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Early planning for Scotland. Itinerary thoughts?

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My husband and I are planning our first visit to Scotland in October. We will have 12 days (not including travel days, so 12 full days) and plan to rent a car for the majority, if not all, of the trip. We are both 29-years-old and looking forward to beautiful scenic drives and small towns/villages. We are well traveled and typically enjoy taking our time to explore a few areas rather than trying to cram everything in. If we love Scotland, which I expect we will, we can always return to see more.

One thing to take into consideration is that I am in a small, manual wheelchair. I still still extremely mobile and my chair has never been much of a hindrance in our travels. I know some castles have wheelchair access, but we are okay with seeing them from just the outside when access isn't available. Due to my chair, we aren't interested in any type of hikes. I can roll on grass, gravel and uneven pavement with no issue at all. Mud, which I expect to encounter when/if it rains, and sand are definitely a problem though. I can manage a few stairs here and there with my husband's help, and when necessary he can carry me, but I'd rather avoid these circumstances.

We visited Tuscany a couple of years ago and we are planning to take the same approach for Scotland that we used on that trip - choosing a base and taking trips (drives of reasonable lengths) out from there. I don't want to sleep somewhere different every night or two because I feel like all that moving can be somewhat exhausting, so we'd much rather have a set base for a few days before moving on.

Here is what we have come up with so far, but nothing is set in stone. I have used this forum many times and the information I've gained from it for our past trips has always been so incredibly valuable.

We plan to fly in and out of Edinburgh
Day 1 - Edinburgh
Day 2 - Edinburgh
Day 3 - Edinburgh

1st question: Is this too long/short of a time for Edinburgh? I know its a 'different strokes for different folks' type of question, but generally what are your thoughts on this? If we need at least full 3 days for Edinburgh then I assume we would not need a car for this portion of the trip if we are staying in town. If its a bit too much time though we can always get a car and explore the surrounding area.

Day 4- Drive to Inverness and use it as our base
Day 5 - based in Inverness
Day 6 - based in Inverness
Day 7- based in Inverness
Day 8 - based in Inverness

This is basically 4.5 days based in Inverness, which we hope will give us a decent amount of time to see the surrounding areas there.

Day 9 - Drive to Glencoe. Stay the night in Glencoe
Day 10 - Glencoe as a base
Day 11- Glencoe as a base
Day 12- Drive back to Edinburgh and stay there for our last night. Fly out the next morning.


Any suggestions or plans we should definitely change? Anything you can think of that we should definitely avoid given our circumstances? Also, in regard to Trossachs National Park - if we are not interested in hikes, is this still a nice area to just drive around, or are most of the most scenic parts best seen on foot?

Thank you!! :)

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