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Scotland 1 Week In May

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My family and I are considering a trip to the UK this summer as I am finding some good fares. Last summer we were lucky enough to visit Devon and Cornwall. This will be our third trip in 3 years and my husband while understanding my passion to visit the UK yearly for the rest of my life would like to try something different. He hates driving, although he understands how driving affords us the ability to visit places not easily reached by public transport. He almost swore off ever driving again after the narrow road to Coleton Fishacre.

He would like to go to Italy; but frankly as I do all the planning, I'm not sure if I ready to put all the effort I know I will put into planning a trip to someplace I've never been. My DD, 15, loved Devon to bits and feels that London is her "spiritual home," and wants of course to go there again. Scotland is a place we would all like to explore more so for now that is the plan.

We would fly to London and either stay 6 days at the beginning of the trip or bookend the trip and fly home from London after taking the train back from Edinburgh. DH wants to see Cambridge, so sometime during our London time we will go there. We take the train to Edinburgh, spend a couple of days there, (I've been there before) and then spend 5 or 6 days exploring more of the country. I have persuaded DH to drive from Edinburgh. BTW this will be from the middle of May until the beginning of June.
I'm fascinated by Jacobite history and would love to visit Culloden. I love castles, lovely villages, ruins, and beautiful scenery; but I am not a hiker, short walks are fine. I would love to do a day trip to an island; but could do that another trip.

I've spent a few hours reading some great posts by Sheila and Janisj and now am ready to try and plan an itinerary. I like a cottage as a base, but if necessary would do B and Bs in a couple of different locations. Would like to see the castle at Stirling, my husband has an itch to do Crathes Castle, something about the ghost he read about as a child.

We weren't able to do the steam train in Yorkshire so the Jacobite train looks like fun.
Is Callander to far south to base ourselves? Are there any places to central enough to visit the places I've mentioned? Except for Culloden there are no real must sees for me. It all looks beautiful. Any help would be appreciated. In the meantime I will keep on reading! Thank you.

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