Scotland's Climate & Weather

We've all heard plenty of jokes about the Scottish weather - but most of them aren't true! Scotland's climate is actually quite moderate and very changeable, although on occasion we get really hot or really cold weather. As the old Scottish saying goes, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes!'

Despite being a relatively small country, one of the most surprising things about the Scottish climate is just how much it varies from one region to another. It's often the case that you can drive for 20 minutes and find that the conditions are completely different. The unpredictable nature of the climate means it's not uncommon to experience all four seasons in one day!

Image: Cherry blossom trees in The Meadows; Edinburgh

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


Image: The East Beach at Lossiemouth

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


Image: The Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve

© VisitScotland / Kenny Lam


Image: The snow-capped peaks of Ben Lui

© VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins


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