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Inverness to Edinburgh and what's in between.
I am coming to Scotland at the end of June with my family (wife, 16 yr old son and 12 yr old daughter) and am looking for some advice for a portion of our trip. We're flying in to Inverness from Belfast (arriving about noon on a Tuesday), and are planning on taking the Jacobite steam train the following day (Wednesday) from Fort William at 14:30, returning to Fort William at 20:30 that same day. Our plan is to be in Edinburgh the following day (ideally arriving not too late on Thursday).
My questions are:
Should we stay in Inverness, Fort William or somewhere in between or nearby that first night?
Should we stay in Fort William, somewhere near by, OR somewhere on the way to Edinburgh after the Jacobite train?
Are there any special (yet affordable) accommodation options along the way?
What are "must see" stops between Inverness and Fort William and between Fort William and Edinburgh?
I know that there
A little about us: We live in San Francisco, have traveled all over the world, but have not yet been to Scotland. Our kids are veteran travelers, up for adventure, but are not necessarily excited about hiking (although we do occasionally force them to).
We love the idea of staying in historic properties, but are not high end travelers, don't care how many "stars" a place has, and generally don't like to spend a "lot" (I know...subjective) on accommodations.....although would be willing to spend a bit more on a special place that creates a unique experience.
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer.