Weather in Scotland in July

Is July a good time to visit Scotland?

Head for the coast for whale-watching in Scotland in July – the glorious summer month when the scenery is magnificent, there is plenty happening everywhere, and the weather is predominantly warm and sunny, particularly on the east coast. Rain can never be ruled out in Scotland though, whatever the season, but with luck and the kindness of Mother Nature, there should be a preponderance of warm, sunny days to grace your holiday.


Climate in Scotland in July

With rainfall approaching the lowest levels of the year (320mm for the month) in Scotland, long, languid sunny days should be the norm in July. A July Scotland holiday is blessed with long hours of daylight and temperatures of an average 20°C, on occasion approaching the thirsty thirties if there is a heatwave. In general, the weather is pleasant, comfortable and ideal for sightseeing or walking.


What’s on in Scotland in July

July is the month which sees the testing of many a kilted local in traditional Highland Games contests across Scotland. It’s also a time for cycling, walking and horse-riding to discover the great outdoors. For those who are hip and happening, July is the month for Scotland’s top music festival, T In the Park, at Balado, Kinross-shire. Then there is the Hebridean Celtic Festival, Glasgow’s River Festival, the Inverness Tattoo, the Tarbert Seafood Festival and so much more. The best advice is to access the local website of the city/town/region you intend to visit and find out what’s on.


What to pack for a holiday in Scotland in July                                  

T-shirts and jeans are ideal, and perhaps a few skirts and pairs of shorts for particularly warm days. Always keep a jumper and waterproof poncho handy for sudden changes in the weather. You can even get away with sandals most of the time, but trainers and socks will be kindest on the feet if you are planning to do a lot of walking on a Scottish holiday in July. Sun cream, a shady hat and sunglasses are recommended to counteract the glare of the greenery, sea or loch.