My husband and I will be visiting Scotland for the first time in July for one week and we're very much looking forward to it. Our tentative trip plan is outlined below and I would greatly appreciate any suggestions on it.
Arrive at Glasgow airport. Take train to Edinburgh.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday:
Visit Edinburgh. Take the train to Inverness. Rent a car.
Saturday to Wednesday:
Visit the Scottish Highlands. Is Inverness a good base? Would you recommend any other quaint towns/areas? We're hoping to find a self-catering option for 4 nights, rather than move every couple of days. Interested in visiting Skye, Orkney Islands, and open to other suggestions. We're really hoping to find a beautiful, quiet Highland base where we can get away, take day trips and just enjoy each other's company.
Our interests: Photography, Hiking, Historic sites (Callanish stone sites, Castles, etc.), possible whiskey tour/distillery visit?
Wednesday: Drop off car (in Inverness?). Take a train to Glasgow. Spend the night there and fly out on Thursday morning.
Are we too ambitious? Are there other areas/places to consider as a base? Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer!