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Scotland in August

August in Scotland is equivalent to the famous events in Edinburgh: Festival Fringe and Military Tattoo. But , if you don’t plan to spend your entire vacation checking those events out, you can always visit the Scottish Highlands or head to other lovely cities. Oh, did I mention the weather is really unpredictable in August?


Remember what I said about July weather? Well, August weather is just the same: very unpredictable. You can be lucky and have absolutely lovely weather for your entire stay…or you might as well be unlucky and watch the rain go down…while you hoped you could spend time outside. While packing a t-shirt is not exactly required – the weather is never hot in Scotland – an umbrella sure is.

Sample temperatures

Aberdeen avg high 17C ; avg low 10C
Edinburgh avg high 18C; avg low 10C
Glasgow avg high 18C; avg low 11C
Inverness avg high 17C; avg low 11C

>>read more about Weather in Scotland

Flights and accommodation

August is the busiest month in Scotland because of two major events in Edinburgh: Festival Fringe and Military Tattoo. Add to this the fact that August is the month when most Europeans take their summer vacations, and you’ve got a busy , crowded and quite expensive time of the year on your hands. So, make sure to book the flights ahead of time (book one at least 4 to 8 weeks before departure, unless you plan to wait for a special sale). When it comes to accommodation, book the hotel room well ahead of time, especially if you plan to visit Edinburgh. If you think the prices are too high, you can always choose one of the hostels , but please note that these book up months in advance, as well, thanks to the famous festivals in Edinburgh.

Things to do

Two major events in Edinburgh take center stage in August: Festival Fringe (August 3-27, 2012*) and Military Tattoo (August 3-25, 2012)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe is world’s largest arts festival. It is particularly famous for showcasing experimental works, so if you are passionate about theatre, music and arts in general, this is the place to be.

Military Tattoo is a military parade taking place at Edinburgh Castle, as part of the Festival Fringe.

>>also read about the Free Things to do in Edinburgh

But , if the weather is nice, you should also plan to explore the outdoors. The Scottish Highlands should not be missed . The famous Loch Ness and the castles are waiting to be discovered by the visitors.

Or if you want to stay in a city but the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh is too much for you, then Glasgow is a lovely choice. Plus, it’s a paradise for those who plan to do some shopping during the vacation . Hit the outdoor markets and try the local food or head to one of the shopping centers. If you have a sweet tooth, you could visit the Tunnocks chocolate factory.

If you appreciate spirits, then why not indulge in a whisky tasting experience? You can follow the Whisky trail, but be careful not to drive after too much “tasting”.

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Note:*the exact dates change from year to year, but the month remains the same.

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