The Highlands Adventure

This trip takes us way off the beaten path! We'll see winding roads and windswept vistas...

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Day 1 - Monday April 9

Stirling Castle

We will meet in Stirling, which is a one hour train trip from Edinburgh.  (Warren and I will take the train from London and meet you there in the late morning.)

Visit to Stirling Castle

Lodging: 

Rush hour in Kilfinan

Rush hour in Kilfinan

Day 2 - Tuesday April 10

Kilfinan

The only practical way to get to the highlands is by car.  We will rent a car in Stirling (I'm happy to drive!) and make the leisurely 2.5 hour drive to Kilfinan.

Visit Castle MacEwen
(It's a 1 hour hike each way, so those who don't want to go can stay by the cozy fireplace in the pub)

Lodging:

Damn those Campbells and their fancy castle!

Damn those Campbells and their fancy castle!

Oban view from McCaig's Tower

Oban view from McCaig's Tower

Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness.

Urquhart Castle overlooking Loch Ness.

Cairngorns National Park

Cairngorns National Park

Holyroodhouse

Holyroodhouse

Gilmerton Cove

Gilmerton Cove

Day 3 - Wednesday April 11

Oban

It's a scenic 2.5 hour drive to Oban.  Perhaps we could stop in Inveraray to scowl at Castle Campbell and have a seafood lunch at Samphire.  

Lodging:

 

Day 4 - Thursday April 12

Oban

Visit Oban Distillery.  Hike up to McCaig's Tower for the view.

Lodging:

 

Day 5 - Friday April 13

Loch Ness

Visit Loch Ness, and Urquhart Castle.

Lodging:

 

Day 6 - Saturday April 14

Edinburgh

It's a 3 hour drive from Loch Ness to Stirling.  We will Drive through Cairngorms National Park. We could also stop for lunch and a tour of the Dalwhinnie Distillery, if we aren't tired of distilleries by then.  Return the Rental car at the train station in Stirling, then take the 1 hour train to Edinburgh.

Lodging:

  • Hotel Indigo Edinburgh

Day 7 - Sunday April 15

Edinburgh

Visit Edinburgh Castle,  Palace of Holyroodhouse, and Arthur's Seat and generally wander about.

Lodging:

  • Hotel Indigo Edinburgh
 

Day 8 - Monday April 16

Edinburgh

Visit Gilmerton Cove, a mystery cave!

Lodging:

  • Hotel Indigo Edinburgh