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Scotland in 8 full days

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I am traveling to Scotland this summer with my two adult daughters from July 2 (arrival day) until July 10 (early morning flight). The only reservations I've made so far is two nights stay at an apartment type hotel in Edinburgh. I am totally at a loss from there. I have spent many hours trying to map out road trips that will get us everywhere we want to be using travel books, Internet, and helpful advice from people who have been to Scotland before. Unfortunately, I'm more confused on what to do than when I started. I'm thinking of leaving Edinburgh on Saturday and heading to Stirling for a few hours sightseeing including Doune castle, which is close by. There is the Luss Highland games going on near Loch Lomond on that day, so thought about hitting there then moving north towards the Trossachs. Now here's where it gets confusing. Our destination from the Trossachs is the Isle of Skye, where I want to spend at least two full days there exploring the fairy pools and the overall splendor of the isle. My problem is how much time does it take to get there from everything I mentioned? Do I stay somewhere in the area like Callander or move up more north to Oban? I am noticing a lot of places do not have rooms that fit 3 adults, and do not want to spend a small fortune renting two rooms. The same goes for the Isle of Skye. Should I stay somewhere off the isle and drive in daily? A lot of the hotels, B&Bs, and what not are booking up fast, so I need to get this straightened out pretty quick. The other places I want to see while there is Inverness and Loch Ness. I don't want to try to get too much more in and be frantic to get to everything. Any help and suggestions are appreciated!

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    You don't have 8 full days - you have 7 plus any time free on your arrival day (and is this after an overnight flight? If so you really have 7 full useable days)

    >> Stirling for a few hours sightseeing including Doune castle, which is close by. There is the Luss Highland games going on near Loch Lomond on that day, so thought about hitting there then moving north towards the Trossachs.<<

    This is jumping back and forth. Stirling and Doune castles together will take about 4+ hours when you factor in the drive from Edinburgh. So there to Luss will get you to the games in the mid to late afternoon. But the Trossachs are the area between Stilring and Loch Lomond and northwards. After leaving Edinburgh, stay in Callander two nights. See Loch Lomond and the games day one and Stirling/Doune/Inchmahome day two. Driving from Edinburgh to Luss will take about 1.75 to 2 hours. After the Games, Luss to Callander will take maybe 1 hour or a touch more. Leaving Callander to drive out to Skye you are traveling through the Trossachs.

    So now you are heading to Skye >>Should I stay somewhere off the isle and drive in daily?<<

    Absolutely not. Callander to say Broadford on Skye will take about 4 hours plus a stop in Glencoe - so count on 5 or 6 hours.

    >>The other places I want to see while there is Inverness and Loch Ness.<<

    You and everyone else -- they really aren't that great - but are an easy drive from Skye so go ahead. There is NOTHING to see in Inverness itself so tour along Loch Ness and then stay somewhere east of Inverness for one night. Options would include Nairn, Elgin, Grantown-on-Spey or lots of other places.

    You should look for family rooms (but be sure the B&B allows 3 adults and the one of the 'family' doesn't have to be a small child.) Some B&Bs will be able to accommodate you in a double and single rooms.

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