The climate year of Scotland
A summer climate is rarely found in Scotland, yet the weather is better than its reputation. Due to its northern location, the Shetland Islands and South Greenland being in the 60th longitude north, it is somewhat colder here compared to the rest of Great Britain. Nevertheless, the weather can be described as moderate, as temperatures very rarely reach zero even in the winter months. Winter weather in Scotland only occurs in the higher elevations of the Highlands. However, cold records have been registered in the Grampian Mountains. The temperate climate is caused by the Atlantic Gulf Stream. Temperatures in the west of the country are usually higher than in the east. In return, it rains more in the west. In general, the precipitation values are higher on the Atlantic coast than on the side facing the North Sea.
General information about Scotland
Whoever hears the name Scotland usually thinks of bagpipes, kilt wearing men and of course whisky. But the country has much more to offer. Scotland is characterized by a unique green hilly landscape. Everywhere you can find medieval witnesses in the form of mighty castles and stately churches. Especially the Highlands inspire with their green valleys, wild coasts, mystical lakes and an eerie looking moorland. Another highlight is the city of Edinburgh with its stately castle and the National Museum of Scotland, which is well worth seeing. A special experience is offered by Calton Hill, located in the city center, from which you have a breathtaking view over the city. Also a visit to the city Glasgow with its 300-year-old cathedral should not be missing on any itinerary.
Scotland has comparatively moderate temperatures in the months of September to May. But even in summer the temperatures are rather cool than Mediterranean. The best time to travel is between May and September, with the peak season lasting from June to August. Water temperatures are also more than modest. A beach vacation and swimming in the sea is therefore only something for hardy and cold-resistant people. If you want to spend your vacation with as little rain as possible, you should plan your trip to Scotland for the months of May or June. During this time, the probability of precipitation is the lowest, while in the months of July, August and September you can expect a tendency to unsettled, rainy weather. Even though the Scots do not know a real winter, there is a ski resort with 28 slopes at an altitude of 1,300 meters in the Caimgorm Mountains.