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I plan on retiring next spring and have always wanted to travel to Scotland and do a self tour of the country. I had originally thought that we would spend a full 3 weeks in Scotland, but things have now changed. Since this is our first, and maybe last, trip to the UK, my wife thought it would be good to spend a few days in London sometime during the trip. Also, since my planning began, my son has been accepted into the University of Aberystwyth in Wales so we will probably need to spend a few days there. He did a good job of selecting one of the most remote areas of Wales. My question is this: What is a realistic daily travel distance by rental car? We currently reside in Texas and are used to driving 8-10 hours/day (500 miles) to visit family. I bought a map and when I look at it, I have a hard time getting out of the long distance thinking. What looks like a long way on the map really isn't, but the roads also appear to be a bit smaller and twistier. I would appreciate any help in re-configuring my distance thought process.
For our itinerary, I was thinking we might fly into London, spend a few days, then travel to Wales to visit my son for a bit. We would then drive to Scotland and try to find 3 base locations where we could explore for about 4 days each. My wife enjoys cities a bit more than I so we will probably locate around Edinburgh for one base. I would love to explore near Inverness and the west coast. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.