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5-night Road Trip itinerary?
Aloha! Visiting Scotland from Hawaii in mid-June with my husband and 11-year-old son. We'll arrive in Edinburgh around 11:00 am by train from London (after 8 days there) and spend that night in Edinburgh before hitting the road early the next morning. What should be our Edinburgh priorities in just half a day (a Saturday)? Tentatively thinking Edinburgh Castle, then walk the Royal Mile to Holyrood Palace? (We may also have a few hours the day we leave). Suggestions for car rental?
The next day we're planning to drive to Inverness where we'll spend that night. Best route? Must stops along the way and/or around Inverness?
Next day we'll drive to Isle of Skye where we'll spend 2 nights in Portree. Best route and stops along the way? Must do's on Isle of Skye with probable 1.5 - 2 days?
Then on to Stirling for a night. Again, route and stops? The next day we'll go back to Edinburgh to return car and spend a few more hours if we have it before catching a train back to London around 5:30 pm.
I appreciate any any suggestions anyone has. We already have lodging reservations in the above towns, but can cancel them if there's a better itinerary for this amount of time? We've never been to Scotland and are hoping to squeeze in as much as we can. We will have an 11 year old with us, but he's very bright and finds history interesting. We'd like to see castles, nature / scenery, learn some history, etc. I've also recently learned many of my ancestors immigrated to the US from Scotland in the 1700s, so curious if I feel a connection to the place. (Interestingly, my 14th great grandfather was brother to the Wizard of West Bow, who sounds horrible, if anyone has heard of him? Lol. The family name of ancestors are Weir / Vere and also Hutton). We live on a very small island, so long car rides might be difficult (new experience for us) - would be good to break it up. Thank you to anyone who has advice to give.