Scotland in August: Warm Weather and Fun Festivals

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August has ideal conditions for a summer vacation in Scotland. The mild temperatures that pervade the country during this month are inviting, while electrifying festivals that take place during this time of year make the Scottish highlands more enticing. Likewise, magnificent mountains, dramatic coastlines, picturesque lochs, and deep, dark woods offer vistas of breathtaking scenery and give way for plenty of outdoor activities.

Scotland Weather in August

Calm Scotland weather on the Isle of Harris in August
Summer in Scotland is warm and sunny, and simultaneously also the wettest.

Given Scotland's location at a higher latitude, summer here is not conventionally hot as we contemplate it to be. Average highs hardly climb past 19°C during this month, while the lows can dip to around 11°C. August is also an incredibly wet month, with an average of 22 days of rainfall. Sea temperatures at this time of year hover at around 14°C, which is too chilly to swim.

Though the sky is moody and alternates between gloom and dazzle, you can expect a total of five hours of sunshine every day. However, one must remember that Scottish weather is unpredictable. Therefore, layering is key to keeping yourself warm and dry throughout your visit to Scotland in August. Pack in rain jackets, an umbrella, and waterproof shoes if you plan on walking or hiking.

For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Scotland.

Weather in Scotland in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Daily (°C)5691114171919161397
Avg Nightly (°C)11236911119732
Avg Daily (°F)4142.848.251.857.262.666.266.260.855.448.244.6
Avg Nightly (°F)33.833.835.637.442.848.251.851.848.244.637.435.6
Avg Rainfall (mm)705070405060705070807070

Why Visit Scotland in August

Isle of Skye, Scotland in August
The Storr is a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, Famous for its magnificent scenery and views.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland in August
Edinburgh is a hotspot for festivities and celebrations in August.

With high-season rates, continuous rain, and a hectic crowd, August might not sound like an ideal month to explore the country. But do not give the side-eye to August in Scotland just yet. This month comes with numerous perks that you will be hard-pressed to find at any other time of year. We have listed a few below.

  • Long daylight hours: Located on the other side of the summer solstice, August enjoys long and plentiful daylight lasting 15 hours per day. Plan out as many activities as you can and explore historic cities at your own pace to make the most of these summer days. As you ascend northward, days have extended twilight, apt to experience the Highlands in all their glory.
  • Fascinating festivals: Edinburgh is abuzz with festivals this month. Join the thrilling spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to watch their jaw-dropping military and art performances. All art fanatics must attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world's biggest celebration of art and creativity. Spread over three weeks, the festival provides ample entertainment and creative inspiration through shows including dance, theater, musicals, comedy, and circus. For a taste of tradition, go to North Berwick to cheer on the champs at North Berwick International Highland Games. Their pipe band competition with 70 participating bands is a spectacular event.

Where to go and what to do

Fillde rock, Scotland in August
Head to Bow Fiddle Rock in Portknockie to see an exciting rock formation popping out of the sea.

Scotland in August is a hot favorite with the traveling community and European vacationers do not shy away from inundating the country during this month. Unfortunately, prices do follow this rising footfall. But if you do not mind hustling with an enthusiastic coach load of tourists in every castle corridor or shelling out some extra for a cute rustic vacation rental, you will find Scotland a delight for summer exploration.

Visit Edinburgh to see the Scottish capital lit with a tonne of art festivals this month. This is the prime time for serious whale-watching as the cetaceans migrate during this time of the year. Catch glimpses of minke and orcas playing in the waters around Northern Minch on a wildlife expedition cruise. If you feel a little woozy about walking the Highlands due to the deer stalking season being at its peak, pick a coastal village instead for a much-needed seaside break. Head to Bow Fiddle Rock in Portknockie to see an exciting rock formation popping out of the sea, or chomp down on some fresh lobster at a beach shack in North Berwick.

From stunning coastal belts to rolling hills, islands sporting otherworldly landscapes and castle ruins packed with history and culture, Scotland is a cornucopia of adventures that lure travelers of every kind. And with plenty of long days and pleasant weather in Scotland in August, it is a treat to hop from one activity to another with little to no exertion.

If you need assistance designing your perfect summer Scottish romp, let our local experts help you with a customized trip to Scotland. For more information, you can check out our article on how many days to spend in Scotland, or browse through our list of tours to Scotland in August.

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