Help me plan a trip to Scotland! I’m mostly just joking about M&D’s but I could be convinced to give it a go! I just very desperately need a trip on the horizon and you lovely British ladies sound like great advisors.
I’m eligible for a 6 week paid sabbatical and my DH has accrued roughly 5 weeks of vacation time so we are targeting the vicinity of May 27 - July 9, 2022 for the entire trip to take advantage of two US holidays. My mother in law is located in Heidelberg so we want to do 2 weeks there. I would like to try a redo of at least the Paris/DLP portion of our not-quite-yet-cancelled trip from this summer, so let’s say 10 days France. That leaves a little under 3 weeks for the UK.
About us: family of 4 from Massachusetts. My boys will be 3.5 and 6.5 during the trip and I will be pulling the oldest from the last month of Kindergarten. We chose Scotland originally based on some urging from friends and because it seemed very family friendly and (if we’re being honest) a tiny bit because of Outlander. We would like to do some hikes, scenic drives, explore many castles and lochs. I spent a summer in London in college so I think my family would also LOVE London as well so I’m thinking that if we have some time that it would be nice to spend a few days there. London also might be an easy way for us to get to Paris.
So my spreadsheet goes like this, 17 nights UK, 6 nights Paris, 4 nights DLP, 15 nights Germany. Fortunately the German lodgings are free. I’ve written in $200 per night for an airBnB in the UK. Is that a reasonable average? I know London will be more, but I found some cottages in both Edinburg and Inverness that are only $100/night.
I can pack light, but not ultra light. I would prefer to spend like 4-5 nights in one location. One thought I had was to rent something near Edinburgh for a full 2 weeks and do some day trips. I would be ok if we took one longer trip and did a single overnight away. Or should I plan to do a week one place and a week further north? What is the best way to see the islands/lochs?
Thank you, thank you for all of your help! I am excited to have this on the long horizon and I know the next year will fly by. And I absolutely love the thought of meeting up with anyone who I can coordinate with. I will bring Reese’s and Jellybeans! (The candy that my German relatives all covet.) Or any requests!