We are planning a vist the end of August to the Highlands and Edinburgh for two weeks. I've plotted out a tentative itinerary, I'd appreciate suggestions if you think it's doable or not.
We arrive Edinburgh Airport, rent car and drive to Loch Ness area where we're staying for 5 nights as our central base.
Day 1 - tour Culloden, Clava Cairns, Fort George and Inverness - too much in one day? We will be fairly close to Inverness and expect to go there again for dinner as well on another day.
Day 2 - husband and son will play golf at Royal Dornoch while I plan to visit Dunrobin Castle and environs.
Day 3 - visit Glen Affric area, Beauly, cruise on Loch Ness, Urqu. Castle. Since we're staying on Loch Ness, should we forego the cruise and spend more time at Glen Affric?
Day 4 - guided tour to Skye and Glen Webster area, we will not be driving ourselves
Then we're driving to Islay, spending two nights there before we drive to Edinburgh where we will spend 5 nights. I'd love to see Glencoe, is it viable to drive from Kennacraig (where we depart ferry at approx. 11 am) to Glencoe area and then on to Edinburgh Airport (to return rental car by 7:30 pm?) Is that enough time to take in the area, plus the drive itself?
I plan to rent a car once or twice that week for day trips outside Edinburgh (didn't want to keep it since I hear parking is impossible, especially during the festivals period). Any good suggestions for day trips outside Edinburgh?
My 17 yr old son and husband, unfortunately, are not as enthusiastic about castles as I am, but are there some really good ones we should not miss near Edinburgh?
Thanks for all your help, I'm so looking forward to this trip!