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England/Scotland Itinerary

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Thanks to all for your suggestions on a previous topic. I still have a few more questions and, unfortunately, I have to start a new topic because the previous one is closed by the moderators.

Bilboburgler, thanks for asking. We will definitely make a stop in York on the way from Scotland to London because many of you recommend York, and we will stay overnight or for two nights. I am still trying to figure out the Scotland.

I have a preliminary itinerary for four days. That's after spending two days in Edinburgh. We decided use those to see some of the West Highlands. Please let me know if it's reasonable. I know I have packed too much because I am not sure what to leave out. Please let me know what to cut/change.

We hire a car in Edinburgh and drive to Inverness, stopping in Stirling and Aviemore, perhaps in Callander and Killin, too, if we have time. Overnight in Inverness or in a little town nearby (preferable) but don't know which one yet. Any suggestions? We do not plan to explore Inverness.

In the morning, we drive to the Urquhart Castle, see the castle, take a boat trip on the lake, and continue to the Isle of Skye. I know that we could spend a week or two around the lake, kayaking and doing other things but that would be too slow for me. We don't want a Loch Ness vacation. Two nights on Skye.

On day four, leave Isle of Skye in the morning and drive to the Loch Lomond area via Fort William. Overnight in Balloch. On day five drive to Glasgow to just return the car and take a train to York.

Is this doable at all? We could just head to the isle of Skye or Mull via the Loch Lomond area, which would be simpler but my family insists on seeing Loch Ness. We don't care about driving around the whole lake. Some views and stops are good enough. Is there a simpler way to see the lake without going all the way to Inverness?

Shall we do the Isle of Mull instead of Skye?

PQ has suggested some really nice train rides but it will be impossible to change from car to train and back. We hope to see some specific spots on the way to the Isle of Skye. One is Loch Duich, which seems possible, the other one is the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The problem with the second one is that a part of the trip is by a ferry. What do we do with the car then? Do these ferries take cars or they are small? If yes, do we book tickets in advance?

Thanks a lot in advance.

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