When to Go

Peak tourist season runs from mid-May through mid-September. City museums stay open year-round, but some tourist sites such as castles and historic houses close from November to Easter. You can get some excellent deals in spring and fall; weather can be pleasant and crowds are not as intense.

The Scottish climate is extreme; there is often a combination of all four seasons in a 24-hour period. Winter nights are very long, as are summer days. Summer temperatures can linger in the 60s, sometimes the 70s or 80s, with dry spells lasting a week or two. Winter sees lots of rain, snow depending on latitude, and icy, sharp winds. Spring and fall are on the cool side; again, expect rain.

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