We are a family of 5 adults planning our first trip to Scotland and Ireland. We have nowhere near as much time as I would like, but would appreciate your help in maximizing the time we have. We are spending 2 1/2 days in Edinburgh, then renting a car at the airport and heading north. We want to see Huntly Castle, since it is our "family" castle. The Highlands in some form are a must. I would like to see Loch Ness, but don't need to spend a lot of time there. My questions are:
Rental car: I had heard about a company called 5th gear, but can't seem to find any mention on Trip Advisor. Has anyone used them? What company would you recommend for 7 passenger van rentals?
Accommodations: Would love to find a castle to stay in for our 3 nights. I was thinking about Glengarry Castle. Would that location be too remote to get around? Any other suggestions?
Sites: Is there a particular place you recommend in the Highlands to see? What other sites in that area are not to be missed? We have 2 full days plus the half day after our drive from Edinburgh. The forth day we are driving down to Glasgow, where we will spend the night and fly to Ireland the next morning.
I have been so impressed with the helpful and knowledgeable community here at Trip Advisor and look forward to all your suggestions.
Thanks for you help!