We will be coming to the UK, from Australia, for about 5 weeks in late September/October this year. We will be free to tour for about three and a half of those weeks and reckon on spending about 11 days in Scotland. Overall we are more interested in rural than city. Our first pass at planning the Scots part of the trip is as follows:
Drive north 2 days from Edinburgh following the coast to the Fraserburgh area. (2 different overnight stops - any ideas?)
Drive west 1 day to Loch Ness. 2 nights at Loch Ness?
Drive west 1 day to Skye. 3 nights on Skye.
Drive south. 2 nights just north of Loch Lomond, with a big day trip around to the east side of the loch through Callander to Inversnaid (and back again).
Drive south to English lakes district (Is that possible in one day?)
I have come up with this trip plan largely by looking at a map and reading other traveller's comments. I have no idea if it is a good one.
Any advice and helpful comments will be appreciated. Whilst I am used to driving long distances in Australia, it may be that some of my planned distances are too long for the type of terrain in Scotland? I don't know.
Finally, is it quite safe in terms of weather, to be doing a trip like this October? From what I have seen so far it should be cold, but not freezing, at that time of year?