Scotland 2025 Travel Plan

Last updated May 10, 2024.

Flights

Plan to start looking at flights in August 2024. This can vary by airline. You’ll want to arrive in Edinburgh the morning of Saturday June 28, and depart the morning of July 12.

Here are example flights that Julie and I will probably take:

  • New York/Newark EWR to Edinburgh EDI, Friday 8:10 pm to Saturday 7:55 am (next day)
  • Edinburgh EDI to New York/Newark EWR, Saturday 8:25 am to Saturday 12:25 pm

Itinerary

Date Sleeping in… Notes
Fri June 27 Airplane Depart for Edinburgh, arrive next day morning.
Sat June 28 Oban Pickup rental cars at airport, about 2.5 hour drive to Oban with optional stop at Loch Lomond (adds an hour).
Sun June 29 Oban  
Mon June 30 Isle of Skye ~3.5 hour drive to Skye. House of Juniper Cabins in Broadford.
Tue July 1 Isle of Skye  
Wed July 2 Inverness ~2.5 hour drive to Inverness. Ness Castle Lodges, Dores Road, Inverness, IV2 6DH, United Kingdom
Thu July 3 Inverness  
Fri July 4 Inverness  
Sat July 5 Inverness  
Sun July 6 Falkland Village ~2.5 hour drive to Falkland Village. 35 minutes to St Andrews, 1 hour to Edinburgh, 38 minutes to Dundee, 30 minutes to Perth.
Mon July 7 Falkland Village Best way into Edinburgh is probably to park at the Kinross Park & Ride, take the megabus m90 or m92 to the Edinburgh bus station. 18 minute drive from Ladyross house to Kinross Park & Ride, 50 minute bus ride.
Tue July 8 Falkland Village  
Wed July 9 Falkland Village  
Thu July 10 Falkland Village  
Fri July 11 Falkland Village  
Sat July 12 Home Return flights home

Lodging

  • Oban
    • We have a booking for two nights that would work, but I think we can do better. Will revisit in August 2024 and see if better options are available.
    • Strathnaver
    • Google maps
    • Cost is £1,480, or $1,854. $67 per person per night.
    • Our rooms:
      • One family room with a queen and double
      • Three king rooms
      • Three double rooms
  • Isle of Skye
    • House of Juniper Cabins in Broadford.
    • Google maps
    • 6 regular cabins, 1 family cabin. Cost per person
    • $3847 for this arrangement, or $138 per person per night.
    • Pending answer from cabin on sofa bed, might reduce to 5 regular cabins plus 1 family cabin which will lower the cost.
  • Inverness
    • Ness Castle Lodges
    • Google maps
    • Cost per night per person (child not included): $116.90
    • Our homes:
      • Ghillies Lodge, three double bedrooms (double or twin beds), all with ensuite bathrooms which have a separate shower and bath
      • Benula Lodge, four bedrooms, one double bedroom and shower room, single bedroom, shower room including wc, two double bedrooms, both en-suite.
      • Weir Cottage, three bedrooms – a double with en-suite bathroom, and two single rooms with a shared family bathroom which has a shower over the bath.
  • Fife / St Andrews / Edinburgh
    • Ladywell House & The Steading Cottage, Fife
    • Google maps.
    • Cost per night per person (child not included): $74.33
    • 9 total bedrooms
      • Shand Kydd, the master being a large double with King bed, and a large en-suite with walk in shower and roll-top bath.
      • Palace is a twin room with stunning views and twin beds. It has an en-suite shower room with shower, wc and whb.
      • Diana is the room decorated for Diana, and is south facing with a yellow theme. It has a king bed and ensuite shower, wc and whb.
      • Lomond is a large and bright twin room, also south-facing, and has a family bathroom with roll-top bath, wc and whb next to it.
      • Wills and Harry, the rooms used by the Princes when they stayed with their grandmother, are on the second floor. Both are large and airy, and share a family bathroom with bath, wc and whb.
      • Steading cottage has two double bedrooms, one featuring a spacious en-suite bathroom complete with a bath and shower combination. There’s also a smaller room with bunk beds, perfect for children or extra guests. Additionally, a large family bathroom features a luxurious, walk-in rainfall shower.

Fees Incurred and Planned

Refer to Splitwise to see if payments are due.

Date Description Amount
April 21, 2024 Ladywell 1/2 Payment $3,122.00

Expected payments in the future (actual amounts will depend on USD go GBP conversion). We might pre-pay for the rental cars if there’s a significant savings offered. Plan is to get four vehicles that can hold 4-5 people each.

Date Description Amount
May 15, 2025 Isle of Skye Housing Payment for House of Juniper £3,070
June 15, 2025 Ladywell Final 1/2 Payment $3,122.00
June 15, 2025 Inverness Housing Payment $6,546.19
June 15, 2025 Oban Housing Payment £1,480
July 12, 2025 Rental Cars $4,500