With balmy days and lush green scenery, summer in Scotland is a magical time. But yes, even in the summer it sometimes rains. Where do you think all the lovely lochs, luscious woodlands and world famous whisky comes from?
Although the sun does often shine in Scotland, we’re used to having a rainy day or two so we’ve got great ideas to keep you entertained, even if it’s a bit wet outside!
Play our game on your holiday and find great things to do, whatever the weather’s up to.
Day 1 –
Sunny – North Berwick Beach
A day at the beach is one of the best ways to spend a sunny day in Scotland! Treat yourself to a luxurious ice cream in North Berwick and enjoy it at the beach front. The fantastic Scottish Seabird Centre is just a short walk away too.
Rainy – National Museum of Flight
Keep dry in the traditional WWII aircraft hangars, located at East Fortune Airfield, and see impressive aircraft, such as a Concorde, a Spitfire and a Tornado F3.
Day 2 –
Sunny – Pick your own fruit
Head to a pick your own fruit farm when the sun is shining and gather punnets of fresh raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and more. Scotland produces some of the best soft fruits in the world, particularly in areas such as Perthshire, Angus and Fife.
Rainy – Visit a distillery
Discover how the ‘water of life’ is crafted on a distillery tour and listen as your talented guide brings the process to life. You can even enjoy a warming dram at the end too.
Day 3 –
Sunny – Sea kayaking
Enjoy a paddling adventure as the sunlight glitters on the water around you. Great places for sea kayaking include the waters around Argyll & The Isles, the Isle of Cumbrae and the Outer Hebrides.
Rainy – Drumlanrig Castle
Shelter indoors and take in the splendour of a real Scottish castle (if it has a roof, of course!). Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries & Galloway is a stunning example of 17th century architecture and is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the country.
Day 4 –
Sunny – Highland Wildlife Park
Head to an open air wildlife park and watch the animals enjoying the warm sunshine. At the Highland Wildlife Park you can see the UK’s only female polar bear, named Victoria, as well as native Scottish animals, such as wildcats.
Rainy – House of Bruar Foodhall
A rainy day is the perfect time to visit a Scottish food hall or farm shop to try tasty Scottish produce. The foodhall at House of Bruar is crammed with mouth-watering treats to enjoy. You could even pick up goodies and hold your very own (indoor) picnic!
Day 5 –
Sunny – Golf
If you love golf, nothing will beat playing a round in the country that gave the game to the world – especially on a sunny day! Scotland is packed with great courses to choose from and regularly hosts prestigious championships, such as The Open.
Rainy – Climb aboard a historic ship
Wet weather doesn’t mean you have to avoid water-based attractions! There are several historic ships in Scotland (the Royal Yacht Britannia, The Tall Ship Glenlee and the RRS Discovery to name a few) where you can explore below deck.
Day 6 –
Sunny – Orkney
Orkney’s glorious landscapes are awesome at the best of times, but on a sunny day the views really will take your breath away. Enjoy a walk in the sunshine out to the majestic cliffs and see if you can spot whales off-shore.
Rainy – The Shetland Museum & Archive
Wet weather is a great time to uncover treasures from the past at a fascinating museum. Learn about Shetland’s history at the Shetland Museum and Archives, see exhibits including delicate Shetland lace and Pictish art and visit the renovated Boat Shed to watch vessels being constructed by hand using age-old techniques.
Day 7 –
Sunny – Isle of Arran
Pedal power is one of the best ways to see Scotland (and enjoy the sunshine). At only 20 miles long and 10 miles wide, Arran is perfect for a cycling adventure and you’ll find lots of glorious viewpoints and fascinating attractions to stop off at too.
Rainy – Mount Stuart
As well as plenty of castles, Scotland is home to more than a few historic houses and opulent mansions. Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to see what treasures lay behind their doors. Visit Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute to marvel at the magnificent Victorian Gothic architecture and fine furnishings.
Other fun things to do:
- Visit Edinburgh Castle and see the Scottish Crown Jewels, known as the Honours of Scotland.
- Snap pictures of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, near Fort William.
- Take a Loch Ness boat cruise and see if you can spot Nessie.
- Indulge your tastebuds on the Seafood Trail.
- Stand amidst the Calanais Standing Stones.
- Stretch your legs on a walk out to the Striding Arches.