My wife and I are planning to come to Scotland for two weeks or more sometime between Middle of Aug to the end of Oct 2020. This is my first inquire into ideas for places to visiting and things to do. Figure I would give an idea of who we are and see if anyone on the forums might have some suggestions for us to start planning a trip around.
We are both outdoor people who enjoy hiking, camping, and above all else whitewater rafting. This entire trip idea came about when we were not able to secure a permit for some rivers in Idaho. I've briefly looked into rafting in Scotland and was able to find that there were a few rivers that are rafted. Anyone got any input on the rafting or know of an online forum on rafting in the UK? Not even sure it would be the right time of year.
We are really looking to do this on a tight budget as well. Not counting plane tickets my wife has set a budget of 7k US. Honestly, we have NO clue if this is high or low for 2 weeks but I don't want to spend more then 5k US for everything......Please side with me!
From what we were able to figure out last night, Cars are a lot cheaper to rent then in the US. Lodging seems to be over 100 US a night easy but we would be interested in camping or using the car as a base of operations. If we are able to get a place cheap in a small town off the beaten path, sign us up now!
What are the food costs like in Scotland? Would it be best to use a ice chest and buy our own food at the store?
Also, Can we even rent a car in Scotland without issues having just a US ID?
We would really like to check out of historical castles and ruins as well. My wife has just got done reading The Outlander series of books and I've had the pleasure of being addicted to history since I was a child.
What is the weather like during this time a year? Is it a dry season of the year or wet?
I've watched a video on youtube last night of a guy riding a dirtbike down some dirt roads....kings road or some sort. Is this something that is possible to do around this time a year?
How long does it take to travel from say.... Edinburgh to the northern most town in the mainland? I'm used to the open roads of the west while traveling and I don't think going 90 MPH is going to be the average speed.... Maybe 50 MPH average?
Thank you for any information and feel free to ask me any question you might think will help in us planning this trip.
Oh, We are 35 and 36 and have no issues hiking 4 or 5 miles at 800 feet elevation caring both kids. Not sure if that matters but I know next to nothing about Scotland and am trying to give you'll an idea of US.
O'Michael and Ginny
We want to spend at least 10 days out in the "country"... not big normal cities...we love meeting people.