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6-7 nights in Scotland, itinerary suggestions please!

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I'm trying to plan a 6-7 night trip to Scotland which kicks off a longer vacation in Europe and elsewhere. My wife and I will be arriving in Edinburgh from the US on July 3. We plan to head to Paris sometime around July 8 or 9 (could possibly do the 10th as well). We can probably get to Paris (relatively cheaply) via Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen. I'm looking for suggestions about how to wind our way through a pretty large country. Some considerations:

a) we'd like to spend at least 2 nights in Edinburgh (the first night will simply be dealing with travel, jet lag, etc.)
b) I'm willing to rent a car and drive to destinations
c) would like to mix city and country. Highlands sound very attractive, but ferries to outlying islands are probably not in the mix given our time constraints (or am I wrong here?)
d) we are middle aged, relatively fit, and don't mind walking or (non-technical climbing)
e) I'd like to visit some whisky distilleries, although my favorite whiskies are Islay, and that seems a bit off the beaten path with only a week
f)at the end of the trip, we need to be in a city from which we can fly to Paris (EDI, GLA probably ideal; INV or ABZ also possibilities)

Any helpful suggestions from natives or seasoned travelers would be greatly appreciated!

PS--Why doesn't Scotland get its own tag on these forums?

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