I have always wanted to visit Scotland, yet only recently have I been able to take my dream in hand and consider the reality. Now that reality is setting in, I am not sure when to go, where to go or what to see, much less how much to anticipate budgeting for my trip. I will be traveling alone for the first time. I am a hopeless romantic. I love castles and beautiful scenery. I don't mind visiting larger cities, but yearn for the out-of-the-way places that are not commonly traveled. The Highlands would be my first choice and I don't mind the cold weather. Horseback riding would be something I would love to try, but not in a restricted area. Again, I have not booked anything. I am hoping to travel within the next year. I look forward to any ideas or suggestions anyone may have. Thank you in advance!