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Northern England /Scotland in 16 days

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I'm almost embarrassed to post this, because until a few days ago Mom and I planned to go to Cornwall (thanks Annhig for the great advice - I still hope to use it someday!). But now we have decided (almost 100%) that we would like to visit northern England and Scotland instead on this next trip. We plan to travel in May 2016, and will have 16 nights.

We're thinking of flying in and out of Edinburgh to avoid London, and because it seems just as easy to do a loop from Edinburgh. We're also thinking that we would like a combination of independent travel by car, and possibly a tour with Rabbie's to cover a fair amount of ground in Scotland. I've got a bare-bones idea, but am having trouble figuring out how to avoid going in/out of Edinburgh multiple times, so I'd appreciate any alternative ideas.

Here's what I've got so far, along with questions:

- Fly into Edinburgh, 3 nights
- Rabbie's tour of the Highlands, 3 nights
- Return to Edinburgh, 1 night
- Hire a car (is the airport easiest for this?) and head down the coast to Northumberland (Alnwick as a base?), spend 2-3 nights
- Drive to York, spend 2-3 nights (ideally, we'd like to visit some surrounding sights - maybe Rievaulx or Fountains Abbeys - could we possibly base in a small town and visit York on a day trip?)
- Drive through the Dales to the Lake District (Keswick as a base?), spend 3 nights
- Drive back to Edinburgh and return car, spend 1 night before flying home

Thoughts?

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