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I posted recently about spending a week in Scotland in May; I'm starting a new post as my plans have undergone a real revision.

The family is on board and as soon as I take the plunge of buying the tickets we will be on our way to actually spending 2 weeks in Scotland in June.

Please give me an idea if I'm on the right track. I would like to fly into Glasgow as it looks like we can bypass a layover at LHR by flying directly there. I am really trying to avoid as much driving for my husband and have decided to base ourselves in a few key areas.

I'm thinking we would take the train from Glasgow to Inverness. We will buy a Family Railcard as that seems to make a difference in savings. We will rent a car in Inverness and spend about 4-5 days in that area. I would like to stay in a NT cottage at Brodie Castle, which even if we don't stay the requisite week will still be cheaper than a room at a B&B. In this area we will visit, Fort George, my husband is an ex-military man, Culloden, Brodie of course, and Cawdor.

Now we can do this two ways; we can take the car back to Inverness and then take the train to Aberdeen for 3 or 4 days. We want to see Crathes Castle and a bit of the sea. Of course if we take this course we need to rent a car in Aberdeen to visit sites in area. Here I'm a bit hazy about what else to visit.

The second choice is to drive from Brodie Castle to Aberdeen. My daughter wants to see the sea and maybe this could be a nice drive along the coast?

After this we would take the train to Edinburgh from Aberdeen and spend a lovely 5 days in Edinburgh, taking a day trip to see Stirling. Of course then we take a train back to Glasgow and stay a couple of days. Tea at the Willow Tea Rooms sounds like a treat. Then home. The airfares this way as opposed to flying Phoenix to Philadelphia, to LHR, to Edinburgh aren't that unreasonable considering we don't have the layover at LHR. I've always been able to get great train fares, by buying in advance at the right times.

Again, the idea is to see as much as we can without driving more than 1.5 hours at a time one way. My husband understands that the possible trip to Aberdeen would be more.

We are in our late fifties, pretty energetic, with a fifteen year old daughter; but I certainly tire more easily than I used too and public transportation is tough on me. From what I've read buses in the Highlands are not the way to go; hence my husband agreeing to drive
some.

In the past couple of trips to the UK trains have been a hardship; trying to find room for the suitcase amongst the strollers and hoisting it up on top of the seats has been tough; but again DH doesn't love to drive, so although we have some time to drive, sometimes it is just too far and long for him.

Please comment on my plans. I know that I'm probably to and froing too much and would love some suggestions. My daughter is just thrilled to bits to be going back to Edinburgh and spending time at the Last Drop!

Thank you.

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