Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Stonehenge and Bath
  2. 2 Rome & Florence, 10-12 days or so
  3. 3 Greece itinerary ideas
  4. 4 Trip Report Family of 4, 2 Young Teens, 14 Nights, 4 Countries
  5. 5 Neighborhood Bistros in Paris
  6. 6 French Gov't Passes New Labor Law Despite...
  7. 7 Greece Experts
  8. 8 Trip Report Trip Report with Kids: Germany/Austria/Benelux
  9. 9 Currency and credit cards in Scandinavia
  10. 10 Need Barcelona Gaudi Ticket Help
  11. 11 Budapest/Krakow/Warsaw
  12. 12 Rome train to Positano
  13. 13 Granada to Cordoba to Madrid--Doable??
  14. 14 3 week Italy trip with 12 and 14 year old - 2017
  15. 15 Car rental in Paris
  16. 16 How did you or your family ended up in the country you are living now?
  17. 17 France to stop making foie grois
  18. 18 Visiting Turkey for Fun and Adventure, Oasis or Chaos
  19. 19 Markets in Malaga, Seville, Madrid
  20. 20 Sevilla to Cordoba Day Trip: How many hours needed?
  21. 21 Heathrow to hotel transportation question
  22. 22 Road Maps of Ireland
  23. 23 Barcelona attraction tickets
  24. 24 Restaurants and sights in Puglia
  25. 25 A new travel app for Poland
View next 25 » Back to the top

Itinerary Help in Scotland

Jump to last reply

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!

8 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement