I would like to ask about using British Rail to see parts of Scotland in a 9-10 day period. I would fly into Edinburgh and spend a few days there then I would be off (depending on train schedules) in some direction and though I'm not sure which and need some suggestions from fellow TA members to form my first intinerary.
It appears to me that British Rail does hassome routes that would allow us to see sights around Oban and Ft William as well as heading in the other direction to Sterling and on to Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen or Inverness or to the kyle of Lochalsh but where will I need other assistance such as a cab, bus or hiring a car?
I do know that Scotland is best seen by car so I wondered about using the train as my main way to get around and hiring a car when I get to an area I wish to explore more. Is this doable and if so where and where not in May 2012.
Can my fellow TA members please give us some pointers and if Scotland is enjoyable or adoable trip by train because we can look at other places in Europe where train service is a better way to see a country though Scotland appears to have a good train system.
One goal for Scotland would be too see some of the Natural Beauty but without missing some of the historic sites and castles located all across the country. We also would hope to spend the night in a castle but have no idea what iis the best route(s) are to take a train to see Scotland.
Thank you for your help and Happy Holidays.