I am an American currently based in Manchester, England, and am planning a holiday for my visiting family (brother, sister-in-law, and 4 year old niece) in late May/early June. We were planning to take the train from Manchester to Keswick (thanks to a previous forum on discussion on this site, I now know how to do that!), spend 3 nights or so in Keswick (if we can find a place to stay that is child- friendly), and then we wanted to spend the majority of our time in Scotland (where none of us have ever been before). We heard that the Ayr is lovely, but could use more practical suggestions on where to go in Scotland from the Lake District, as well as how to get from point A to point B.
I imagine that a car might give us more freedom to see the countryside, but I am a bit nervous about driving on the left side of the road. (I'm driving here now my US license and taking lessons for the UK test). I'd welcome suggestions on whether renting a car is a better option that taking the trains. Do you need a car in Keswick? In Scotland?
Thanks so much for your help!