Summer in Scotland – a time of festivals, Highland Games and stretched-out evenings. A time to really make the most of the long days and the beautiful scenery by getting active in the great outdoors.
June, July and August are considered high season, with July and the beginning of August peak time due to school holidays. Accommodation can get booked up quickly for these peak months, particulary in Edinburgh with the Edinburgh Festival in August, so make sure you book in advance. The summer months are usually mild and warm (although Scottish weather can be quite unpredictable!), with temperatures averaging 18 – 22 degrees C and late sunsets at around 9pm in most places (and as late as 11pm in the north). Throughout summer (especially on the West Coast and in the Highlands) you will come across midges (tiny biting insects) that love mild, wind-free days.
Summer is a great time to enjoy an activity holiday – the lochs and rivers, hills and glens, miles of coastline and secluded beaches are the perfect setting for a range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, mountain biking, walking and water sports. You can also enjoy the spectacle of traditional dancing and sporting events at Highland Games.