I'm trying to plan a potential trip to the UK for July, 2014. The first week we'll be in southern England, and then we're going to take the train up to Scotland for 8 days (with the first and last days being mostly travel days). We'll be flying out of Glasgow. Traveling will be me, my husband, and our 12 yr old son.
The only absolute must-do is to visit Clan Donald on the Isle of Skye (my husband is a MacDonald). I figure we'll want to do 2 nights around Armadale.
But I'm at a bit of a loss as to what else to do, and how to travel. I can drive on the left-hand side, so driving is a possibility. Though, after reading about the Glenfinnan Viaduct, we would love to see that (my son is a huge Harry Potter fan), either from the train or car. We would like to see the Highlands, but don't want to spend a majority of our time travelling. Unfortunately, the 12 yr old does get bored on long trips.
So, any recommendations for 8 days starting and ending in Glasgow, with a few days around Armadale, and seeing some castles and lochs? Since we will have (at least) 2 large suitcases, a car seems much more convenient than rail or bus, but we're open to any of those. If we go by car, my vague idea was to arrive in Glasgow mid-afternoon, pick up the car, and drive <somewhere> (within 2 hrs) (Day 1). Stay there for 2 nights. On Days 2 and 3, do some day trips, hopefully ending up around Armadale on the evening of Day 3. On Days 4 and 5, visit Clan Donald and the Sleat area. On Day 6, drive back to Glasgow. Fly out of Glasgow on the afternoon of Day 8.