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When is the best time of year to visit Scotland?

VisitScotlandHeatherVisitScotlandHeather Member ✭✭✭
edited November 2016 in Planning and Practicalities
Scotland has something to offer all year round but do you have a particular favourite time of year?

Is Scotland the best during the long summer days that can be spent enjoying some fresh air?

 Or enjoying the amazing autumn colours?

Can you not beat a bit of snow?

Or perhaps seeing the flowers emerge puts a spring in your step!

Which is your favourite and why?

When is the best time of year to visit Scotland? 26 votes

26% 7 votes
30% 8 votes
30% 8 votes
11% 3 votes


  • KenMKenM Member ✭✭
    Although every season has its own highlights, for me the volume, variety, quality and nature of the arts and culture scene in Scotland in the summer is just fantastic.  The fact that you can experience it across the length and breadth of the country means that the opportunity to encounter something new is always just around the corner.
  • DenDen Member
    You can't argue with Autumn... A season when Scotland turns golden brown and we are entertained with the most amazing sunsets you will ever witness. The countryside becomes such a magical place! Love it!
  • RachelEWoodsRachelEWoods Member ✭✭
    edited November 2016
    Now this was a tough one! I specifically picked Winter for a personal reason as I have a fond childhood memory of when my hometown North Berwick was covered in a thick blanket of snow. It was absolutely stunning! My friends were so excited we went to our local park to embark on the most intense, snow splattering snowball fight!

    The law (big hill) to me at the time looked like a giant sugar coated Christmas pudding. Strange comparison but it's true.

    If Instagram had been around when I was in school, I would have undoubtedly gone around taking so many photos of what I was experiencing and sharing it with everyone.  The Bass Rock even kept in with the winter colour scheme (all the white gannets). 

    Scotland is truly enchanting when under a Wintry spell and I am hoping that we get snow coming into East Lothian this season so that I can catch some Wintry shots to share!  :)
  • ailsaailsa Member ✭✭
    I agree with RachelEWoods - that's a really tough one! There's nowhere prettier then places like Perthshire in autumn when the colours are changing, and I'm remembering why I love winter now that the Christmas markets are opening and some snow is appearing!

    But I think summer pips the post - KenM is right, there's so many exciting cultural events in summer and nothing beats going up north and having it still be light at midnight!
  • Stefano_1988Stefano_1988 Member ✭✭
    I'd say summer it's a perfect time to enjoy what Scotland has to offer. Especially in June, with the longest days of the year. In ten days I'll be visiting Glasgow so I can tell you more about Scotland in autumn period :)
  • VisitScotlandJoanneVisitScotlandJoanne Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited November 2016
    I just had to pick Autumn. There's just something about that time of year when all the leaves are changing colour and everything is dripped in gorgeous, golden sunshine  <3 It's especially lovely if you head out towards the likes of Glen Affric or the Cairngorms National Park - Loch an Eilein is an absolute treat in Autumn!  :)
  • VisitScotlandAmandaVisitScotlandAmanda Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    So hard to pick a favourite - each time a season is coming to an end I'm excited for what the next one has to offer. I love Spring for the beautiful cherry blossoms lining the streets, Summer for the long daylight hours we get and barbecuing in the park, Autumn for all the beautiful colours in the trees and Winter for getting cozy and festive. I tried to vote but it was too hard!
    Kiwi gal, relocated to Scotland. 
  • VisitScotlandBrianVisitScotlandBrian Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I like different seasons in different places if that makes sense. Glencoe for example for me is beautiful all year round but in the winter it is at its most majestic. Whereas I find that Autumns dappled sunshine can make many Loch side locations really shine.
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    My pick is Spring, there is generally a week or two with brilliant sunshine in Spring & those are the best days to see Scotland IMO (specially after months of winters of trees with much fewer trees than normal). But it's really difficult to pick a favourite.
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  • argyllgirlargyllgirl Member ✭✭
    I always recommend May for people coming to visit.  Gorgeous flowers, a chance of nice weather.  
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