I get quite a lot of emails from lovely readers asking what the best time to visit Scotland is, so today I’m going to attempt to answer that. Scotland will forever remain one of my absolute favourite countries in the world and is somewhere I think everyone should visit at least once.

So, what is the best time to visit Scotland? Well, that depends.

May and June 

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If you’re planning on spending a lot of time outdoors in the gorgeous Scottish scenery I’d suggest May or June. This is usually when Scotland gets some of the best weather and this is when there are fewer midges than later in summer. ‘What are midges?’ I hear you ask. Midges are small flying insects that come out most in the late evening. They’re incredibly annoying and best avoided like the plague.

May and June usually see periods of sunshine (not seen often enough in Scotland!) and less rain than normal. This makes it the perfect time to visit if you plan to get out and about in the gorgeous landscapes we’re so lucky to have.

July – September 

July, August and September are perfect if you’re planning to spend most of your time exploring Scotland’s cities. The weather is good, temperatures aren’t too low and there is less rain than in winter. Scotland also enjoys really long days, so there’s plenty daylight hours to make the most of.

Edinburgh comes alive during the entire month of August when the Fringe Festival is on. This is the world’s largest arts festival and throughout the month there are literally thousands of different shows, entertainers, live music and much, much more. There are shows and performances covering every genre and interest, so there will be something to suit everyone. It really is a fantastic time to explore Edinburgh when the city is at its very best.
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What do you think is the best time of year to visit Scotland? When would you most like to visit? 

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