I now have both directions of our flights booked for trip next September. Since we are using United miles on Saver fares, options were limited, so for now, it's in and out of London.
Here are my thoughts for Version 1 of the itinerary. I really want to stay in a couple of castles so I've noted where I've found Castle hotels, so let me know if you've stayed or heard anything on the ones I've listed. Looking for your thoughts on things to do in the destinations below, or enroute to destinations, places to eat, other ideas, alternative destinations.
Day 1- arrive Heathrow 10am/ Go directly to Bath
Day 2- Bath
Day 3- am-Train to York- rent car- Hazelwood castle
Day 4- York- Hazelwood castle
Day 5- York to Edinburgh (considering driving? or maybe train)
Day 6/7/8-Edinburgh (Ryder cup)
Day 9- Drive to Stirling then to Inverness?
Day 10- Inverness or ??
Day 11- Drive to near Oban- Barcaldine Castle
Day 11- Oban- Barcaldine Castle
Day 12- Drive to Glasgow-Train to London
Day 13- 3pm flight out of London