What is the best time to visit Edinburgh?

The month of May is the best time to visit Edinburgh. During this month, the days are long and comfortably warm with a temperature average of 10°C to 15°C. Also, it’s the driest month, and there are no possibilities of rain. September, relatively the first half of it, can be considered to be the second-best time to visit Edinburgh. During this month, the weather is pleasant, and also the accommodation and airfare costs are less, with fewer crowds around. Tourist-wise, July and August is the peak season in Edinburgh. The highest temperature during these months is 19°C. The days are sunny and wet, at times, and also it’s the season of the most loved summertime festivals. The shoulder months of May, June, September and October are all about fresh air, blooming locales with elegant flowers, and mild weather conditions. Crowds are also generally less in the shoulder months, and hence, it’s the best time to explore around the places. Winters in Edinburgh is cold and the days are grey, short and not so comfortable. The temperature goes down to 0°C during the winter months of November-February, and it is considered to be the low season in Edinburgh.

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Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 9°/ 4° 6 days
February 8°/ 2° 15 days
March 9°/ 2° 6 days
April 13°/ 4° 1 days
May 14°/ 6° 10 days
June 17°/ 9° 9 days
July 20°/ 12° 12 days
August 20°/ 12° 10 days
September 17°/ 9° 13 days
October 12°/ 6° 8 days
November 8°/ 3° 14 days
December 8°/ 4° 8 days

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Edinburgh in Autumn (September-October)

The autumn season in Edinburgh is brief with a very low temperature. The average temperature during these two months is 55.8°F. There’s plenty of daylight, though, and the evenings are cooler. However, snow is unlikely. If you are travelling during this time, do carry some woollens and light jackets. The International Storytelling Festival in October is the best way to witness the culture of Scotland.

Edinburgh in Spring (April-May)

Also considered to be the prime time in Edinburgh, the average temperature during the spring season is between 30 to 50°F. This isn’t a tourist season, and hence, hotel prices are cheap and the streets aren’t crowded. There aren’t any fun festivities this time around in Edinburgh so, in case you are there during the spring months, you can spend your time at leisure, exploring the various places.

Edinburgh in Summer (June-August)

The average temperature in summers ranges from 50 to 60°F. It’s the most comfortable time of the year for travellers to explore the best of places. The fact that Edinburgh is located at a higher latitude, summer days are longer. There are a number of exciting festivals and events lined up during summers and hence, it’s undeniably the most popular time for travelling to the country. However, booking your stay at the earliest is recommended if you wish to experience the best accommodation. The Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August are very popular among the locals as well as the tourists.

Edinburgh in Winter (November-February)

Winter is a long season in Edinburgh and the average low temperatures are around 30°F. The days are short, with minimal daylight. This is the lowest in terms of tourists in the country and hence, you will be able to save a lot in your airfare and accommodation costs if you travel during this time. However, keep in mind that January and February are the coldest months and Scotland and you should be well-equipped to enjoy your stay there during these months. Hogmanay in December is one of the biggest winter festivals which includes street parties and other fun activities. Burns Night in January celebrates the birth anniversary of Robert Burns with jam-packed festivities across the country.

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