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First visit - looking for input

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First visit - looking for input

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

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1. Re: First visit - looking for input

Maybe day 7 add Neist Point as you are active hikers.

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Your plan looks great! September is a nice time to come, and it is music to my ears that you aren't seeing the Scottish weather as an impediment. September can bring lovely mild days and sometimes an 'Indian summer', if you are lucky!

Have you seen the WalkHighland website? It is excellent as a resource for planning walks. Most of the big book shops in Edinburgh will sell OS maps for you.


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The traffic from Stirling to Edinburgh airport will really depend on the time of day. In rush hour (any time from 7am-10am) it will be busy but later and I'd say an hour or so providing there's been no incidents on the motorway. If you need to be at the airport before 10am I'd stay closer the night before.

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pucktime - thank you, we looked into Neist Point and that looks like a perfect addition to Day 7.

Abs140 - I have definitely been scanning the WalkHighland website. It has tons of great info. I will plan on picking up OS maps in Edinburgh now! Thank you.

edinem - Thank you, I think I will just plan staying closer to the airport, just in case. I'd hate to miss a flight due to incident on motorway, flat tire, etc. Although, maybe it would be a great excuse to stay longer!

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