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Scotland- Realistic day travel distances

We leave in just about a month for Kenmore in Perthshire. We have a week and plan to pack in as much Scotland as possible? Realisticly how far can we head in each direction in day trips. We will choose what and when to stop and explore, but want to see different parts of the country, not every detail or artifact.Can we hit both East and West coasts? The Highlands? England border? We can stay overnight somewhere if the distance is too great, but mainly day tripsWe may never be here again, so we will run as needed to see it all(we can go to beach if we want to just lie around all day) Thanks to all who have replyed for the great advice, Scott

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You can get a better answer than we can give you by going to any of these websites, input your point A & B and they'll give you all the travel times you want, these are times with no stops and assume you're not getting lost, if you have a GPS these times are probably pretty accurate, if you don't have a GPS, add maybe 20% to 30% for taking wrong turns since routes there are not marked as clearly as routes in the US:viamichelin.commappy.commaporama.comGoogle MapGoogle Earth (free software download)

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You will be in one of my favorite places in Scotland. The road from the A9 westtt to Kenmore is twisty turny so while it's probably 25 miles or so, it will take 45 minutes or so if my memory serves me correctly. Once on the A9 you can head north or south to lots of sites--Blair Castle, Pitlchry, Kingussie has a folk museum. Scone Palace is to the south and Stirling is not that far. The road west is longer, but the scenery is spectacular. In the immediate area, I would recommend exploring Glen Lyon, going over the mountain to Loch Rannoch and Queen's View. Take the Birk's walk in Aberfeldy. Check out the Cranog Center. You probably could do a drive to the Trossachs. That's the home of Rob Roy and his grave is there. Loch Katrine has a steamboat ride.

It's beautiful country. I really like the Footprint Guides. Rick Steves is good, but the Scotland coverage is limited.