We will be arriving at Heathrow late the evening of the 18th and need to be in Edinburgh by noon-ish to early afternoon on the 25th to allow plenty of time to get to a performance at the Edinburgh Playhouse that evening. Our B&B in Edinburgh is within easy walking distance and has free parking!
We will be picking up a rental car on the morning of the 20th. The only requirement is that, at some point, we would like to be in the vicinity of Whitby (York seems the best bet) to meet friends for a meal.
I recognize this is very open ended, but would love any recommendations for possible routes. I have not driven in the UK before, but have driven on St. John (left side in American cars), much of the mainland of Greece and Santorini and Manhattan on several occasions so am fairly comfortable in my ability to adapt and enjoy the journey.
Of course, the choice of route is dependent on the sites to be visited.
We are definitely not shoppers nor interested in high end meals. You couldn't see everything in 50 trips so I'm just looking for a few things that we can really enjoy and a balance between history and castles, churches and architecture, short walks (5K or less - our hiking days are past) or village strolls. The extras would be the scenery of the drive itself.