I'd like to start by thanking this wonderful community. I've already learned a lot from your ideas and suggestions to others. Clearly a lot of options when visiting Scotland, and my family could use some guidance to narrow them down.
Our kids are 8 and 10, and prefer to climb a rock vs look at old paintings. My wife and I love history, good food, and a good walk in nature or small towns.
We arrive in London on Nov 23, and then we're going to take a regional jet to one of the three airports, spend about six nights exploring whatever we can, and then return to London for another five nights before heading home to California.
I would like to get a taste of the "authentic" countryside, whatever that means.
We plan to rent a car to be more flexible.
Kids prefer a home base to return to rather than a new place to sleep each night.
We might be interested in a farm stay, but the late Nov options seem limited.
If we were to pick one home base in Perthshire or the Western coast to get to know for several days, which place would you recommend? Ideally also be a place that is nice for cozying up to a fire, with good pub or restaurant nearby.