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The Best Time to Visit Scotland

Scotland is home to magnificent mountainous scenery, bountiful beautiful beaches, the loch ness monster, highland coos (yes, coos not cows) and hairy haggis’. You’ll hear the bagpipes on your travels as well as hearing lots of different accents too, often quite strong and spoken considerably fast. A mysterious land of whisky and tartan, Scotland is known for seasonal events and outdoor adventures where there’s a great deal to discover. Depending on what you would like from your holiday or weekend getaway, trust us… there is never a bad time to visit Caledonia. It solely depends on what you want to see and do whilst you’re here. We would suggest doing your research before you organise travel and accommodation. For advice and top tips for the best time to visit Scotland, dinnae mess aboot and read on…

What time of year is the best to visit Scotland?

Some seek sunshine on holidays others seek adventure no matter the climate. Visiting Scotland from June until August are the most popular months as summer has more daylight hours for exploring. Shoulder season is also popular due it being a lot quieter which is just before or just after summer (May/September) Top Trespass Tip – The weather is incredibly unpredictable in Scotland and you could face all seasons in one day so we would suggest being prepared for the everyday with packaway jackets. Although Scotland is most popular in the warmer months, you can fall in love with this country at any time of the year. We love that you get to appreciate every passing season. That each month is truly unique and whether you’re in the heart of one of the bustling cities, rolling countryside’s or charming coastlines, Scotland is a place for sanctuary and is sure to enchant regardless of the forecast.

When are midges worst in Scotland?

What are midges? Midges are small flies that travel in large groups and bombard their victims. Unlike mosquitos, midges don’t carry disease… they’re just really irritating. Midge season in Scotland starts in May and ends in September due to the weather being warmer and humid. The midges are known to be the worst in the Highlands so if you’re travelling and wild-camping at night, we would suggest taking insect repellent spray and insect repellent clothing with you.

Best time to visit Scotland for Golfing

The Scottish golf season starts at the beginning of April and ends in October. If you’re an avid golfer and you haven’t visited Scotland for a round of 18 holes, where have you been all this time? The Old Course at St Andrews is considered the oldest golf course in the world and commonly known as ‘The Home of Golf’. The game originated in Scotland so you couldn’t visit without having a go at least! If you aren’t a golfer or you have the family with you, there are a lot of fun mini golf courses spotted across the country, often open during peak season.

The link courses within Scotland can be played on throughout the year as their proximity to the sea generally makes the climate much drier than closer to the mainland. The best weather is from the month of May through to September when the grey clouds have scattered to make room for some blue skies and sunshine. With the temperatures being higher and visibility clearer, this makes it the perfect time of year for golf.

Best time to visit Scotland for Walking/Hiking

You can walk or hike in whatever season, depending on personal experience and skill. Conversely, we would recommend visiting Scotland during spring, summer and autumn. In spring, the weather is reasonable with a milder breeze in the air. Along your travels you will capture Scottish wildlife and the wealth of flora and fauna that are in full bloom. For walkers and hikers that prefer milder temperatures spring is a perfect time to visit. There is always a chance of a rainy day here and there but as the old Scottish saying goes ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!’… That’s where we come in. Waterproof jackets, trousers and boots are all essential kit for walking and hiking holidays.

Summer is the peak season in Scotland for tourism as the weather is warmer and the days are longer. Though, as we’ve said before, always prepare for the unprepared! We would always recommend to pack layers due to the changeable weather conditions. Summer in Scotland is full of life with bright warm colours, natural sunlight and beautiful landscapes that truly come to life. In autumn, the temperatures drop and the days become a lot cooler with bright crisp mornings and blue skies in an array of berry reds, rust oranges and yellows. Autumn is definitely one of the most picturesque seasons as the landscape holds a gradient of warm colours that add to Scotland’s natural beauty. If you’re a keen photographer hillwalking would be a perfect opportunity for you to capture the rugged mountains covered in wild heather.

Best time to visit Scotland for Skiing

The ski season in Scotland usually runs from December through to early April depending on snowfall. Snow conditions are changeable (just like the rain) but generally the best time to visit is from January to April. There are ski resorts across the country including Glencoe, Aviemore and Cairngorms which are considered just as good as those in the Alps. People often ask; where is the best snow in Scotland? Cairngorms National Park is number one boasting the snowiest days in the country with an average of 76 days of snow each year. When it comes to visiting Scotland, visiting for a ski trip can be one of the most greatest experiences.

Best time to visit Scotland for Camping

The best time to visit Scotland for a camping holiday is April and May as there are no midges until later in the year when it gets warmer. Late spring and the start of June is generally the driest time in Scotland although there will always be a few wet days. Camping is also very popular in winter as the nights shorten, the darker skies roll in with spectacular views of the midnight stars. There is also a lack of midges in winter which is a big plus! While temperatures are at their lowest, it can definitely create some complications but there’s nothing a fire, a warm fleece and a cuppa won’t fix. We would also recommend taking hot water bottles, thermal flasks and some reusable hand warmers with you to help beat the cold and the damp.