My husband and I are flying into Edinburgh and renting a car. Our itinerary is:
Day 1 - Arrive 5pm at EDI, drive to Stirling hotel
Day 2 - Tour Stirling castle; drive to Inverness - what else can we realistically fit in? I read some comments on short walks near Dunkeld and the Hermitage. We like short hikes and waterfalls. I just need to look into this more. I saw a comment on Queen's view and want to stop there. Would we have time for some of these - Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns, and/or Culloden Battlefield?
Day 3 - Visit Loch Ness (is a boat tour worthwhile?), Urquhart castle, tour Eilean Donan Castle, drive to Kyleakin B&B on Isle of Skye. Would we have time for any of these on this day - Cawdor Castle, Clava Cairns, and/or Culloden?
Day 4 - Rick Steve's recommended driving loop around Isle of Skye - anything we shouldn't miss like a recommended hike (Fairy Pools?, hike to Quiraing?) or boat trip in Elgol to see seals?
Day 5 - Drive from Kyeakin to Oban. What do you recommend for short hikes/things to do en route via Fort Augustus and Glencoe?
Day 6 - Oban (full Day Staffa boat trip)
Day 7 - 9 - Drive to Edinburgh - 2 nights there then fly home
Is there anything else we should try not to miss between Stirling and Inverness, Isle of Skye, and Oban?