My husband and I are planning our first trip to Scotland in May 2012. We fly into Edinburgh from Dublin and plan to stay at least 2 days in Edinburgh. We would also like to see Stirling Castle, the Isle of Mull and Iona, some of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond,as well as Culzean Castle and Glasgow.
My tentative itinerary is:
Fly into Edinburgh in the morning, spend the afternoon and all the next day in Edinburgh.
Drive from Edinburgh to Melrose Abbey, return to Edinburgh.
Drive from Edinburgh to Falkland Palace, then to Stirling Castle, then
Spend 1 full day in Glasgow.
Drive from Glasgow to Culzean Castle, possibly DrumLanrig Castle, back to Glasgow.
Glasgow to Loch Lomond to Oban. Stay in Oban.
Drive to Mull and Iona, stay in Mull?
Return to Edinburgh, stay the night.
Fly home to California.
I know this seems like a lot of driving, but we are used to driving a couple of hours, no problem. Doing that every single day may become tiresome though.
Edinburgh, Stirling Castle and Mull are our top priorities thus far. We like castles, beautifully crafted churches, gardens, scenery, and wildlife. I like to take photos, so architecture and scenery are
Sorry, I know this is a lengthy post, but there are so many interesting things to see and it's so difficult to choose.
Thank you for any suggestions.