Hi there! I am in the VERY preliminary stages of planning (dreaming about :) ) a trip to Scotland and could use some pointers on where to focus my research. It will be my wife and I on a one to two week trip (to be determined) between June and August. We want to see a good amount of "natural Scotland" as well as some city exploring, and beer hunting (we are beer geeks like to try new beers in our travels) We like hiking but are (to be honest) kind of out of shape right now. Hopefully that will change before the trip but we shall see :) I expect we will spend 1-2 days each in Glasgow and Edinburgh
- I'd like to visit at least one (or both) of Loch Lommond NP and Cairngorms.
- I like the idea of visiting Balmoral and the area but this is largely based on the Royal connection, and scenery from The Queen movie!
- I'd like to see at least some of the coastal shoreline
- I saw a Land Rover tour of Atholl estates on the Visit Scotland website. That seemed like possibly a good way to get out beyond where our out of shape legs might take us! Any suggestions for tours similar to that?
Any suggestions for hikes and/or tours to see those parks, or other must see scenery would be much appreciated.
Castles/Buildings: Dunrobin, Doune (Monty python!), Stirling, Culzean, Haddo House, Duff House and Dunnotar all caught my initial interest.
Sports: Depending on timing (e.g. if we are there during the season) I'd like to try and go to and SPL football game, or possibly a rugby game. Any suggestions for games outside of the usual big names would be great. Any particularly fun/special stadiums or fields to visit for a match?
Isle of Skye - It has been recommended to me, and I am curious about it. Is it the scenery that draws people? What distinguishes it from say the eastern coast?
Whisky - I don't drink whisky but I am sort of inclined to maybe visit a distillery nonetheless. Is there one that has a particularly good visitor experience? I have done a ton of brewery and winery tours and expect it to be similar.
Any tips for great cheese, food/drink etc. in the areas I've mentioned?
Thanks in advance!