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opinions and advice on itinerary for 12 day Scotland trip in May

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I feel I have narrowed down our itinerary but would still love any advice. Some may feel I could add a lot more but I'm not sure on all the details yet. I'm a photographer so there are a few places I'm going where some may question why but it's all for the shots. I have no idea where we are staying anywhere so that's next on the agenda. For us, the least expensive, the better. Here is what I have:


Day 1 May 18 (Friday) We arrive in Edinburgh at 7 am…spend the day in the city once we settle in (we could never stay in the hotel no matter how tired we are..done it before in Spain and Italy and we're alright with the jet lag)

Day 2 (Saturday) All day in the city

Day 3 (Sunday) Get car from Enterprise (hubby works for them) morning drive to Borders Melrose/Dryburgh/Jedburgh/Kelso and stay around there for the night

Day 4 (Monday) Possible quick stop at one of the ruins if we didn't have enough time to see all of them.. morning drive to Callander, and enjoy Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

Day 5 (Tuesday) more time enjoying Loch Lomond and Trossachs and stay another night in Callander

Day 6 (Wednesday) morning drive to Mallaig ferry to Skye (3 hour drive? and how quickly do I need to make a reservation??) spend the remainder of the day in Skye (really want to fit Elgol in one of the 3 days we are there..not sure how difficult it is to get the pictures I want from the posts I'm reading) and want to try to see all the amazing sites everyone has been raving about...

Day 7 (Thursday) Skye

Day 8 (Friday) Skye

Day 9 (Saturday) morning drive to Eilean Donan Castle and then to Dunfermline.. this will likely take most of our day so we plan on sleeping in a hotel or B & B in Dunfermline and making it our hub for the next few days

Day10 (Sunday) Cupar (going for a photo shoot at Crawford priory) and Culross then going back to stay in Dunfermline one more night (I realize we are backtracking a bit but notice the distances don't seem that far.)

Day 11 (Monday) Dunfermline Abbey (wanted to wait until today since Sunday hours are so short) and maybe stop somewhere else before we head back to Edinburgh... drive back to Edinburgh and drop off car

Day 12 (Tuesday) relax in Edinburgh for our last day and see a few more things we couldn't fit in

Day 13 May 30th (Wednesday) taxi to airport Depart am today for USA

If you feel I have some big gaps here and there...please feel free to add a suggestions on more stops or attractions. I'm a HUGE picture taker so I will be stopping a lot and will likely be hanging in areas longer than the typical tourist (my dear, lucky husband..I really don't know how he puts up with me ;)

The kind people of Fodors helped to make my last three trips more than I could have ever hoped for. I will continually say, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for your time and opinions...you have helped me make our dreams come true!

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