WEATHER IN SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER & DAYLIGHT HOURS
You can experience all types of weather changes in one day at this time of year in Scotland, through the winter weather in Scotland in December is generally considered mild. Does it snow in Scotland in December? With an average temperature in Scotland in December of about 5 °C (40°F), rain is more common but snowfall can occur in the mountains and in northwestern Scotland. In terms of what to pack for Scotland in December, it goes without saying that you’ll need to bring a warm, water-repellent coat and lots of layers, like thermal garments, fleeces and sweaters. It's also good to pack a cap, scarf, gloves and waterproof hiking boots.
How many hours of sunlight in Scotland in December can you expect? At mid-month you can expect just over 8 daylight hours per day, roughly between 8 AM and 4:15 PM. Can you see the northern lights in Scotland in December? While not nearly as common as in Scandinavia or Iceland, aurora sightings in December in Scotland may be possible in the far northern areas.
WHERE TO GO IN SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER
Although some of the historical attractions may close or have limited opening hours in winter, there are still many things to do in Scotland in December and beautiful places to visit. Below are some of our suggestions for where to visit in Scotland in December and how to travel there.
Want to take a Scotland road trip in December? With about a week on a Nordic Visitor self-drive tour starting from Edinburgh, the best places to visit in Scotland in December are the Scottish Highlands and surrounding areas. With overnights in areas like Fort William, Perthshire and Loch Lomond, you can enjoy some of the best things to do in Scotland in December. For example, visit Loch Ness in Fort Augustus, Eilean Donan Castle, Stirling Castle and other amazing attractions. You can also see famous landscapes like the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock on the iconic Isle of Skye.
Wondering what to do in Scotland in December without renting a car? A Nordic Visitor privately-guided tour is a great way to experience Scotland’s top sights as well as whisky tasting, Scottish heritage or Outlander filming locations with an experienced local driver-guide.
December is also the perfect time for exploring Edinburgh! In December, when the city is illuminated with twinkling lights, we recommend visiting the German-style Edinburgh Christmas Market at Princes Street Gardens -- a popular place for the locals to gather and enjoy a cup of mulled wine. You can also stroll the old cobbled streets of The Royal Mile, visit the Edinburgh Castle, or take a day tour to nearby cities like St Andrews or Glasgow. And if you’re visiting over December 31st, don’t miss Hogmanay in Edinburgh, a New Year celebration with lots of food, music, dancing and fireworks.
CUSTOMISED TOURS OF SCOTLAND IN DECEMBER
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 December, 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.