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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 10:05 AM
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Advice on a (hopefully) restful Scottish experience?

My boyfriend and I are planning a two week trip, starting with a week in Ireland and ending in Scotland. Right now, we have plans to fly into Glasgow, leave it immediately, and head to the Isle of Skye. We are struggling with trying to relax/hike/enjoy Skye as much as we can, and to fit in a few sites. It would be nice to drive through Glen Coe, see Culloden, go to Fort William, see Eileen Donan castle, vist Loch Ness, and tour Stirling before flying out of Edinburough (spending two-ish days there first). Since we have 7 days, we need to weed things out. I'm guessing we'll have to skip Culloden and Loch Ness? Can we drive from Skye to Edinburough in one day with time to stop in Stirling, or should we plan a night there?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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When is the trip?

>>go to Fort William
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 11:29 AM
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For the time you have, I don't think you can do better than Janis's suggestion.

If I were coming from the States, I would tend to spend the first day/night in Glasgow to shake off jetlag and cut a day from Inverness, but since you will be coming from Ireland, I think hers will work well.

Time of year matters a lot, though.
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Old Jan 14th, 2013, 11:35 AM
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Thanks JanisJ!

We'll be there the first week in June. I think we'd like to stay three nights on Skye, and we will have just been driving all around Ireland for a week. Would you recommend Loch Ness and the sights around Inverness above taking our time elsewhere, like in Edinburgh? Or perhaps a night in a part of the highlands closer to Skye with less driving? I'm going off of my historical interests, but realistically, I'm afraid of fatigue!
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Three nights on Skye is great. And in June it will be light til VERY late (like til almost 11PM - sunset a bit after 10PM). So you'll be able to tour around the island until quite late.

>>Or perhaps a night in a part of the highlands closer to Skye with less driving?
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We liked Dunrobin Castle north of Inverness a LOT - looks great, outstanding grounds, interesting exhibitions too. http://www.dunrobincastle.co.uk/. No Shakespearean tie-in, but it's a castle-lover's castle. If you want to go to the tip of Britain, the Castle of Mey (vacation home of the Queen Mum) is further north.

Glenmorangie Distillery (#1 selling single malt scotch in Scotland) is on the way to Dunrobin from Inverness.

Culloden is interesting to an extent but it's like all battlefields - mostly foliage with signs (here's where THIS happened, here's where THIS happened).

Blair Castle is very nice to visit on the A9 heading to Edinburgh (see spelling, it just sounds like Edinborough). You'll pass Dalwhinnie Distillery, the highest in Scotland on the way (someone has to look out for your boy's interests).

I'd try to figure out how to stretch the time in Edinburgh and add a night. Scotland > Ireland; Edinburgh > Dublin and the latter's not a close call. If you're going in August, make your accommodation arrangements RIGHT NOW. Edinburgh is festival world in August and swells to about 3x its normal size.
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While BigRuss' suggestions are worthy you barely have time for the sites already on your list - let alone Dunrobin and especially not the Castle of Mey.

But I definitely agree adding day(s) to Scotland would be the best solution.
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