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Best Little Scottish Towns

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Hello All, Here I sit planning my 5th trip to Scotland and find myself just as excited as I was the first time. Just like visiting old friends reading through recent threads about Scotland. Will probably have a few questions over the next few months so let me just say now that I am an active and experienced Scotland tourist. This trip I am bringing my 85 yr old mom and my 60 yr old cousin. We will be a bit of a mixed group. Mom is physically healthy but not up for any long hikes. We plan to be in Scotland for 8 to 9 days in May. I would like to stay in 2 (maybe 3) centres so mom will feel settled. We will have a rental car, which I am quite comfortable driving. As I start my planning I am thinking about possible towns to use as centres. I am thinking of towns like Plockton or Killin that are close enough to interesting scenery for me to have some early morning hikes but small and interesting so mom can have fun walking around. i would like to be have a couple of restaurants to choose from but not have to drive, since I like to have a drink with dinner.

We are not yet committed to specific locations but we are definitely talking western Scotland. Last time we took mom to the Outer Hebrides and Islay. This time I am wondering about Mull / Iona ( I have always wanted to see Fingal's Cave ). Also I have spent a couple of days on Rhum in the past and I think Mom would really enjoy that if I could find a way to transport her around the island.

Mom would like to go for a train ride at some point in the trip just because she likes trains so i am arguing between the Jacobite Steam train or possibly just a commercial train if we wanted to fly in to Glasgow and out of Edinburg. Could rent car in Glasgow and travel for a week with it then leave it in G and take train to E for a couple days before flying out.

So I guess it boils down to what is the question and so we are back to nice small scenic towns to stay in.

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