When is the Best Time to Visit Scotland?

When is the best time to visit Scotland is one of the questions you'll probably ask yourself if you're planning a trip in the months or years ahead.

Take into consideration when making your travel arrangements that airfares are often cheaper off-peak. However, travelling around Scotland when you are here will probably be the same all year.

Planning any trip overseas takes time and effort and you need to be sure of a huge number of things such as Entry Requirements (visas), when is it safe to travel, and what other overseas travel information you will need, such as what currency does the country use, as well as other practical issues, like how to make telephone calls home and how your family and friends can get hold of you if necessary.



When is the best time to visit Scotland?

The answer to this question depends on a number of issues. First of all you may want to consider the climate, so have a look at the weather page. Of course the weather doesn't dictate everything. The best time to visit will depend on what you want to see and do.

All year
If you love the scenery, then each season has its own beauty, but I can assure you that the colours in autumn (fall) in Scotland are as glorious as they are in New England.

However, if you are keen to experience castles and palaces and history, visiting Art Galleries; or spending time in the shops finding out the difference between tartan and plaid or buying some of our wonderful products such as buying some of our wonderful products such as a kilt or maybe some other tartan clothes, then visit any time.

There is also a real Art Community in Fife with local for sale, including the romantic and popular work of our most famous artist Jack Vettriano You may also want to check out the beautiful celtic jewellery, music, cashmere, or visit a whisky (whiskey) distillary or vineyard, or buy other produce, then anytime of the year is good.

Many sports can be enjoyed all year, such as cycling, hill walking, mountain climbing, and of course indoor and water sports.

Summer
If you want to come to see Highland Games with the Dancing Competitions, the famous Athletic Events and especially Tossing the Caber or watching the bands play in the Music Competitions, then summer is best.

The same can be said if you are keen to watch or participate in Golf Tournaments perhaps at the 'home of golf' at St Andrews.

Paying a visit to the Edinburgh Festival in August might have great appeal for you, and if you are in Scotland at the end of August/beginning of September, then a visit to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be fabulous. But I warn you, you need to book months in advance.

Winter
However, it might be that you want to experience a Scottish Christmas or a New Year. This is an experience not to be missed. Hotels put on special deals and there is nothing nicer than sitting round a roaring log fire, (with a whisky in your hand, or if you don't drink, a steaming mug of hot chocolate), when there's snow on the ground outside. Every community has it's own celebrations and wherever you are you will hear the bells ring, fireworks going off and people celebrating the end of one year and beginning of the new, to the sound of Auld Lang Syne. (Click HERE for a translation).

You may be a lover of Burns' Poetry and want to be here for the Burns' Supper on 25th January. To see the men in their kilts and the haggis being brought in ceremoniously to the sound of the bagpipes, and the reciting of Burns' poems, such as 'Address To a Haggis will stir your heart if you have any affinity to Scotland.

Another winter experience for some is going to football (soccer) matches. This is a very, very popular sport in Scotland and the 'season' starts in August until around end of April.

Scotland has a short season for those who like skiing. But if you want to combine it with that Christmas, New Year or Burns' Supper experience, then that's a great time to come.

General
Each area in Scotland has a programme of events covering culture, music sports, arts etc throughout the year. So there is sure to be something that interests you whenever you visit. There are also Local Tourist Offices throughout the country, so do go in when you're here and check out current events.

So when is the best time to visit Scotland? Well of course the answer is ANYTIME!

If you have found this page, 'When is the best time to visit Scotland?' helpful, then please also see the following pages:-


Scottish Currency - Learn a bit more about the currency, the tax and tipping in Scotland.
When is it safe to travel to Scotland? - Check out some information on safe travel to Scotland.
Make Long Distance Calls Overseas - Be prepared to make and receive calls during your trip to Scotland.
Overseas Travel Information - Discover some of the things you might want to consider as you plan your Scottish vacation.
Maps and Weather - Look more closely at the weather and be prepared with what clothes to bring when you visit Scotland.
Places to see - Have a look at some of the lovely places you might want to visit in the Kingdom of Fife.
Books & Music Stores - Browse through the stores and get yourself some guide books, maps or other Scottish books before you come.


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