A Guide to Scotland's Seasons

Ready to set the date for your trip? Today, we’re sharing our thoughts on the best time to visit Scotland. Of course, the answer depends on what you want to get out of your visit. So let’s take a look…

Winter (December to February)

Highlights: Spectacular winter scenery, cosy hotel breaks, quietest time to visit.

Winter is a truly magical time to visit Scotland. Here in the Highlands, we are treated to spectacular frosty scenes; Snow-capped mountains, sparkling lochs and misty glens. This is the quietest time to visit, which means fewer crowds and a calmer experience. We have excellent transport links and good roads, so getting here is easy, even in the colder weather. Once here, there is much to keep you busy. Plenty of attractions stay open over the winter, and there are lots of wonderful winter snow sports and activities. The winter skies are dark in the Highlands, and on a clear night there’s the chance to see thousands of stars. You might even witness the amazing Northern Lights! Enjoy crisp walks and winter wildlife. After exploring the beautiful Highlands, return to Ness Walk Hotel for some 5-star relaxation. Nestle by the fire, indulge in delectable dining and get warm and comfortable in your hotel room.

A deer in the winter snow

Spring (March to May)

Highlights: Wildlife and nature in bloom, more daylight hours, quieter than the summer months

As nature wakes up from its winter slumber, spring bursts into bloom. This is a wonderful time to enjoy our local parks and gardens, as colourful flowers and foliage take over the landscapes. Admire spring scenes, such as baby lambs in the fields. Get together with friends and family over the Easter break. Follow our spring itinerary to take in some of the best attractions. The days get longer, meaning more time for your outdoor adventures. The sun stays out for longer and the weather gets a little drier and a little warmer. And although it’s getting busier in the tourist spots, it’s still quieter than the peak summer months. This is such a bright and optimistic time of year, we bloomin’ love spring in Scotland!

Close up view of a beautiful Peacock butterfly on lavender flower

Summer (June to August)

Highlights: Warmest weather, long summer evenings, great festivals and events

Summer is the warmest and sunniest season, and therefore the most popular with tourists. All of the summer attractions are in full swing, and everyone is out enjoying themselves. Here in the Highlands, we have vibrant summer music festivals to look forward to, including The Gathering, Under Canvas and Tartan Heart. You can play on the beach, get out on the golf course or the take part in thrilling water sports. The evenings are very long over the summer. Here in Inverness, the sun sets at 10 pm in July. So you can stay out for longer and enjoy drinks outside in the evenings.

Aerial view of Inverness and the River Ness

Autumn (September to November)

Highlights: Beautiful autumnal colours, long walks, comfort food and drink

The Scottish landscape is awash with the reds and golds of the autumn leaves. The summer crowds have dispersed and our thoughts turn to cosy nights by the fire. Tuck into hearty comfort foods such as casseroles and pies. Enjoy an afternoon tea, showcasing the colours and produce of the season. Enjoy long walks amongst magnificent scenery and look out for an array of autumn wildlife, from leaping dolphins to the annual stag rut. Sip on a warming hot chocolate or a dram of single malt whisky. Then snuggle up in your luxury hotel room. The next morning, tuck into a hearty Scottish breakfast, and get ready to do it all again.

Autumn trees

As you can see, every season has its reasons to visit. From the depths of winter to the heights of summer, there’s so much to see and do. So, book your stay at Ness Walk Hotel and get ready for the trip of a lifetime. When do you think is the best time to visit Scotland? Share your thoughts with us.

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