We (two couples) will be coming to Scotland in the latter part of June. We plan to spend 4 nights in/near Edinburgh. During this time we expect to visit St. Andrews, Stirling, and Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, etc. We intend to rent a car as we will be traveling over the next week to the Highlands and Skye before flying out from Glasgow.
My questions are as follows. Would we be better off finding accommodations closer to the airport, making our visits to St. Andrews and Stirling somewhat easier, or would we be better off staying in Edinburgh and only renting the car for the last two days of our Edinburgh stay and driving to Stirling and St. Andrews from the city? This would save about 100 BP prime location fee, but isn't a major factor in our decision.
Finally, the four of us will each have a sizable suitcase and purses, camera bags, etc. I am considering a large SUV (Jeep Cherokee, etc.), but have concerns about the size of the vehicle on the back roads of the Highlands and Skye. Is this a legitimate concern? If so, what are some alternatives that would be smaller but hold our luggage?
Thanks to all of you who take the time to help.