Weather in Scotland in October

Colour pervades the landscape in Scotland in October, as the foliage takes on a golden glow, the deer are rutting and locals prepare for the oncoming harshness of winter. This is a season of “mellow fruitfulness” across the British Isles, particularly apparent in Scotland. The aroma of bonfires pervades the air in city and countryside as geese gather on the Solway coast, swans near Dumfries, and grey fur seal pups congregate at Oronsay. This is a glorious time for wildlife spotting in Scotland.


Climate in Scotland in October
Rain is prevalent all year round in Scotland, and October brings its fair share of showers with an average of 118mm on the wetter east coast and 50mm on the west. The days are shorter, and average temperatures drop to between a maximum of 12°C and 6°C. Relative humidity can be in the region of 86%, making for damp, chilly conditions all round.


What’s on in Scotland in October
A Scottish holiday in October can be an outdoor affair, despite weather conditions deteriorating into the zone of winter. Autumn sees the running of one of the UK’s leading marathons, along the shores of Loch Ness, from Fort Augustus through to the Queen’s Stadium in Inverness. Those who prefer to walk, rather than run, head for the Cowal Peninsula for the annual Walking and Arts Festival, which offers a choice of more than 70 guided walks. Indoors Edinburgh offers the Mountain Film Festival, and at Blair Atholl the skirl of the pipes fills the ballroom of Blair Castle when the Glenfiddich Piping and Fiddling Championship takes place – one of Scotland’s most important music events.


What to pack
A warm fleece, wool socks, stout shoes or trainers and a waterproof slicker are essentials for a trip to Scotland in October. Don’t forget your camera to capture the magical autumn colours!