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Tell me about Sctoland the last week of October.

We don't have the luxury to travel in high season so this is the only time we can visit.

I have looked at the average Temperatures but that only gives you a glimpse.

Can you tell me from personal experience how was the weather when you visited the last part of October?

Was it nicer than you thought it would be or worse?

We are planning Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Iverness and Edinburgh, Roslyn Chapel if that helps. Driving ourselves.

thank you for any hints and tricks.

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Remember the clocks go back then. It is the beginning of Winter and the nights get longer.

Also a large number of tourist sites will have closed or moved to limited hours.

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You can get bright sunny days in October, or you can get wind and rain. It's pointless trying to second guess the weather. The weather won't stop you travelling.

As stated, the point about October is that daylight is getting shorter as the nights draw in, and tourist attractions reduce their opening hours.

Should you travel - yes of course.

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You can get bright sunny days in October, or you can get wind and rain. It's pointless trying to second guess the weather. The weather won't stop you travelling.

This is Scotland, we can get that on the same day, the same hour. In July! Though it is currently gorgeous here.

October is not a bad time to travel, if the sites are open you will have them much to yourself.

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After the clocks change the last weekend in October, it will be dark at 4.30 pm.

Weatherwise, you may get 4 seasons in one day, just bring appropriate clothing. I was there last July and one day, it was 7 degrees Celsius in the daytime!

There are much prettier lochs than the hideous tourist trap that is Loch Ness. Skye - 3 days is a reasonable amount of time to spend there, as it takes time to navigate the narrow roads. Edinburgh has plenty to keep you occupied for another 3 days.

If there is anything specific that you want to see, Google each attraction to check opening days and times before you plan your itinerary. If using Google maps, add at least 30% to their travel times, as it tends to be optimistic.

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Just dress in layers and figure it will usually be chilly. You won't go wrong with boots, a waterproof coat, rain hat, and layers of sweaters -- oh, and fingerless gloves. Alpaca and cashmere sweaters & scarves are excellent for travel because they give you lots of warmth with very little bulk. Silk undershirts are another "secret weapon" for staying warm without bulk. Spray all of your outerwear with waterproofing before you leave home.