I am trying to decide upon a visit to Scotland this year. Am trying to piece everything together to see if it's a good idea this summer or not.
I have two kids, 13 and 11, a boy and girl. They will be spending two and a half weeks in France in late July with their dad. We thought we might meet up in London the 10th of August and I would head up North with the kids to Scotland about the 12th. I know that the London Games will have just finished and that there will be mobs of people...I thought if we just had the weekend in London, it might not be too overwhelming. But then we would head up to Edinburgh for the festival, hoping for about 8 days total of festival plus sight seeing.
My questions are these:
1. Are the Olympics going to make being in London for even a day a miserable experience? (e.g., just how bloody crowded will it be do you think, the weekend after it's finished).
2. Should I expect even heavier crowds in Scotland and at the FEstival because of the Olympics in London?
3.) How much do you think it might cost for me and my children to stay and dine and see shows and tour around up in Scotland? We like to stay in midrange places, price wise.
4.) Is 8 days enough?
5.) If your children were huge Harry Potter fans, what would you do in Scotland. I know there's the train somewhere and there's also the Elephant Cafe, not sure where either of those are though. How far out of the way are they from Edinburgh?
Would we be able to see Hogwartz Castle in northern England (I mean the Castle that stands in for Hogwartz) by train on our way up there?
6.) Do you think the kids would like the Festival and the Fringe? Is it O.K for kids that age? My kids are pretty open to the arts, they see theater at home.
I'm really just trying to decide if its all too much to do this summer. The other option is they just go to France for a longer time this summer and we do Scotland next summer. Sounds like the right thing to do in a way, but now they're both revved up about this idea of two countries in one summer vacation!
Sorry this is a super long post, I just have to get this figured out as soon as possible, so I threw everything on the table at once! I apologize for the "hither and thither" of it.