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Scotland or England or BOTH - family vacation with kids

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My husband and I have never been to Europe, and we've decided to take our first trip there - with our two kids (who will be 12 and 9) - in June or July 2016. Of course, I am overwhelmed with the possibilities. I don't know whether we should focus only on England, or only on Scotland, or, perhaps we could fit in England and Scotland in one trip.

Our trip length will be for 9 nights. I would love to see beautiful countryside, explore nature and historical sites (castles, ruins), maybe spend some amount of time in a city (maybe a few days or so), eat great food. We would be flying in from Florida, and I expect that we would rent a car to explore more rural areas. I'm fine with trains and other public transport in cities. My kids are great travelers and easily adaptable, though they've never been overseas.

I've been advised to:
- Stay only in London, and use it as a home base to explore via day trips
- Spend half the time in London and half in Paris (but I'd rather not only stay in cities)

I'm tempted to plan either a trip only to Scotland or a trip to London (few days) then Scotland.

Any suggestions?

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