WEATHER IN SCOTLAND IN MAY & DAYLIGHT HOURS
Late spring is a great time to visit Scotland, as the weather in Scotland in May tends to be mild with an average temperature of about 9 °C (48°F). Does it snow in Scotland in May? There may still be a bit snowfall in the mountains, but rain is more common this time of year. In terms of what to pack for Scotland in May, it’s a good idea to bring a rain jacket and a variety of clothing layers to adapt changing weather conditions. Planning on doing some hiking in Scotland in May? Make sure to bring good hiking shoes, preferably waterproof.
As for sightseeing and driving in Scotland in May, you’ll have plenty of daylight hours for your outdoor activities. With sunrise starting around 5:15 AM and the time of sunset in Scotland in May at 9:30 PM, you can expect about 16 hours of daylight for your adventures.
WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO DO IN SCOTLAND IN MAY
There are endless options of places to visit in Scotland in May and activities to enjoy around the country! Feel like exploring the sights at your own pace on a road trip? Where to go in Scotland in May on your driving holiday all depends on how many days you have and your preferred pace of travel.
On a Nordic Visitor self-drive tour starting from Edinburgh, the best places to visit in Scotland in May are the Scottish Highlands and surrounding regions. With overnights in areas like Fort William, Inverness and Loch Lomond, you can enjoy some of the most popular things to do in Scotland in May, such as looking for the Loch Ness Monster, admiring the views of Ben Nevis -- Scotland's highest peak, and visiting picture-perfect sights like Glencoe and Stirling Castle. You can also visit the Isle of Skye to see its famous landscapes like the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. With a May tour of Scotland by car you can even extend your journey to the “Castle Trail” area of Aberdeenshire and travel further west to the islands in the Outer Hebrides.
Want to travel in Scotland in May without doing any driving? A great option for May breaks in Scotland 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.
There are also plenty of things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland in May on foot or via public transport. For example, stroll the cobbled streets of The Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town, browse numerous museums, join a day tour with local guides to the abbeys of the Scottish Borders, visit the Edinburgh Castle, or take day trips to nearby cities like St Andrews and Glasgow.
CUSTOMISED TOURS OF SCOTLAND IN MAY
With all the possibilities of things to see and do in Scotland in May, it’s good to have the trusted Scottish travel experts at Nordic Visitor to guide your trip planning and create a custom Scotland itinerary in May for you. 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 May, you’ll have your own dedicated travel consultant at Nordic Visitor at your assistance.