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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Scotland

Peak Season: July to August

Scotland’s high season is short. Accommodations are hard to come by and narrow Highland roads are congested. Book at least 6-8 months in advance for stays during the Edinburgh Festival (August).

Off Season: October to March

Excepting those individuals who book a year ahead for Glasgow and Edinburgh’s famous Hogmanay celebrations on December 31st (be aware that storms sometimes interfere with these shenanigans), short, dark, rainy days keep most visitors away.

Sweet Spot: April to June; September

Often blessed with surprisingly pleasant weather, shoulder season allows you to see Scotland without summer’s hordes. Just bring bug spray: midges, bane of the Scotland’s Highlands, are out en force.

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