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Advice please on our itinerary.

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Advice please on our itinerary.

We (2 adults and 2 twelve year old children ) are going to be in scotland for our first time in the first week of August. Hotels are booked so we can't change anything regarding this but everything else is changeable. We are going to rent a car (which is also booked) during our 8 days in the highlands.

Our first night is going to be spent in Newbridge as we are going to arrive very late in Edinburgh so we opted for a nearby hotel. We want to book a taxi from the airport to the Premier Inn in Newbridge , any suggestion which company we should use? We are going to arrive at 11.oopm.

2nd day: pick up the rental car from the hotel and head on to Drumnadrochit which is going ro be our base in the highlands. Any suggestions which route we should take. Google earth gave 3 suggested routes and we were thinking of taking the M9 to Fort William and then to Drum. We would like to stop at Stirling Castle on our way to Drum.

3rd day: Fort George and Inverness (maybe a stop at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve??)

4th day: the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre and afterwards hire bikes for a couple of hours in Rothiemurchus.

5th day: Isle of Skye

6th day:glen Affric

7th day: Fort William for the gandola on the Ben Nevis range.

8th day: Ullapool

9th day: drive to Edinburgh where we are going to drop off the car.

3 days in Edinburgh : Tatoo tickets are already booked.

We are open for suggestions so we will be grateful of any given..... And Thanks for bearing with me

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1. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

Your route seems to involve a lot of doubling back on your tracks. From Inverness you go far west to Skye (a large island where you could easily spend several days), then go east 3/4 of the way back to Inverness fro Glen Affric, then south to Fort William.. then retrace your steps north to Ullapool... then retrace south again to Edinburgh. Maybe I'm wrong, but I'd have thought you could find a more circular route that cut down on the driving.

At the moment you have a 2-4 hour drive every day, which doesn't leave much time for getting out of the car and actually enjoying yourself. The beauty of Scotland is in getting away from the car, sitting on the edge of a loch, or on a hillside. Still, if it's already booked there isn't much to do about it.

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Hi

Glencoe should not be missed, seeing as you will be so close:-

From Stirling take the A84 (Callender) from Callender head for Lochearnhead where the road becomes the A85 to Crianlarich where you would take the A82 to Tyndrum then to

Ballachulish (A82 ) via the Bridge of Orchy, then follow signs to Glencoe via Rannoch Moor.There is a very good National Trust visitor centre in Glencoe. From Glencoe it's an easy run to Fort William.

From Fort William you could also go to Mallaig along the famous 'Road to the Isles' via Glenfinnan where you can see the Monument and the viaduct ( which appeared in Harry Potter films) alternatively you can do the journey by steam train.

From your base you can also visit the Kyle of Lochalsh and even go over the bridge to Skye.

You won't need a full day in Ullapool, unless you just want a lazy day watching the boats etc, so you could look for something else in the area to do.

Fort Augustus ( on road from Fort WIlliam to Drum) is worth a stop off, you'll be at the edge of Loch Ness where the Caledonian Canal comes into the Loch, interesting series of Lochs to watch in operation.

Be sure to take some insect repellent as the 'Midges' on the west coast can be bad.Also pack some rainwear just in case!

|Enjoy

Edited: 30 June 2013, 11:09
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3. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

Hi,

Thanks wegetaboutabit for your very useful info. Martin C thanks also ... I know that we have to return to our base everyday but we prefare to have one base than going from a hotel to another...it's a matter of prefarances I guess..... though it does't mean it's the best choice!

Thank you both for your time :)

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4. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

One base makes sense especially with kids :-) and for the kids (and adults) perhaps add http://www.landmarkpark.co.uk/ to day 4

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5. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

Day 7 as well as adding a trip to Glenfinnan, Glen Nevis (turn left at the roundabout nest to the woollen mill as you enter Fort William) is also worth a drive up (parts of Harry Potter as well as Braveheart were also filmed here) and there is an option of a lovely walk at the end of the road.

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6. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

Day three add in Culloden Battlefield/Moor and the Clava Cairns and if the weather isn't great (or even if it is) you will drive past (or within a minute of it) Inverness Leisure and Aquadome for the kids www.invernessleisure.co.uk/facilities/pools/

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7. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

Hi goanjock,

Your suggestions are great, in fact we are taking them up. If any other suggestions comes to mind and you have time please post them, these will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your postings and for your time :)

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8. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

You are more than welcome viki and a wonderful adventure in a fantastic part of the world. On the way to Skye be sure to stop at Eilean Donan Castle and a small detour to Plockton via the small village of Duirinish (where Highland Cattle often roam around the village) is also worth doing.

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9. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

Goanjock thanks, you're kind. This is our first time outside the Mediterranean region so we are really looking forward to coming to Scotland, especially the children, they can't wait. Hopefully the weather will be kind with us....but we will make the best out of it anyways, come what may.

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10. Re: Advice please on our itinerary.

I am sure you will have a fantastic time whatever the weather ;-) There are some photo's of the Highland Cattle at the end of this album on Flickr if you want a nosey and any other questions at all just ask flickr.com/photos/…

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