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Scotland Itinerary

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I'm ready to bounce a very preliminary itinerary off of you fine folks, this one being for a 9-day Scotland leg of a combined Ireland/Scotland trip. I know how this works as I've used Fodor's numerous times for trip planning, so don't be afraid to rip this apart. This is very preliminary with nothing booked yet except for the main flights to and from Dublin. The premise for this one is that we (a) do not have any 1-night stays for the efficiency of it, and (b) do not have any longer that 4 hour drives between stays. Other versions of this itinerary have some 1-night stays with shorter drives, so that's just the natural trade-off.

Day 1 - arrive EDI around 2pm, rent a car, drive to the Trossachs through Stirling (standard stop at Stirling castle), possibly stop first in Falkirk for the sites there, stay overnight somewhere around Aberfoyle/Drymen/Balloch.
Day 2 - explore the Trossachs and Loch Lomond all day and stay night 2 at the same place.
Day 3 - Drive 3.5 hours (per MapQuest) to Dorie, stopping at Glencoe at least, and other places along Lock Lomond time permitting. Overnight in Dorie. We are proposing this instead of going into Skye to save the 30-60min additional drive to stay under 4 hours.
Day 4 - Day trip into Skye, visit Eilean Donan Castle, stay night 2 in Dorie
Day 5 - Drive 3.5 hours to Aviemore, stopping at Loch Ness and Inverness. Overnight in Aviemore/Kingussie.
Day 6 - Explore Cairngorm National Park, stay night 2 at the same place.
Day 7 - Drive 2.75 hours to Edinburgh, possibly with side trip to St. Andrews if we want to stretch it out. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 8 - Explore Edinburgh, stay night 2 in same place.
Day 9 - Explore Edinburgh, day trips out from Edinburgh, stay night 3 in same place.
Day 10 - Return car, Fly back to Dublin for the 2nd half of the trip.

Less detailed summary:
Arrive Edinburgh
Drive ~ 2hrs
2 nights Trossachs
Drive ~ 3.5hrs
2 nights Dorie
Drive ~ 3.5hrs
2 nights Aviemore
Drive ~ 3 hrs
3 nights Edinburgh

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