I see another thread here about advice, but not really in regards to the info I'd like. So I hope it's ok that I am here asking the locals some questions. I am pricing out (and somewhat planning) our June 2012 trip to London/Scotland. It will be the 4 of us, DH, dd 6 and ds 7 at the time, and myself. We are really mostly focused on Scotland as we are tracing back our ancestoral roots which leads us to Inverness as a base point. So, I would love all your hidden secrets... this is the main form of the trip... Fly in to London, spend 3 full days with the HOHO buses doing our tourist thing. Any secret restaurants or shops are most welcomed (being along the routes of the buses.) Take the train to Edinburgh, do 2 nights there. Perhaps train it up to Inverness and rent a car from that point. Stay in Inverness for 5-6 nights, then return car to edinburgh and back to London for our flight out. This is all pretty tentative and can change. I was wondering about doing London on the last leg of our trip, and Scotland first. What to do in Edinburgh? We may rent the car from this point and drive up the coast to Inverness and keep the car all week. Inverness-I'd like to send dh off fishing for a half a day some how some way. Get some alone time and relax. Not sure how to go about this. We will be heading up into the Highlands for sure on a drive, but also that is where my roots trace back (MacBeath) and dh's trace to Elgin (east of Inverness) so we will be driving out that way. Also to see Culloden moor (McIntosh) So these are our main focus points, but would love love love your little secret favorite spots, or any advice. I love history... love love love history. I know there is much we won't get to see. Also, kid friendly things from time to time. I can't have them getting bored because that opens a can of worms that is NOT fun. On the last note, my dream stay in Inverness is on the coast in a cottage. Can be within a 15 min drive from Inverness as well, we will have a car and don't mind driving (even with the high fuel costs). It is worth it to us. Thanks in advance for any help, I REALLY appreciate it!!