Best Time to Visit Scotland

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Scotland. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Aberdeen und Edinburgh. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Scotland for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 0 °C to 20 °C
Waves Symbol 7 °C to 15 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.613.43 in (9 – 18 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 7.9 °C (Aberdeen) and 9 °C (Edinburgh)
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Best Time to Visit Scotland: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 6 °C
Water max. 9 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 7 °C
Water max. 9 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 9 °C
Water max. 9 °C
AprilApr
MaximumMax. 11 °C
Water max. 11 °C
MayMay
MaximumMax. 14 °C
Water max. 11 °C
JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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SeptemberSep
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OctoberOct
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Water max. 13 °C
NovemberNov
MaximumMax. 9 °C
Water max. 12 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 7 °C
Water max. 11 °C

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Scotland) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
AberdeenJune, July, and August
EdinburghJune, July, August, and September

Climate Charts Scotland

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Aberdeen

Climate Chart Aberdeen
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Edinburgh

Climate Chart Edinburgh
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Scotland

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Scotland, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Aberdeen (Scotland)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature10°13°16°18°17°15°12°
Night Temperature10°10°
Water Temperature10°11°13°14°13°13°12°11°10°
Precipitation (inch)3.152.052.42.092.322.092.42.952.683.432.952.87
Rainy days13101211119101111121212
Hours of Sunshine234566554321
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Aberdeen is 7.9 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (13.7 °C)
Coldest month: January (2.9 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Aberdeen is 14 °C. Bathing would be very uncomfortable.

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 31.38 inch on 134 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 5.8 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 3.7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation in Edinburgh (Scotland)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature11°14°17°19°19°16°13°
Night Temperature10°10°
Water Temperature10°12°14°15°14°13°12°10°
Precipitation (inch)2.241.652.011.612.012.012.242.562.642.562.482.28
Rainy days171416141413131517171616
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Edinburgh is 8.5 °C.

Warmest month: July (14.6 °C)
Coldest month: January (3.3 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Edinburgh is 15 °C. Bathing would be very uncomfortable.

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 26.3 inch on 182 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Aberdeen
broken clouds     broken clouds, 1.1 °C
Clouds: 51 %       Wind: 9 mph W
Air Pressure: 1015 hPa       Humidity: 83 %
Last updated: 5th Dec 2021, 06:22 pm
The next days …
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Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Important Regions and Cities

We have extended climate information for the following region:

Great Britain: Regions

Scotland is part of the holiday destination Great Britain. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Scotland: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 7 reviews for Scotland holiday already. Average rating is 3.7 of 5 stars.
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    Heike, 65 years old was there in September

    The temperatures were pleasant. The weather is changing, but enough sunshine for hiking.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Tine, 31 years old was there in November

    Just as it is when you drive through the Scottish Highlands in November – nevertheless fantastic!

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Susanna, 54 years old was there in August

    changeable but fantastic weather there was rain and sun and it was not cold.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    G. Kamhuber, 60 years old was there in June

    The Atlantic side was cooler approx. 16 – 20 degrees, in between rain showers also a whole day. The North Sea side brought it up to 24 degrees, but always a light, partly fresh wind.
    Rain, but only of short duration, so that one did not even come to stretch the umbrella. June is a good time to travel.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Regina, 41 years old was there in April

    April 2015: Edinburgh & Isle of Mull. Surprisingly most of the 14 days were very sunny and pleasant, even if naturally fresh. Only one day rained.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Richie, 46 years old was there in August

    Not too hot and not too cold and for standing acceptable water temperatures 😉

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Uli, 60 years old was there in August

    The weather was such that we could do something every day without an umbrella. On many days the rain didn’t come until the evening. We as hikers found the day temperatures between 15 and 19 degrees as pleasant.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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