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Rick Steves Scotland tour

My husband and I have decided to go to Scotland next year with a Rick Steves group. We are wondering what month would be best to visit. Any ideas?

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My wife and I are also signed up for next year in the RS Scotland tour, we chose the very end of August into Sept because the airline tickets drop around August 22 due to the end of the summer vacation season. If you really hate cooler weather then the July & August times are best. I have been to Scotland just for 2-3 days once before and loved it but you have to dress in layers and a waterproof jacket & umbrella were a must for us. We like to travel in the "shoulder seasons" April, May, September & October due to the fact that there are less crowds and the weather is cooler, especially in the Mediterranean. Hope you have a great trip!

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Thank you--cooler weather is fine with us. Airline prices are important, so I'll definitely look at tours after August 22!

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I went in August and experienced all types of weather, from sunny days (mostly), to downpours, so yes to layers. And bring an umbrella.
Also you might want to check out the dates of the Fringe Festival which runs through most of August in Edinburgh. The city is packed with people coming to attend the many, many events.
The Festival is fun, but it makes the usual tourist venues very crowded. It will also impact your reservations if you plan on coming into Edinburgh early or staying on after the tour. Bring some Dramamine for the bus, as it heads into the Highlands, if you are at all prone to the least bit of motion sickness. If you don't need it, some grateful co-traveler might.

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We are booked end of April first week of may 2018. We decided we like traveling in April/first week of may(shoulder season). Can't go in September because husband has to watch his college football games. HA-HA Cooler weather and less crowds. Took the Holland/Belgium tour 2016 in April and perfect weather. We did the 8 day Barcelona/Madrid in June this year. TOOOOOOOO hot.

I was in Scotland in Mid June 2010 and it was nice to warm weather.