored (esp. Falkirk for the Kelpies and the wheel).
I may be able to add on a couple more days to this trip. Is there anywhere in between either of these cities and Inverness that might be worth looking in to for a stay? Not that staying put would be bad, but I was thinking an area with distilleries that might offer scotch tastings? (Not a big fan of whisky- prefer gin- but when in Rome) Or would Stirling or Falkirk be worth staying in for a night or 2? (Usually don't like one night stops but could consider). Pitlochry was on the train line, if I remember right and it appears to have distilleries, but is it worth a stop? Charming little towns without much else to see or do don't really appeal and I won't have a car so it'd have to be on a transit line. No plans have yet been made because of...you know...so this will all be contingent on being allowed to do anything, but I'm ready to start planning something, even if just in my head.