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My husband and I plan to explore parts of Scotland in May 2019. Our goal is to use public transport the majority of the time. A broad outline of our travel (subject to change) is one week in the Inner Hebrides, a second week between Fort William and Inverness, and the third week in the north near John O'Groats and Orkney. My initial questions then are about transportation and accommodation.
1. Is it reasonable that we can travel this route with public transportation, allowing for a car rental on Orkney?
2. Flexibility of accommodation. We are NOT planning on visiting Skye or walking any of the national trails, e.g. The West Highland Way. But we are planning on walking 6-10 km frequently depending upon our location. Do we need to book accommodation months in advance or can we wing it with 2-3 days in advance? Our accommodation preference is family owned guest houses, b&b's and/or hostels.
Thank you for your thoughts and ideas regarding transportation and accommodation. I know I'll be back with other more specific questions.