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weather in late March

What to wear??  I'm so excited to be coming to Scotland...and need to pack appropriately.  Thanks.


  • fishyprofishypro Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @AnnaNana, the weather in Scotland can be very unpredictable. The good news is is that bad weather doesn't seem to hang around for long. The old saying of "if you don't like the weather in Scotland, then just wait 10 minutes" is probably as true as it gets. On a serious note your choice of clothing may vary depending on what you have planned to do in Scotland. You may find that an extra thin layer or layers is the best way to go. I always add that the Scots are not really bothered by how you look rather than how you act. In other words you don't need to bring catwalk clothing. Scotland is a very down to Earth kind of place. I hope this helps.
    Best regards
  • HorizonsHorizons Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    @fishypro has covered Scotland's attitude to the weather very well. I should add that a rain jacket with a hood is my weapon of choice against the weather, umbrellas are useless in the wind. Apart from that, the temperatures should be between 5-15C. I fervently hope you only get sunny weather because Spring in Scotland is the best time to visit in my opinion (so very beautiful).
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  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @AnnaNana, all great points above.

    I would also bring warm jumpers/fleeces too and waterproof walking boots if you plan to do some walking; it is not uncommon (though so far this year has been less wintery) to get snow in March. Yes, this depends on where you are in Scotland, but it is always good to be prepared. Have a wonderful trip!  :)
  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hi @annanana Waterproof walking boots/trail shoes are an absolute must if you're exploring the great outdoors.  There's nothing worse than feeling bog water seep through non-waterproof boots - yuck.  I usually wear Bridgedale (there are other brands) hiking socks too.  They're cosy but let your feet breathe.  For towns and cities you'll need comfortable flat footwear that you can walk in all day. 

    I always carry a rucksack with lightweight waterproof trousers, gloves, hat and a snood. I find if you can keep your head, hands and neck warm it's half the battle. My current jacket of choice is a lightweight down one which fits into a tiny little bag.  When it gets too hot to wear I just pop it into my rucksack and it's light to carry. An umbrella can be a bit of a lost cause as Scottish wind can make mincemeat of them in 10 seconds flat! 

    If you get bright sunny days then don't forget sunglasses as the sun is still low in the sky and can get quite blinding - hard to believe I know. 

    For dinner/drinks you'll usually get away with jeans and a smart top as Scotland's quite a relaxed country.  There are formal places too, but you can eat great food in nice places without getting all done up to the nines.
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  • FofomaFofoma Member ✭✭✭
    Hi @AnnaNana Layers is definitely the way to go. The weather can change in an instant - yesterday was one of those days here...sunny one minute and raining cats and dogs the next in fact at one point it was sunny and raining at the same time!! If you can keep your head, feet and fingers cosy that is the main thing if any of those extremities are cold then I think everywhere feels cold!! 
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