Average Maximum Temperature: 15°C/ 59°F  Days of rainfall: 13 Sunshine hours: 150. It is also normally quite mild and the nights are getting longer too then before the summer!" However, travellers planning to visit the Highland regions between May and September are advised to find out in advance about the intensity of Midges in their areas of the visit. Average temperatures will never drop below freezing; instead, hovering between about 0 and 5°C. You can even play a round of golf in the middle of the night in parts of Scotland. Welcome to the world, as seen through the eyes of Cameron and Natasha. You can now search our website to see what businesses are open and signed up to the Good to Go scheme. Hogmanay is a Scottish Festival to celebrate the New Year. Trip idea: If you've always wanted to visit the faraway isles of Orkney and Shetland, this could be your chance! The second option being a trench coat jacket for travel for those looking to maintain style while dodging puddles. Hogmanay New Year's Celebrations kick off on 30 December and continue through January 1. Trip idea: Why not book an adventure walking holiday with a group of likeminded outdoors enthusiasts, or perhaps a watersports course at one of Scotland's many activity centres? As well as glittering constellations, you could catch the Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky. Andrew’s Day also on November 30th and celebrates the life of Saint Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint. Updated: October 21, 2019. Still, no matter which season you visit Scotland in, be sure to pack a sweater, or buy a good wool one there (that’s what we did). If this is your favorite season, you’ll probably fall in love with your time here. Slather on insect repellent that's specific for the nasty little beasties (as the Scots are wont to call them) and, if you camp, use mosquito netting. St Andrews Day takes place on 30 November every year, a celebration of Scotland's patron saint. We value your privacy. Edinburgh also hosts the Edinburgh Coffee Fest and the Scottish International Story Festival. Have a look at the Scotland Events page for all the month by month events listings. Spring will reach its peak during this month. Our community says: "I think mid- April is the best time in Scotland, we are finally coming out of the long (but lovely) winter and everything is coming back to life! - Lindsay, VisitScotland Community. But those who really want to let their hair down return year after year for the fabulous Edinburgh Hogmanay Party event. It's also a great time of year for a cruise on a Scottish loch, particularly Loch Lomond or Loch Katrine. There are many poetry readings held on this day. Ospreys arrive at a few spots, all the way from Africa, to nest here for the summer. Elaine -  VisitScotland Community. retreats. Although it’s warming up it’s still off season for travel to Scotland so you’ll be able to score some good deals on car rentals and hotels. There are also five ski resorts in Scotland that provide excellent value in Europe. Try a wellness break or book a cute cottage by the coast and spend some time in the fresh sea air. Shoulder Season (May-June and Late September-November): We’ve traveled to Scotland during the shoulder season and loved it. But spring is definitely in the air. Technical pants are water-resistant and dry quickly, not to mention they’re comfortable on long walks. SPRING is a beautiful time of year to visit Scotland for our clean fresh air, plants and flowers, and to see the mountains, lochs and countryside in all their scenic splendour. Otherwise this is a month to stay indoors, nurse a single malt by a fire, to go to a Panto, or join a Christmas house party at Scottish country hotel. Avoiding the peak months of July and August is a wise move if you can manage it, although given the nature of the Highlands there is plenty of wide open spaces for everyone to enjoy. Compared to how much rain the rest of Scotland gets, Edinburgh is relatively dry. Have A Laugh With Some The good thing about summer is that Edinburgh is buzzing. Trip idea: Take the chance to explore South Scotland and treat yourself to a luxury stay. The best time to visit Scotland depends on where you're going and what you're hoping to see. Rainfall will actually be a bit lower than the summer, as the early days of fall tend to be crisp and dry. This is also the busiest time of year, bringing the most tourists and the highest prices on accommodation and airfare. You’ll want to break out some warmer gear starting this month, in case of sudden drops in temperature. Average Maximum Temperature: 11°C/ 52°F  Days of rainfall: 18 Sunshine hours: 75.5. Read about our full experience at Hogmanay here! You could spend your entire holiday visiting, learning and discovering more about clans and their homes. This question, which we are often asked here at VisitScotland, has 12 correct answers! It's the perfect time of year to plan a road trip, coastal holiday or maybe an island adventure. For something a little more relaxing, you could also try a yoga retreat in some of Scotland's most peaceful landscapes. Keep an eye out for pumpkin picking events on farms across Scotland, such as Cairnie Fruit Farm in Fife, Arnprior Farm in Stirling, or Spud Hut near Inverness. Best time of year to visit Scotland June through August is considered to be the best time to visit Scotland regarding pleasant weather and numerous festivities such as Highland Games, Edinburgh Military Tattoo, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. SUMMER is another nice time to visit Scotland, and to be perfectly honest, some years there’s not too much of a difference weather wise, from spring to summer. Scotland, with his rich royal and clan history, is full of castles, estates and mansions. And, it's not just humans who enjoy June in Scotland. When is the Best Time to Go to Scotland for Good Weather? Midges are small flying insects that can sometimes spoil your trip. Anytime between April and September would be a good time for golf. Cold weather, bitter damp and extremely short days. - KenXro, VisitScotland Community. It is a jolly time to take in some of the winter landscapes on invigorating walks in the countryside. This is officially the start of the top travel time for Scotland as a whole (particularly the Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Orkney, and Edinburgh) thanks to much warmer weather and sunnier days. Admire the colours of Perthshire, and don't miss a chance to visit the Enchanted Forest a mesmerising light event exploring a magical forest just outside the town of Pitlochry. December ushers in an average temperature of 5°C. The temperature hovers in the 50s in May and there is usually less rain. Our community says: "In terms of a good walking route that is a challenge but not too crazy, I did Schiehallion last August and absolutely loved it. This is peak season and the prices will go up the closer to your dates you get. It's a time of year when people begin to get outdoors for kayaking, canoeing and hiking. The best time to visit Scotland is during spring (late March to May) and fall (September to November). Please check the event website directly for the latest information. Another month of warm weather and long days. The museums and attractions are full, the campsites are packed and the prettiest routes are clogged with traffic. One of the warmest months, a good chance of sunshine and the highest temperatures. October is another fabulous month to visit Scotland. From seasonal highlights to events, weather to trips and days out ideas, this is our month-by-month guide to visiting Scotland. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. You have two options for styles of rain jackets. Although it’s fall, September is still a popular time to travel Scotland.

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