My wife and I will be in Europe in early June and would like to take a driving tour of Scotland on the way.
We will take the train to Edinburgh where we will arrive around 4 p.m.. We could spend a night in Edinburgh or take a bus to the airport, pick up the rental car, and take off, although we wouldn't want to go too far.
We have 5 nights and 4 full days before taking a 9 a.m. flight out of Edinburgh or Glasgow , whichever works best..
I would like suggestions on where to go and where to stay. We are not so concerned about touring castles but like viewing castles from the outside and are interested in seeing a variety of Scottish scenery (Loch Ness is not essential, or Inverness). We don't mind doing quite a bit (10+ hours) of driving if it provides a variety of scenery. Ideally we'd drive a few hours each day to our next hotel, then spend the remainder of the day checking out the town/village surrounding the hotel and maybe go out for a scenic drive before dinner. We like the ocean and scenic rocky coastlines.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.