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18 Day Trip to Scottland

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Hello! My husband and I are planning an 18ish day trip to Scotland in 2016. We are looking at leaving 12 May and returning by 30 May and would love to have some advice! I think we would definitely prefer it to be warmer rather than rainy/cold, if possible, so not sure if that is too early in the year.

Background on us/our trip thoughts:
We live in Utah, USA and have no preference for arrival or departure airport in Scotland (Glasgow/Edinburgh).

We will be renting a car for the entire trip (unless not needed for periods of time, though we like to have the ability to drive wherever whenever.)

We are most interested in the country side, seeing the islands, the lochs, a few castles, and yes some of the cities! We love doing things like underground tours and walking through old cemeteries, seeing things that are so unfathomably old that our American minds are blown! :)

We are okay to have drives around, even if driving the entire day to get from one area to the next, then spending a day or two (or three) to explore an area before moving on.

We prefer to stay at Marriott properties, because we have points that we could use, but it's not required. We prefer nice hotels or bed and breakfasts, when possible (if no Marriott brands are available.)

I have gone previously for about 5 days, and centered my trip around Edinburgh (staying in that Marriott-renovated castle outside of town, which was lovely), plus Loch Ness (of course!) and a tiny bit of driving around north of Edinburgh, before venturing south into Wales. My husband has never been to Europe. I would love for him to be able to explore Edinburgh with me again, then go on perhaps a Whisky tour around various regions, and explore more of the northern region (I drove very briefly though Inverness, but literally was only there an hour before turning east). We also really love tiny, old "hole in the wall" type places, really neat things with character to explore, as we are not big on brands (except Marriott, haha).

We do not have mobility issues outside of my arthritis which just means I don't like climbing mountain sides day after day, but walking is great.

I look forward to any suggestions you may have!!!

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