When to go
Scotland’s weather is subject to sudden swings and flash rainstorms are frequent. However, providing you are properly equipped, a spot of rain shouldn’t upset your sight-seeing programme too much.
The months of May-June and September-October are the best times to visit Scotland and the islands: the countryside is stunning, rainfall is low and there is no lack of outdoor activities. What’s more, the roads are quieter and the midges (tiny biting flies) are less active.
A large number of festivals take place throughout Scotland in July and AugustIn winter, you can go skiing in the Grampians and the Highlands; it should however be remembered that at this time of year, many hotels and tourist sites are closed, although the museums and galleries of Edinburgh and Glasgow are all open.