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Clueless, planning trip to Scotland

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Hi there - I am planning a (surprise) trip to Scotland for my husband and I in May, 2018. We are in our mid/late twenties. I am so torn over the information I've read on the web, so I'm hoping some of you on here can help me out. Here are the details:

- I'd like to spend 7-8 days in Scotland. Thinking of flying from the states on May 19, arriving on the morning of the 20th, and leaving for home either the 27th or 28th.
- The locations we'd like to visit most are Edinburgh, the highlands/Inverness, and the Isle of Skye.
- We love history, wildlife and open air. Fairly active, not afraid of a hike.
- We'd like to visit a distillery, some castles and historical landmarks, and spend more than 1 day on Skye.
- A train ride or two would be enjoyed.

^ This is literally as far as I've gotten. I have several questions to determine what to do next:

1. How many days should we devote to each location on our potential itinerary? Is 1.5 days in Edinburgh on the front end enough?
2. Is it better to book a tour that handles our accommodations/some meals and tours, or better to rent a car and do a self-drive tour? I'm nervous about driving on the other side of the road, getting lost, etc. I want an authentic experience but as a surprise trip, I want to also make sure I take care of everything/minimize risk of losing time.
3. Is there anything I've missed here that you think should be included in our itinerary? do we have time to visit anywhere else?

Any advice you may give would be appreciated. Thank you very much in advance!

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