Scottish Highlands Weather

The Scottish Highlands is known for its diverse weather changes through the seasons, although the weather in Scotland does not differ that much from England, Scotland is a bit more cloudy.
The average sunshine hours are at their maximum in May and June and the least in December and January.  Because of the high latitude the winter days are very short but are compensated with only 5 hours  of almost darkness in the long summer days. Rainfall is another key element of Scottish weather.


The winds favourite direction is from the south-west and strong winds occur more often and are the strongest in the Western Isles and the north-west coast with January and
February being the coldest months with an average of around 5 to 7 °C where the summer months have an average of about 19 Degrees centigrade.
The annual mean temperature on Ben Nevis (1344m) is -0.3C and Snowfall occurs on less than 20 days near the west-coast to more than 100 days in the Cairngorm Mountains mainly in the months December to March.

From Easter the whole of Scotland opens up all the, zoos, parks, national parks, museums, science centres, workshops, open days, Live history in the shape of out door shows and pageantry, castles, gardens, art galleries, activity centres for the water sports, sailing, golf, horse riding,  whisky tasting -Follow the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside with signposts that lead you through the picturesque lush countryside of Speyside to seven working distilleries, including  Benromach, Dallas Dhu, Glen Moray, Strathisla, Glen Grant, Speyside, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and the Cardhu.

Whether you are touring the country, taking in a sight or two having a short break, in the beautiful country side, mountains, Lochs, rivers, or the sea side, enjoying a gentle country stroll or trekking long distance routes, through glens and mountain passes and forestry tracks, taking a breezy coastal walk, or just having a fun day out with the family Scotland has the perfect place for you to visit in the spring, then after a day in the great outdoors you can enjoy a relaxing drink in the town’s restaurants, pubs and hotels, many of which  have live Celtic and Scottish music in the evenings.

Summer in the Scottish Highlands In the summer this area is stunningly beautiful with a wild landscape, becoming a Highland playground for out door activities with whale and seal watching, sailing in a glass bottomed boat from Kyle of Lochalsh, or higher a mountain bike and use the many off road bike areas set up for people to use a good one is just by Balnain , Balnain Bike Park is a muscle-stretching, lung-bursting fun for the experienced mountain bike it is the cycling equivalent of a skateboard park, just as testing of your skills and every bit as energetic, with runs and jumps, the park  is graded double black.

There is Boating on the may lochs and sea sailing, with fishing, golf, hiking, horse Riding, rock climbing, kayaking and many, many, more activities on offer with agencies offering there expertise in the activity you choose, you will have a safe and enjoyable time, there are lots of beautiful walks so suit every level of ability all here for you the traveller to enjoy, on the other hand the Highlands in summer offers the peace and tranquillity just to sit and chill out, whatever you want we have it all here for you to enjoy.

Autumn in the Scottish Highlands  Autumn's crisp chill and vibrant colorations provide the perfect backdrop for a visit to the Highlands.

There are rivers, lochs and forests offering spectacular colours of the trees, from golden yellow to fiery red, bright orange and dark cranberry, miles of white sand beaches, mountain ranges with hiking, fishing villages, and coastal resorts with elegant yachts bobbing in the harbour.

Holidays in the Highlands are richly rewarding, this is a fantastic time for photography, with the sun shinning in the crisp chill of the day you will not be disappointed, this is also a good time of year for spotting the wild life.

Once the day is done of course the welcoming pubs will be open for a dram to warm you up, a good meal and good company to follow.

Winter in the Scottish Highlands

The winters are mild at low altitude but become snowier and colder with the higher mountains they can have up to 6 months of snow The days are shorter and the secret is to get up a wee bit earlier.

Apart from the all year round skiing thanks to a combination of five conventional ski areas, an indoor snow centre, and a dozen artificial surfaced dry land slopes, known worldwide the highlands in winter offer much, much more like the vast birch, pine and montane shrub forest, such as those in the glen Affric area, the forests are often backed by snow capped peaks, which offer the traveller if out in fresh snow an opportunity to see the track of a pine marten or a wildcat out during the night looking for food.

Weather permitting the Aurora borealis is visible on winter nights and especially at the climax of the 11 year cycle.To the east are the cairngorms,  the northwest highlands also create extreme cold that rivals the cairngorms, the trunks and branches of the trees now have nothing but lichen to shield them from winter winds the red deer are not seen in great numbers during the summer months but come winter they make their way down to the lower levels to search for food.

what ever happens remember winter in the highlands has more to offer than the skiing, wood burning stoves warm and cosy to warm the winter chill and company to while away the hours what the winter was invented for.

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