My partner and I (early 30's, relatively fit, good hikers but not mountaineers by any measure) are planning to spend 9 days or so in Scotland in October, with a few days in Edinburgh/Glasgow and then probably about 5 days around Loch Lomond/the Trossachs.
Once we escape the cities, we'd like to spend our time doing good day hikes, enjoying pub food, and maybe hit up a distillery. I gather Loch Lomond is a bit more accessible for this type of thing than Cairngorms (Cairngorms seems to have more remote through-hikes and mountains to climb, and we're looking for something a bit more low-key this trip.)
We typically camp when we travel (often in cold, rainy places), and toyed with the idea of renting a small camper van, but given the time of year/likelihood of rain and chilly weather, having someplace inside with a warm shower at the end of the day is appealing, so we're aiming more toward a B&B/cozy inn for this trip. We're used to sleeping on the ground and self-catering, so we don't necessarily need luxury accommodations or fine dining.
Any ideas for a town or village to base ourselves in for a few days? We don't want it to be a road trip; ideally we wouldn't even have to hire a car, but can do if necessary.
Edit: I've just seen this topic, which may cover some of the same ground! Whoops. I'll have a look there. :)