I will be enlisting the services of CIE Tours for a women's tour of Scotland in September 2012. This will be my 4th year in a row with CIE - the first 3 were to Ireland, and I cannot speak highly enough of their services / drivers. I like to plan my own custom itineraries, however, I have not traveled to Scotland before, so it has been a little slow going...
I have no feel yet for travel times in Scotland, but fully recognize that a few inches on a map can mean hours on the coach...
Keeping in mind that some of these women are much more interested in shopping, eating & drinking than they are in historic relevance, and that's fine with me - we need to strike a balance!
I'd be most appreciative of the following info...
1. There are so many castles, which are the very best - both ruins / rustic and more polished castles within the confines of the above itinerary.
2. Is Iona worth the day's travel for a group of women?
3. How does one get back to Edinburgh from Inverness without traveling the eastern coast? And if not Aberdeen, where?
Thanks so much for any constructive info!