FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SCOTLAND IN APRIL
If you want to know more about Scotland tours in April, read on for our expert advice on what it’s like to visit at this time of year. We’re here to answer your most commonly asked questions so you can plan for any future tours to Scotland in April.
What are the best things to do in Scotland in April?
You can visit many of Scotland’s top attractions throughout the year. In spring though, you have plenty of daylight hours to see more sites in the same day and drive between different destinations. It’s also a good time of year for outdoor activities such as hiking.
Here are the 10 best things to do in Scotland in April:
Drive around the beautiful Scottish Highlands
Admire the natural scenery
Go hiking in the rugged hills
Sail to one or more of the Scottish islands
Explore picturesque, ancient ruins and castles
Learn about Scotland’s Viking heritage
Taste the various whisky flavours and local food
Walk along the lochs and glens
Immerse yourself in Gaelic culture
Visit the buzzing cities, charming towns and fishing villages
What are the most popular events in Scotland in April?
There are many events taking place in Scotland in April, some of which you might want to go along to during your tour.
The most popular events in April are:
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Edinburgh Science Festival
Etape Loch Ness
Glasgow Festival of Visual Art
In addition, the Easter weekend takes place any time between 22 March and 25 April, although the specific dates change each year. Good Friday and Easter Monday make this a popular time for long weekend holidays. Although it can get busy, there are lots of fun activities to try.
What are the best places to visit in Scotland in April?
April is a great month to travel to Scotland and visit its towns, historic sites and natural highlights. More so, you’ll enjoy good daylight hours and fair weather, ideal conditions for exploring.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Scotland in April:
What is the weather like in Scotland in April?
As April is a spring month, Scotland’s weather is varied. Some years it might rain, while others can be really sunny. Generally though, there are highs of 10°C (50°F) and lows of 2°C (36°F).
What are April temperatures in Scotland?
The average temperatures around the country will be between 2°C (36°F) and 10°C (50°F) in April. You might experience some lovely warm, sunny days, but it changes every year in Scotland!
What to wear in Scotland in April?
Like in many of the Nordic countries, Scots have the saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”.
As the weather can be both mild and cool in April, we recommend wearing layers. That way you can remove or add clothes depending on the day’s weather. Make sure to bring some lightweight and warm under layers as well as a rain jacket, hat and scarf.
Here is a list of packing essentials for your Scotland tour in April:
Lightweight layers, including t-shirts, long sleeve shirts, and shorts
Warm jumper or fleece
Jeans or warm trousers
Waterproof jacket or shell layers
Scarf, hat and gloves
Sun hat or cap
What are the daylight hours in April in Scotland?
In April, the daylight hours are growing longer as we slowly approach the summer solstice. This means you’ll enjoy plenty of daytime brightness to explore Scotland to your heart’s content. You can expect 13 to 16 hours of daylight per day in April.
Daylight hours differ based on the time of the month you visit. In Edinburgh, the sun rises at 6:40 AM and sets at 7:50 PM in early April. By the end of the month, it grows longer with daylight hours between 5:30 AM and 8:50 PM.
Does it snow in Scotland in April?
You can still see snow dusting the mountaintops of Scotland in April, but it doesn’t usually settle on lower ground. However, as Scottish weather is unpredictable, there is always a small chance of snow at this time of year.
How to tour Scotland in April?
There are various ways to travel on your Scotland tour in April. Depending on your personal tastes and requirements, you could either go for a guided or self-guided vacation.
Road trip around Scotland
April is a great time to visit Scotland on a self-drive tour, which would allow you to stop at the sights you want to see at your own pace. At this time of year, the road conditions are usually good for touring and you’ll enjoy plenty of daylight hours to drive and explore.
Pick up your rental car from Edinburgh or Glasgow and drive to iconic locations. You could visit St Andrews, Loch Ness, Inverness, the Isle of Skye and Fort William, amongst many more.
Depending on the amount of time you have, there are many options and regions of Scotland you could incorporate into your travel plans. Do an express tour into the Highlands in 5 days or take 2 to 3 weeks to do a complete tour, including the northern and western isles.
Driving in Scotland is an adventure that you won’t regret! Especially if you book with Nordic Visitor, as we offer collision damage waiver, free GPS, and a 24/7 helpline for emergencies.
Good to note: In Scotland, and the wider UK, motorists drive on the left. If you are not used to this, we recommend hiring an automatic car. Alternatively, you could choose from our privately guided tours instead and have a local expert do all the driving.
Learn about Scottish history and culture with a private guide
You might prefer to be accompanied by your very own local expert throughout your Scotland experience.
A privately guided tour is one of the most exclusive ways to see Scotland and learn all about this beautiful country. You’ll have your own personal guide to show you the best locations and teach you about the local history.
Whatever tour you pick, you’ll take advantage of all our signature benefits. These include charming accommodation, daily breakfast, transportation, such as car rental and ferries, our Nordic Visitor Scotland Travel Guide, and a hand-marked map with your route and highlights.
You’ll also have activities, like entry to castles and distilleries, included in some packages. All our self-drive tours include a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass or a Scottish Heritage Pass so you can pick what sites you want to visit.
Good to know: Our Scotland itineraries aren’t set in stone. Our Edinburgh-based Scotland experts will help you see the country your way, tailoring your itinerary and adding all the best excursions to suit you.
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