My husband and I (early sixties) are planning a trip which, until very recently, had a bookmarked folder called "Somewhere in 2015." We have now (finally) pretty much settled on Scotland and England. We will have 16 nights, arriving on 9/27 and leaving on 10/14. So far my plan is to arrive in Edinburgh and leave from London. Everything in the middle is still a blank (ish) space although I am certainly going to make specific plans.
What is keeping my curser hovering instead of selecting is my concern over the potential bad weather in Scotland. I know, I know you've heard this before. BUT we are not travelers who enjoy spending loads of time on vacations seeing museums, interiors of historic buildings, or (DEFINITELY not) shopping. We prefer walking the streets, sitting (outside when possible) in cafes/pubs drinking and listening to local music, and driving/walking in areas of scenic beauty. I know there is plenty of scenic beauty in Scotland but, frankly, the threat of weather which will obscure most of it is a little daunting.
I realize the weather could be picture postcard perfect in Sept/Oct. Or not. Obviously its the "not" that I feel like I have to plan for. So…what's Scotland - specifically the highlands and western beaches - like when the weather is continually rainy and cloudy? I'm not concerned about our city stay (probably 2 nights) but our plan is to rent a car and drive for three or four days (and…we have yet to experience driving on the wrong side). Would we still get a sense of the magic and majesty of the highlands and the beaches in continued gloom? Am I an ass for worrying about this? Probably. :)