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Weather tips for Highlands, September

Is it likely to be cool enough NOT to bring any capri pants and short sleeve tee-shirts along Sept. 19 to 30, Glasgow to Ft. Wm. - to Inverness and finally to Edinburgh??

Posted by
1586 posts

During multiple trips to Scotland in June, we have NEVER been hot - warm enough once at Urquhart Castle for a T-shirt. I would be very surprised if you encountered a heat-wave in September - you are more likely to want a cardigan or fleece!
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Posted by
4737 posts

I returned home two days ago from a Scottish holiday. Unfortunately, they are having their worst summer for 40 years according to the locals and for two days, the MAXIMUM daytime temperature didn't get above 7 degrees and it was wet! We had taken shorts and were expecting 15 to 20 degrees. We spent the entire holiday in jeans and always had a fleece and waterproof to hand. BBC said they had had significantly more rain than the average, but the south east of England has only had 38% of its average levels. This good news is that there were fewer midges about as even they like some warmth.

The weather may change by September, but look at forecasts on the BBC just before you visit or repost on here nearer the time.

Posted by
970 posts

Best bet is to check the long-range forecast just before you pack.

My guess is that mornings and evenings, at least, will be too cool for summer wear. More likely light jacket weather,

Posted by
5559 posts

I don't think you'll really need the capri's. I always have a pair of convertible pants, just in case, but I think that the number of times, I have taken the "legs" off is pretty small. On the other hand, I do find it handy to have at least one short sleeved shirt. It can be a layer under a long sleeved shirt giving added warmth as well as being an option for a warm day.


Posted by
340 posts

Last year when we were in Edinburgh about the same time of year, they were having a bit of a heat wave (for them) but I was still comfy in long slacks. A previous trip there a few years before, it was a bit chilly and so I had an "excuse" to buy a few wool sweaters!!

It so happens that my husband and I will be in the same area you mentioned at the same time you will be. I won't be taking capri pants, but will have some short sleeved and 3/4 sleeved shirts with me that I will layer with sweaters, especially once the sun goes down (husband usually only takes long sleeves though). Just be sure to bring a hooded rain jacket.


Posted by
552 posts

I was in Scotland in September a few years ago, and after watching the weather reports for a while before leaving I decided to take my Gortex jacket without the fleece liner. I was glad I did as I encountered that constant Scottish mist on more than one occasion that lasted through a whole days. It was never really cold so I didn't miss the fleece liner, but take something you can layer just in case. On the days it was sunny I didn't find the jacket too warm, but I also would have been okay in a medium weight fall jacket I wear at home in the fall. I was all the way up to Inverness and the Isle of Skye.