Greetings! First off let me say: "I am going to Scotland!!"" I've waited years and years to see Scotland. I've read all the Outlander books (Called Cross Stitch in the UK) three times or more! You get the idea, this is a life long dream.
I'll be staying in Edinburgh with my family. Four adults. We have an Ice Hockey game planned and perhaps a football game mid week, but our main objective is to maximize the number of castles we can see comfortably. I've done my research and I see there are tons of options out there. We've seen advertisements for Castle tours which look promising. But one of my questions is, are we better off hiring a driver and setting our own itinerary? We aren't going to have a car but we'd be up for taking a train somewhere, or a bus. I noticed some Castles can be explored and others are ruins. Obviously we can see Edinburgh Castle and probably Stirling Castle easily but what are the other castles we shouldn't miss? Which castles are the ones that might be too far off the beaten track. Is there a tour company that will absolutely be amazing with an equally amazing tour? Thanks in advance and I can not wait to visit your amazing country!