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Planning a trip -- need help.
I need help planning my Scotland holiday. After spending 9 nights in England (London, York, Newcastle), we will be heading into Scotland towards the last week in July. I should mention that I am traveling with my two adventurous Harry Potter fangirls (ages 14 and 11).
Planning on taking a train to Glasgow from Newcastle. Stay one night in Glasgow to check out the city.
Any recommendations on where to stay as we will be arriving via train and using public transport? What to see or do here?
Then plan to take the train up to the Highlands. I have 3 or 4 nights to play with and need to know where I should stay to see/do the following:
Ride The Jacobite Train; Loch Ness/Urquhart Castle; Culloden Battlefield?; Ben Nevis?; and see highland cows. We are very open to suggestions/recommendations in this area that my girls will enjoy. I am open to possibly hiring a car if its better to have one in this area, although I'm a bit nervous of driving on the other side of the road.
Then we end the trip with 2 nights in Edinburgh as we fly home from here. We were in Edinburgh last year and saw most of this area. But my girls LOVED it so much that they want to stay here again.
Thanks so much for any help!