We are two 30 y/o couples - big craft and Belgian beer lovers and aspiring whisky connoisseurs - that enjoy experiencing great food. And of course we love nature, empty roads, and scenic car rides. We're always interested in short hikes/walks or bike rides wherever we are.
We are planning a trip to Scotland in May for ~8 days and have put together the following rough itinerary. We'll rent a car when we leave Edinburgh.
Day 1 - In and around Edinburgh, night #1
Day 2 - Edradour, Dalwhinnie, Cairngorm Brewery; night #2 in Aviemore
Day 3 - Speyside Cooperage, Glenfarclas, Balvenie, Benromach; night #3 in Dufftown
Day 4 - Eilean Donan Castle, Talisker, touring around Skye, night #4 (exact town TBD)
Day 5 - Elgol, boat cruise, more touring around Skye, Three Chimneys dinner, night #5 (exact town TBD)
Day 6 - Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Oban, night #6
Day 7 - Balloch, Trossachs, Callander, Stirling Castle, night #7 back in or just outside of Edinburgh
Day 8 - Whatever in Edinburgh not covered on day 1
Clearly there's still further research to be done, especially on where to find great food experiences, so I would appreciate any feedback you have thus far.
I think it would be awesome to get up to Dunrobin Castle and over to Kylesku, then down through Ullapool and Gairloch to Eilean Donan Castle (I personally love driving), but I think this would be just too much for my passengers. One (or two or three) of the mornings hopefully I can sneak away for a round of golf somewhere :)
Thanks in advance for your time and assistance.