Best weather to visit Scotland

Scotland Weather: Winter

Cold, wet and gloomy season is not good for outdoor activities

Best time: December, January, February


Scotland's climate is influenced by the North Atlantic Drift, which doesn't let Scotland's coast freeze in the winter. The climate is oceanic, with no extremes, but weather can vary especially in the winter. The east coast has a more continental climate than the west, so it's more dry and cold. The coldest parts of Scotland are the mountains, where frost and snow are possible. The north region of Scotland remains very dark in the winter.

January and February are the coldest months, but the temperature stays above zero. Scotland has from 15 to 20 snow days per year. However, it rarely stays on the ground, except for the mountains. The first snow falls in December and it starts to melt in March.