Hi all, I'm planning a 7 day trip to Scotland in Feb. Yes, yes, I know it's going to be terrible and freezing (last time I visited it was also Feb), but this just happens to be when the trip worked out.
The travelers include 4 adults (two of us are whisky lovers) and 2 preschool-age children. We fly in and out of Edinburgh, and we're renting a minivan.
My question is: I plan to make Edinburgh our first home base (my parents have never visited Edinburgh, so there will be lots for them to see). I'd then like to pick 1 or possibly 2 other towns to serve as a home base for the remaining 4 days. I'd like to pick a whisky-producing region, and my dad and I like the peaty stuff, but it seems like getting to Islay is a bit of a task. I'm leaning toward heading up to the Speyside area. I don't need distilleries/tasting rooms to be the main focus of our trip (my mom and husband aren't such fans), but I'd like to at least spend one day visiting two or so interesting distilleries. My mom is interested in good walking opportunities and we're all interested in castles and coastlines. I've just begun digging into the undiscoveredscotland website, but just curious: if you were in my shoes, which other city or town might you choose as a home base after Edinburgh? With two preschoolers, I'd like to keep long-driving days to a minimum.
Thanks, y'all. Happy new year!