Imagine yourself on a summer vacation in Scotland, exploring ancient ruins, learning about mythical tales, travelling through sweeping landscapes, and meeting friendly locals. With summer vacation in Scotland, you can expect all of this and more.
Whether you’re already planning a trip to Scotland or just looking for ideas, our local experts in Edinburgh have you covered. This Scottish summer guide will tell you what to do, where to go, and what to expect from the weather.
Scotland is a beautiful country all year, but summer is especially exciting, with so much to see and do. So, let’s get into the specifics details.
When is summer in Scotland?
Since Scotland is in the Northern Hemisphere, the summer months are June, July, and August. You could also go during the “shoulder season” of April, May, and September when the weather is still pleasant.
Summer climate & weather in Scotland
Scotland has a changing climate throughout the year. Summer, on the other hand, brings warmer and more consistent weather than the rest of the year. During these months, average temperatures will be around 15°C (59°F), with highs in the low to mid-20s °C (68°F) possible.
The summer months in Scotland may have the highest temperatures, but the shoulder months have some of the best weather. On average, May has the most sunshine hours, while April has the least precipitation.
Another wonderful aspect of Scotland’s summer weather it never gets too hot for you to enjoy the great outdoors. That means there aren’t going to be too many hot days when you can’t go hiking or sightseeing.
Summer packing list for Scotland
Are you wondering what to bring on a summer trip to Scotland? Keeping in mind that Scottish weather can be unpredictable, even within the same day, you should be prepared for anything. In the summer, this means packing clothing for both warm and cool temperatures.
Here is a suggested packing list:
• Shorts and trousers
• T-shirts and thin long-sleeved shirts
• A warm jumper or fleece
• A waterproof jacket
• Good walking shoes or boots, especially if you intend to hike and go on nature walks.
Finally, even if you visit during a particularly hot and sunny summer spell, the evenings may be cool, especially in the Highlands. As a result, you should bring a light scarf and a thin hat just in case.
Must-see Scottish summer attractions
Scotland’s highlights are majestic at all times of the year, but here are some top locations to add to your summer itinerary:
- ISLE OF SKYE
This one might already be at the top of your to-do list. The iconic Isle of Skye is well worth a visit, with its rugged mountain peaks, lunar landscapes, and beautiful coastlines. Hiking to dramatic rock formations, tasting delicious fresh seafood, admiring waterfalls, and attempting to spot local wildlife are all options.
It’s especially appealing during the shoulder seasons when there are fewer visitors.
- FORT WILLIAM
If you enjoy hiking, you should travel west to Fort William in Lochaber. This Highland town is known as the “UK’s Outdoor Capital.”
Fort William is located at the base of Ben Nevis, Scotland’s (and the United Kingdom’s) highest mountain. Hiking, cycling, mountain biking, kayaking, and other outdoor activities are available here, as well as many others. Visit our hotel Muthu Fort william
Stirling and the surrounding area are known as the “Gateway to the Highlands” because of their central location between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Stop by the city and its stunning surroundings for a combined experience of the cultural highlights and landscape of the Lowlands and Highlands.
Stirling Castle, perched on a hilltop, is one of Scotland’s most visited historic sites. Visit the nearby Doune Castle, which has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including Outlander.
- LOCH NESS
In the summer, the iconic Loch Ness is also a pleasant stop. This lovely “lake” is famous around the world for being the home of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.
Aside from the legends, Loch Ness is a beautiful natural site that you can visit by walking along its shores or by boat. You could also go to the Urquhart Castle ruins. Visit our hotel Muthu Newton
Last but not least is the Scottish capital, Edinburgh. It’s worth a visit whether you’re on a city break or passing through on your way to or from somewhere else.
Locals claim that during the summer, the city doubles in size as performers and fun-seekers flock to the capital’s numerous festivals. Whether or not that is true, you could treat yourself to one (or more) of the 3,000 shows hosted by festivals throughout the city in August.