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Scotland 1-week itinerary: Edinburgh + Highlands

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Hi - thanks again to all who helped me narrow down options for a 1-week solo trip in early June, and ultimately inspired me to choose Scotland. Here's the tentative itinerary for your input. I was sorely tempted by Orkney, but in the end the logistics weren't going to work out neatly, and I think I'd rather see the Highlands for my first time in Scotland. Orkney will be another trip.

To recap, special interests include medieval history, prehistory, medieval-era castles (esp. ruins), outdoors and nature, dramatic scenery and the coast.

I've decided to skip Glasgow this trip. I'd like to keep it to just one city in order to have more time in the countryside, and Edinburgh appeals much more.

Finally, I won't be renting a car. I'm not a great driver at home in the States. The UK probably isn't the place to find out that I'm also not a great driver in Europe. :)

Day 1
Arrive EDI midday
Afternoon open to wander and get oriented

Day 2
Edinburgh Castle
Holyroodhouse
Arthur’s Seat

Day 3
National Museum of Scotland
Dunfermline Abbey or Rosslyn Chapel

Day 4
Open day. I'd thought of training up to Stonehaven & Dunnottar Castle, or following Gardyloo's idea to take a day tour down into Northumberland. But since the next few days will involve some transit time, I'm not sure how much time I want to spend on a train or bus. Other suggestions closer to town are welcome!

Day 5
Edinburgh > Oban with a little detour via Glencoe. I'd like to hire a private driver/guide for this. Are there any companies you might recommend? Other suggested stops along the way? I'm not sold on Stirling but could reconsider.
Base in Oban

Day 6
Day tour of Argyll prehistoric sites (Dunadd & Kilmartin)

Day 7
Day trip to Mull & Iona by ferry. Staffa looks tempting, but I'd rather spend extra time on Iona.

Day 8
Train Oban > Edinburgh via Glasgow
Overnight in Edinburgh

Day 9
Depart EDI

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