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Scotland weather late April vs. early June?

We're thinking of doing the RS Scotland tour in 2024 in either late April vs. early June.
C's personal preference is to finish in April b/c we'll be traveling to Amsterdam and Paris for a few days afterwards and we've had the bad luck to roast in near-40 deg C weather in Europe in June multiple times in the last few years. D thinks April might be too cold. Can anyone (esp veterans of recent RS Scotland tours) comment on weather in Scotland? We're not planning hiking in bad weather unless the tour activities require it. And do we really need ankle high waterproof boots (as opposed to waterproof Gortex lowtops) or two pairs of shoes?

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There is really no way of know what the weather will be like. We might have a super April and a damp wet June, or vice versa. We could get 4 seasons in one day. Snow could fall at pretty much any time if it's cold enough. Honestly nobody can tell you which is better. I've lived on Skye for 7 years and no two years have been the same. Temperature and rainfall charts only give averages. It really does change from day to day. Pick the time that works best with your other plans and pack lots of layers, a waterproof and windproof jacket and some stout walking shoes, preferably waterproof. Also hat and gloves. Do not bring an umbrella. Nobody her uses them as it's always too windy!

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We did Scotland mid April 2009. This was private trip, no RS. We did it with friends from London who were amazed by the good weather we had--sunny for four of the five days we were there and rainy for one (Edinburgh, West Highland Way, Skye, Inverness). Temp wasn't too bad--probably 50s-60s. Some of the photos I have we look all zipped up in jackets and other photos we are in long sleeved t shirts. All about the layering. What is that saying--no bad weather, just bad outerwear planning? I wore low top Merrells the whole time.

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What you will notice in June are longer hours of daylight.