My husband and I will be traveling to Ireland, then on to Scotland in September. We are young 30s and very active people. We love hiking, scenery, castles, and some history.
I'm currently trying to put together a great itinerary for us. We are weather ready (rain jackets, hiking waterproof boots), and rain will not stand in our way!!! We have been reading the forums here on trip advisor which has helped us put together this itinerary, but I have not found one identical to this to see if we are "crazy."
Our must sees include Edinburgh for a few days, Stirling Castle, Glencoe, Isle of SKye. I think we are most looking forward to hiking, a distillery or two, and of course the castles and history.
Day 1: Flight from Dublin - land around 12:00 in Edinburgh. I think we will do some laundry, rest, and go to a pub this day (coming from 10 days in Ireland)
Day 2: Edinburgh
Day 3: Edinburgh
Day 4: Pick up rental car - go to Callander, Ben A'an hike then on to Glencoe for another 2-3 hour hike (overnight Glencoe)
Day 5: Drive through Fort William - Eilean Donan Castle, and on to Portree (overnight here for 3 nights)
Day 6: Hike Old Man of Storr and Quiraing; kilt rock (drive to) (overnight in Portree)
Day 7: Hike to Fairy Pools, Talisker distillery (Is there something else we could see this day?)
DAy 8: Drive from Isle of Skye to Stirling (Stirling Castle) (overnight in Stirling) I know this is a long drive (should we stay near Edinburgh airport for flight - I'm not sure about the traffic from Stirling into Edinburgh. We don't mind to make it a late night, since it will be our last).
Day 9: drive to Edinburgh airport - catch flight
I'm open to adding one more day. Our flights are not set in stone yet.
Please let me know if I should change something, or if I'm driving past something that I need to see. I have been reading a lot on Scotland, and I feel brain over-loaded. If I forgot to post something that will help in your advice/input, please let me know, and I will respond as promptly as possible.
Thanks so much