WEATHER IN SCOTLAND IN AUGUST & DAYLIGHT HOURS
August is the warmest month of the year, with an average temperature of 14 °C (57°F). Nonetheless the weather in Scotland in August can change quickly, from rainy to sunny, so you should be ready for anything on August breaks in Scotland. Wondering what to pack for Scotland in August? We suggest a rain jacket, sturdy walking shoes and different layers to adapt to weather changes. What time is sunset in August? Luckily for your outdoor activities or driving in Scotland in August, you can expect about 15 hours of daylight, between 6 AM and 9 PM.
FESTIVALS IN SCOTLAND IN AUGUST
There are 5 main festivals in Edinburgh in August, so you can enjoy a festive array of cultural events during your visit. Take a look at what's happening during August in Edinburgh:
Edinburgh Fringe Festival -- world’s largest arts festival, with dance, live music, theatre and more
Edinburgh International Festival -- celebrates performing arts from all over the world
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo -- a showcase of music, dance, technology and military regalia
Edinburgh International Book Festival -- events including readings and book signings
Edinburgh Art Festival -- UK’s largest annual celebration of visual art
As for other Scotland festivals in August, we recommend checking out the Highland Games in Scotland in August if you're interested in traditional Highland culture. This is your opportunity to watch Scots in kilts engage in unique competitions of shot put, tug-o-war, caber toss, hammer throw and other time-honoured Highland sports -- all with some live bagpipe music, of course.
PLACES TO VISIT IN SCOTLAND IN AUGUST
There’s a lot to see and do in Edinburgh with all the summer festivals, but the best things to do in Scotland in August require travelling beyond the capital city. Want to go hiking in Scotland in August in the national parks? Or play golf in Scotland in August? For the most flexibility in your itinerary, we recommend booking a customisable Nordic Visitor self-drive tour starting from Edinburgh.
If you want to explore both the Highlands and islands, give yourself a week or more, with overnights in areas like Fort William, Inverness, Loch Lomond and either the Isle of Mull or Isle of Skye areas. On such a route you can visit famous attractions such as Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe, The Old Man of Storr rock formation and other postcard-perfect sights. With a August tour of Scotland by car in 10 days or more you can extend your journey to the “Castle Trail” area of Aberdeenshire and to the more secluded islands in the Outer Hebrides. On longer tours you can even drive the famously scenic North Coast 500 route and take a ferry to Scotland’s Orkney Islands to see neolithic ruins like Skara Brae, a World Heritage Site.
Want to travel in Scotland in August without driving? A great option for touring Scotland in August without a rental car are Nordic Visitor’s privately-guided tours or guided small group tours, which are perfect for travellers interested in whisky tasting, Scottish heritage or filming locations from the hit series Outlander. Travelling with a witty local guide, you’ll hear stories and see sights you won’t know about from guidebooks.
All of our itineraries can be tailored with extra nights, alternative departures or arrivals in Glasgow, day trips from Edinburgh, and more. No matter how you’d like to customise your trip to Scotland in July, you’ll have your own dedicated travel consultant at Nordic Visitor to advise you on possible add-ons and make all local travel arrangements for you.