WEATHER IN SCOTLAND IN OCTOBER & DAYLIGHT HOURS
The first question that comes to mind for most travellers is “what about the weather in Scotland in October?” You can experience all four seasons in one day during autumn in Scotland, but October in Scotland is generally a good time to visit. Scotland has an average daytime temperature in October of about 10 °C (50°F). Does it snow in Scotland in October? The mountains may have snowy peaks and there may be a bit of frost on some mornings, but rain is more common than snow in October in Scotland.
In terms of what to pack for Scotland in October, it goes without saying that you’ll need to bring a good rain jacket and dress in warm layers that can adapt to the ever-changing conditions. And if you wish to do any hiking in Scotland in October, make sure to bring some good hiking shoes, preferably waterproof.
What time does the sun rise and set in Scotland in October? This is good to know, particularly if you’re planning to do a road trip in Scotland in October. In October you can expect around 10 hours of daylight, roughly between the hours of 8 AM and 6:30 PM. Can you see the northern lights in Scotland in October? While not as commonly visible as in Scandinavia or Iceland, aurora sightings may be possible in Scotland in October in the far northern parts of the country.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN SCOTLAND IN OCTOBER
Since the weather and daylight conditions are still good this time of year, there are many places to visit in Scotland in October. Feel like taking a road trip in Scotland in October? Where to go in Scotland in October on your drive all depends on how much time you plan to spend here.
With about a week in October on a Nordic Visitor self-drive tour, you can drive through the stunning Scottish Highlands, with overnights in the cities of Inverness and Fort William, and take in popular sights such as the mythical Loch Ness in Fort Augustus, the picture-perfect Eilean Donan Castle and views of Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain. You can also spend time on the Isle of Skye and see its famous landscapes like the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock. With an October tour of Scotland by car in 10 days or more you can extend your journey to the “Castle Trail” area of Aberdeenshire and travel further west to more secluded islands, like Harris and Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
Don’t want to do any driving on your October tour of Scotland? Then a great way for you to travel in Scotland in October is on a Nordic Visitor privately-guided tour, which is 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 October on foot. For example, stroll the cobbled streets of The Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town, join a day tour by bus around the city’s historic landmarks, visit numerous museums, do some shopping in the New Town, or even book a day trip to nearby cities like St Andrews.
CUSTOMISED TOURS OF SCOTLAND IN OCTOBER
With all the possibilities of things to see and do in Scotland in October, why not let us create a tailored Scotland itinerary in October 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 October, 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.