Weather in Scotland in November

Is November a good time to visit Scotland?

If you strike it lucky you are in for some crisp, bright days during November in Scotland. While the squirrels in the woods hoard their nuts for winter, you can dine on heart-warming Scotch broth and game dishes, the leaves falling and snow covering the higher mountains. It’s just the right time of year to relax and warm up with some malt whisky in front of the fire after a day spent hiking in the fresh Highland air.

Climate in Scotland in November

Ever unpredictable and unsettled, the weather in November in Scotland could bring gloomy skies and rain showers, or sunshine and crystal clear days. Fortunate visitors enjoy a mix of both, as autumn heads into winter. Maximum temperatures hover just under the double-figure mark at 6-8°C, approaching freezing at night as the first frosts set in. November can be fairly wet, the average rainfall being around 115mm in the east and 75mm in the west.

What’s on in Scotland in November?

There’s never a dull moment in Scotland no matter what the season, but of particular note in late November , with the festive season in the offing, is the opening of Edinburgh’s Christmas, including a traditional Christmas Market, fun run, Reindeer Garden, Winter Wonderland and numerous other highlights on the Christmas theme. In Glasgow the fun is on ice, with the setting up of one of the biggest outdoor ice rinks in Europe, lit up by the city’s spectacular illuminations, in George Square.

What to pack for a holiday in Scotland in November

Shake out your thermal underwear, take the mothballs out of your warmest winter overcoat, and pack your winter woollies for a trip to Scotland in November. You may well enjoy some sunny days, but they will be chilly and you will need your warm socks, comfy walking boots and a few layers under your coat to be cosy in the outdoors.