When to Visit Edinburgh

by SmarterTravel Staff

With colorful seasons and outdoor celebrations, Edinburgh can be a delightful vacation destination almost anytime of year. However, the warm months of summer are the most popular time to visit, especially in August when festivals abound. Winter may be the least popular time with cooler temperatures, but prices are also low and there are no crowds.

Spring and fall can be ideal times to visit the city, as the weather is still pleasant, there are fewer visitors, and prices remain affordable.

  • high season: June to September
  • low season: December to January
  • shoulder season: October to November, February to May

Weather Information

Edinburgh experiences a temperate maritime climate during its four seasons, with temperatures rarely falling below freezing. Summers are warm, but not hot, with average highs in the 60s. Average high temperatures fall into the 40s during the winter months. Spring and fall weather is mild, with average high temperatures in the high 40s and 50s. Rain falls evenly throughout the year.

Crowd Information

August is a very busy month for festivals in Edinburgh, including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Festival of Spirituality and Peace. December and January tend to be the quietest months, but Hogmanay around New Year's Eve attracts a large crowd.

Closure Information

Most hotels, restaurants, and attractions remain open throughout the year. However, shops in smaller communities and banks may close on Sundays and for public holidays.

When to Save

The most expensive time to visit is during the summer high season, and prices are the least expensive during the winter low season.

Information provided by VisitScotland.

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