We have one month in the UK, flying into Edinburgh and out of London. We like scenery, culture, art, wildlife, and major sights and not so much into eating or drinking. We are two people, and my Mother is a senior but fit. Is this a good itinerary for the 13 days in Scotland? Haven’t yet marked out the exact sights but seems these stops are what most people recommend.
- Edinburgh 3 nights
- Train to Glasgow 2 nights. Pick up car in Glasgow for one week rental
- Pitlochry 1 night: On way to Pitlochry, see Stirling Castle, Falkirk Wheel, Salmon ladder; Leave Pitlochry and see on way to Glen Affric: Inverness, Loch Ness
- Glen Affric 1 night: Leave Glen Affric and see on way to Portee: Eilean Donan Castle
- Portree 2 nights: Tour Skye & Walks Leave Skye on Ferry at Armadale to Maillage to drive Road to the Isles
- Glencoe or Oban 1 night: Leave Glencoe or Oban and see on way to Glasgow or Hadrian’s Wall: Loch Lomond
- Hadrian’s Wall 1 night
- Return car to Glasgow and take train to York for 2 nights
- Train to London
1. Are these the good places to stay and is it enough time in each place?
2. Are there caravan parks with cabins so you can do self-catering (like in Australia) outside of Glasgow and Edinburgh? I don’t mind preparing our dinner when we are in the countryside if can save costs and also because of a somewhat restricted diet. Or can you recommend any places to stay – not hostel/backpacker but maybe like an AirBNB, VRBO or campervan cabin.
3. Need to reserve the car ferry from Armadale to Maillag on October 2?
4. Worth driving down to Hadrian’s Wall? Should we skip Glasgow or add on a couple of days and have a shorter London trip?
5. Can you buy a train ticket with a stopover in York or do need to buy two separate tickets (Glasgow-York; York-London), which costs about the same as one Glasgow-London ticket? I studied the train ticket sites but it is a little confusing.
6. Is it worth stopping in York for 2 nights?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated…Thanks very much!