I'm a working holiday maker currently working in England for about a month ago.
The main purpose for me to England is to give myself a chance to travel Europe. So far i haven't been to any other European countries as yet. My first plan is to get to Scotland on December as i have a long holiday by then. I'm planning to rent a car and drive all the way from England to Scotland. I'm wondering how long will i take and secondly, can i drive if i only have a valid Malaysian license.
Next, i'm worrying about the accomodation. As i plan to travel in a very budget way, is there anyone out there knows any cheap accomodation in Edinburgh? I heard that there is this place call "The Edge of the World" in Scotland. I wonder where is this place located and how can i go there? I saw a magazine stating that there's also a very nice scenary there. Hope anyone who has been there before give me some advice and opinion about Scotland.
As for how long the journey will take, it very much depends on where in England you're travelling from, and in fact where in Scotland you are going to. To give you an idea, though, assuming no traffic (unlikely), and assuming from London to the Scottish border, you are probably looking at around 5 or 6 hours if driving at or around the speed limit, non-stop. Bear in mind that your total travel time is much greater still if you are heading on up to Edinburgh or Glasgow or anywhere else.
Depends where in England your traveling from, but on average eight to twelve hours, if your not used to driving in England then I would suggest you hire your car in Scotland and go down by bus or train,
Scotland is my favourite place in the world, and Edibourgh is a lovely city to visit, their are loads of bed and breakfasts, and hostels... get in touch with the Scottish tourist information they will give you a list.
I prefere the west coast of Scotland personaly, its beautifull, dramatic, and incredible, but dont forget places like Stirling, and of course Glen Coe... if your into walking a tramp up the mountains to the secret valley in Glen coe is well worth a few hours, the path takes you past forests, and waterfalls all the way...
Visit the Glenco vistor centre to find your maps of the area.
I would check out if your able to drive on a Malaysian driving licence through the British embassy web site..
the coast is spectacular and a suprise to most of those who have not visited Scotland before the sea is tropical blue, often scattered with tiny emerald green islands... if your going swimming watch out for jelly fish... that coastline is near the gulf stream and the sea is warm enough for jelly fish to breed.