As is the norm for us at this time of year, me and the OH are now planning next years holiday. She has decided that this year (next year) she wants to go and see Scotland. Now, I have explained to her that we will require multiple inoculations, a stab and bullet proof vest each and strange money, but this has not yet put her off. I have also put the question "why" to her but it is all to no avail. I thought I'd get that lot out of the way to save you lot having to say it. I have personally done it before with another bird, all be it quite a few years ago and seen as I didn't really like her that much, restricted the visit to places I wanted to go such as Culloden (where I could walk around smirking). So, I'm looking for a good itinerary for a tour. Obviously need to do the "big ones" such as Loch Ness and Edinburgh Castle, but could do with some advice to from someone that has done such a thing before. I may drive the entire way, in which case we are looking at starting on the Cumbria border, or I may fly to one of the airports and hire a car, in which case I am looking at starting from "Airport X". Will have two rug rats in tow, one who will be 11 by then and the other who will be 7, so, anything that may keep them impressed would be a bonus (things such as military museums etc will keep them happy) but will also need to make it interesting for the OH. A MUST will be Edinburgh Castle as my Granddad, who was 3rd Carabineirs and lost his leg in Burma (very thoughtless of him, bet he got billed for it) has his records held at the RSDG Museum and I intend to go have a look. Loch Ness will be another must for the OH and kids. Would be looking at staying in hotels (which I can sort) as we travelled so it isn't really a request for "best hotels" to stay, it's more of a "route" to take and best things to see. Thanks in advance for the informed answers, lick my sack in advance to the likes of MDN's answers.