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Hello! My husband and I will be in Scotland for a week in mid-September with our two boys, ages 10 and 12. We are arriving in Edinburgh on Friday and staying 3 nights, and need to be back in London the following Friday. My plan is to leave Edinburgh on Monday and spend 4 days seeing the Highlands. We already have Britrail passes, but could hire a car some days if necessary. I'd like to spend a day on the Isle of Skye, but am not sure if it would be too much traveling time. The kids are good travelers, but I don't want to wear them down too much. We want to do some hiking, see castles and beautiful scenery, maybe visit a whisky distillery. We all love to be out in the wilds but also would love some tips on good pubs/food. I'd like to take the boys on the train from Fort William to Mallaig for the "Harry Potter" experience (but maybe just the regular train since we have rail passes). Here is my tentative itinerary (Please comment and tell me if I am crazy and should just stay closer to Edinburgh, maybe go to Oban/Mull/Iona instead of trying for Isle of Skye).
Monday: Leave Edinburgh by train to Stirling, see Stirling castle, take bus to Crianlarich. From there, take train, maybe sleep in Rannoch Moor or Fort William.
Tuesday: train to Mallaig, ferry to Armandale. rent a car, stay Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Portree.
Thursday: return car, train Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness. take boat tour of Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Stay overnight in Inverness.
Friday: long train ride to London.

Lots of travel time. Is it worth it? Or would we be better staying in Oban and seeing Mull and Iona, or just skipping the islands altogether? We are trying to do as much as possible with rail passes, but are we silly not to rent a car for the whole time in the Highlands?
thanks for any suggestions!

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