Weather in Scotland in April
April brings spring to Scotland, with longer days, sunshine with a modicum of warmth and below average rainfall as the countryside becomes clothed in green and the snow-melt engorges rivers and streams. It’s still very chilly, especially for visitors from warmer climes. A great time for walking, salmon fishing and sightseeing, in advance of the busy summer tourist season.
Climate in Scotland in April
The average temperature in Scotland in April is around 10°C, but nights still wallow in single figures and, with the various micro-climates created by the mountains, it can be very cold still in some of the Highland glens (valleys), albeit that spring has officially sprung. As far as rain goes, April is one of the drier months in Scotland, with an average of 380mm, although once again this is changeable depending on the area.
What’s on in Scotland in April
Scotland is the home of malt whisky, and connoisseurs gather eagerly each year in April/May in Speyside for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, packed with a multitude of heritage, music and cultural events along with whisky tastings and delicious food. Early in the month the Dumfries & Galloway Wildlife Festival takes place, celebrating the stirring of spring life in the countryside, with guided walks, poetry, music and a programme of family activities. The month of April in Scotland closes with the dramatic Beltane Fire Festival, one of Edinburgh’s showpiece events, drawing more than 10,000 spectators every year.
What to pack
Sacrifice fashion for comfort and warmth when planning your wardrobe for a trip to Scotland in April. Waterproofing is vital … a padded waterproof jacket, good quality comfortable footwear and a woolly hat will be welcome when out and about. Underneath go for layers of light sweaters, and t-shirts – it can be very warm tasting whisky beside a roaring fire indoors! Even outdoors the odd sunny spell can have you stripping off your jacket and reveling in the spring warmth.