Weather in Scotland in June

 

Summer has officially arrived in Scotland in June – long golden days are to be expected (you can enjoy the novelty of writing your postcards at 11pm in daylight), but more realistically the unpredictable nature of Scotland’s weather means that as a visitor, it’s the luck of the draw! June is, according to averages, a dry month in Scotland, but be prepared for rain showers. Temperatures are moderate, and when the sun shines it can be very warm. You may find you have to queue at tourist attractions, and pay more for accommodation and food, as locals prepare to capitalize on the peak tourist season.

 

Climate in Scotland in June

Scotland in June enjoys temperatures in the mid-teens Celsius, and the average rainfall is a relatively low  350mm for the month, as summer sets in and floods of tourists hit the high spots. The countryside is glorious in Scotland in June, and with around 17 hours of daylight out of each 24 there is plenty of time to enjoy it.

 

What’s on in Scotland in June

Scots emerge in force to enjoy the early summer weather in June. One of the largest June events in Scotland is the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, held across four days, with exhibitions of prize-winning animals, food and drink, flowers and crafts. The capital also hosts the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June, drawing together the work and artists involved in the best in British and international cinema. More remote, but no less attractive, Lerwick – main town on the Shetland Islands – is abuzz with the Flavour of Shetland Festival, showcasing food, drink, craft, culture and music performances.

 

What to pack

While T-shirts and jeans should enable you to keep your cool in the warm early Scottish summer days, a sweater and light jacket will be welcome when the sun hides behind the clouds. Pack a waterproof or umbrella in your daypack for those ever-threatening Scottish rain showers, which can take you by surprise. Sun protection is necessary if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.