In August I will be spend five days in Edinburgh for the 2011 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Festival. Then I will pick up a rental car and travel throughout Scotland with no particular destination in mind, other than a stop in Blair Atholl. My tentative route is Inverness to Aberdeen and back to Edinburgh. I will have seven days to sightsee and enjoy the products of the vairious distilleries.
I'm open to suggestions regarding "must see" and "don't bother" places. One of the questions that I have is, since August is quite busy, will I have difficulty finding accommodations each day without making advance reservations? I didn't want to limit myself to a set itinerary in case I wanted to stay longer at a particular location or take a side trip to another spot.
My wife and I visited Edinburgh several years ago, and now that she has passed away, I will be making this trip solo. I have hotel reservations for Edinburgh, tickets ordered for the Tattoo, and the rental car reserved.
Thanks for any suggestions.