We are heading to London and Scotland, Saturday June 8- Sunday June 16, flying in/out of Heathrow. Primary reason for travel to London at this time is to see the David Bowie Exhibition at the V&A. We have been to London many times and thought of spending just 3- 4 nights in London, then 3-4 nights in Scotland.
Thinking of 2 options.:
Option 1) Arrive London Heathrow Saturday morning June 8, then fly directly to Edinburgh. Stay overnight and see sights in Edinburgh, then head out to see some of Highlands via car for 3 days. Then drive back to London if there is a scenic route with somewhere to stop on the way. Then spend last few nights in London. Or if driving Scotland to London is not recommended, fly back to London.
Option 2) Arrive London on Saturday June 8 and stay in London 3-4 nights. Fly to Edinburgh on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Then proceed as above, driving or flying back to London on Saturday June 15 for flight home on Sunday June 16.
We are interested in seeing beautiful countryside, mountains or falls, hiking. Also in seeing castles or ruins. Plan to see the castle in Edinburgh and other sights there.
Have spent hours pouring over previous posts with similar questions about where to go in the Highlands for a short trip like this. We are very seasoned travelers, always drive (we're from Detroit, the Motor City, after all) and are physically fit so no problem hiking or climbing.
Places recommended to us were St. Andrews, Glencoe, Inverness, Loch Lomond, Skye. Obviously we cannot do all of them. Looking for guidance on best highlights to do in a short time for most impressive scenery/hiking/castles.
Also, need advice on whether to drive from Edinburgh/Scotland to London one way, or fly roundtrip. Definitely planning to fly one way to save time. Thinking of driving one way partly to save cost of 2 flights, and also because we enjoy it, but only if it's scenic and there is somewhere easy to stop along the way.
Appreciate any advice.