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Scotland Itinerary getting better, still needs your expertise!

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Thanks to everyone for the guidance on my first post. To review the bidding, this is the trip of a lifetime to Scotland in end of June 2014. My good pal is coming with. We're mid-sixties. This is probably the only time I will get to Scotland and I'm torn between wanting to squeeze in everything I can versus making sure we have time to breathe and just enjoy being there. I'd like to make it a little of everything & I know that lack of focus makes it more challenging. So with the idea of variety, here's where I am so far:

Travel - overnight to Edinburgh

Day 1 - Edinburgh - early arrival, check in (if possible), walk through New Town, Georgian House (around the corner from our rental); Lunch; hop/on hop off bus; find groceries (is there a service that could do that for us?); Dinner; crash

Day 2 Edinburgh Royal Mile & old town

Day 3 Edinburgh Royal Mile cont'd; Nat'l Museum of Scotland

Day 4 Rabbie's Day Trip to Rosslyn & Borders

Day 5 Edinburgh -Botanical Gardens... whatever else we haven't seen (Arthurs's Seat)
[dinner in Leith, hopefully via Water of Leith Walk)

Day 6 -- Stirling/Bannockburn
Hope to be there for the re-enactment either June 28/29/30
(Can we go via Hopetoun House &/or Culross or is that too much?)
Overnight: TBD

Day 7 - Drummond Castle Gardens>Blair Castle> Pitlochry area &
Edradour distillery
Overnight: TBD

Day 8 -- this is where I get lost

Day 9 -- ditto

I was thinking it would be great to do Culloden/Clava Cairns (unless you say not to bother. I like the idea of seeing the great success and the great defeat, like bookends), lunch in Inverness, then start down Loch Ness enroute to Skye. But it's how best & what to see from one area to another that's a problem. I'd love to see Dunnottar, but am concerned that it's far away. Would love to see Craigevar, Fraser, Crathes, Glamis... but also concerned that this is Castle overkill.
And is there one major distillery that we really should include.

Day 10- Loch Ness (with a boat right on the lake OR the gondola up to see Ben Nevis) enroute to Skye via bridge
(Overnight Portree or ...)

Day 11- Skye w/ Tallisker
(overnight TBD)

Day 12 - Skye

Day 13 Ferry to Mallaig, stop at beaches >Glen Coe> Trossachs area for overnight

Day 14 whatever we can fit in before we head to Glasgow or Edinburgh airport & home


Thanks in advance for all your guidance!

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