I know this question has been asked many a times on this forum, and yet I am seeking guidance on this again. I have done my bit of research on this forum (not very extensive though) and request fellow travelers / experts to opinionate on my proposed itinerary
We are a couple in early thirties with a three year old daughter and want to make a plan where in we could have some kiddie activities for the three year old. We are arriving in Edinburgh on the afternoon of 21st July and have booked a two night accommodation at the HARRIS self service apartment run by Fountain court. On the 23rd we would like to fire a car to drive around Scotland and fly out of Edinburgh on the 29th (early morning), that leaves us with a car, six days and five nights.
Proposed Itinerary for which suggestions, guidance and corrections are sought
23rd July : depart Edinburgh by mid day, arrive Stirling to visit the castle, after the castle visit is over drive down to Avimore/ pilotchry (I guess the spelling is wrong) for the night. (please suggest between Avimore and Pilotchry)
24th July: Look around Avimore/ Pilochtry in the morning and set out for Inverness, on way stop over at some interesting sights (please guide) and if possible a child activity (please guide) and then make home in Inverness for the night.(if there is more left in the day / evening- please suggest if can see any of the famous lochs near Inverness- I understand the Loch Ness is too over rated!)
25th July : I understand from this forum that Inverness does not have too much of it’s own town centre as a tourist attraction, so would like to leave Inverness after breakfast towards isle of Skye (or some other destination that can be recommended- since we plan to go to Oban later). The idea could be to reach Isle of Skye (or the destination recommended) by say late afternoon, Such that we could have a leisurely drive with some interesting halts (please suggest) and if possible some kiddie activity/ interest. Sleep the night in Isle of Skye or the place that could be recommended,
26th July : Leave for Oban and make Oban home for two nights. Here I seek suggestions on what route do I take to Oban are there are interesting things to do or see on way to Oban. Once we are in Oban for two nights- please advise the sights/ destinations that we could reach out to.
27th July; day and Night in Oban (please suggest a good place to stay )
28th July: leave Oban in the morning for Edinburgh, propose to stay in a Edinburgh Airport Hotel since we have an early morning flight on the 29th July. Please suggest the route and activities and stop overs that could be suggested to reach EDI airport (EH28 post code) from Oban.
29th July : Fly out of EDI
I know I have asked a lot of questions and seek a lot of guidance, with a hope that there would be suggestions from the experts and fellow travelers in here.
I would welcome guidance on the route/ activities/ places to see / things to do and also places to stay for the Scotland itinerary. My better half would like to see some castles, picnic in the typical Scottish highlands (weather permitting), my daughter likes animals and farms (she is at that age), so I guess a whale watching trip or some animal parks / farms or safari and I would like to include a scotch whiskey distillery if It can be included. During this trip I would like to treat my wife with one fancy hotel / BnB of upto GBP 120 – GBP 140 per night, other accommodations could be in the 60-90 GBP range.
I can not put it to words as to how keenly I am looking forward to your inputs, that should help me plan my holiday.
Thanks a lot to all of you for reading this lost post and hopefully commenting on it..