Weather in Scotland in September

Is September a good time to visit Scotland?

The summer crowds begin to dissipate, the leaves begin to turn yellow and brown, and the weather is mild and pleasant … Scotland in September is idyllic, particularly for those intent on walking in the Highlands. Local entrepreneurs are counting their takings from the summer season and girding their loins (or should that be their kilts!) for the advent of Christmas and New Year, and as the days draw in there are plenty of special offers to be had for visitors in the tail end of the busy summer season.


Climate in Scotland in September

The average maximum temperature in Scotland during September is a pleasant 16°C, with a minimum of 9°C, which means visitors can expect to be cool during the day, and chilly at night. Average rainfall in this damp and often overcast country in September is 500mm, but the west coast tends to be drier than the east. As autumn takes hold the days become shorter, and the hours of sunshine less, but the average sunshine hours are around 4.5 out of 24. Scotland in September can thus be summed up as mild, with the risk of rain moderate, and the scenic quotient high.


What’s on in Scotland in September

The British Royal family usually turn out for the Braemar Gathering – Scotland’s most famed Highland Games meeting, where the tossing of the caber is exalted to an art form. At Glamis Castle in the East the popular Countryside Festival provides a great family day out while across the country September celebrates the traditional food and drink of Scotland with a host of events during the Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight.


What to pack for a holiday in Scotland in September

For country pursuits a padded, waterproof parka and study walking boots should form the basis of your wardrobe for a holiday in Scotland in September. Under the outerwear layer up with t-shirts, sweaters and some comfortable trousers. With unpredictable weather, it is wise to be kitted out for all eventualities – from weak sunshine to frosty nights.