My husband and I are planning a two week trip, August 23 - September 6, 2014, and this is the itinerary we are considering:
8/23 -Arrive Edinburgh (Stay 3 nights.)
Military Tattoo (Tickets have been purchased for 10:30pm showing on 8/23.)
8/26 - Rent car and make our way to Isle of Skye (Stay 2 nights.)
8/28 - Make our way to Inverness (Stay 2 nights.)
8/30 - Make our way to Dunoon for the Cowal Highland Gathering (Stay 1 night.)
Very excited to watch the games and dance competitions.
8/31 - Make our way back to Edinburgh to return car and fly to Kirkwall. (Stay in Kirkwall 1 night.)
Going to see Skara Brae and some of the other sights on the islands.
9/1 - Fly from Kirkwall to Edinburgh to catch another flight to London.
9/1 - 9/6 - Stay in London and visit friends/ see sites.
9/6 - Fly out of London
I am most concerned about the Skye, Inverness, Kirkwall parts of the itinerary. Would it make more sense to stay in Inverness, or somewhere else, and day trip to Skye and surrounding sites? What about the car rental if we stay in a central location and day trip? The tattoo, gathering, and Skara Brae are must sees for us. We've looked up the prices for the flights we've listed, and if this is the best itinerary, we're ok with the costs.
Any feedback you can provide would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!!