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Weather in Scotland

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Weather can be a challenge for Scotland golf, but it is not as bad as some would have you think. I have spent countless glorious days on Scotland golf courses under skies that are equal parts blue and billowy white. The long summer evenings, a blessing of Scotland’s high latitude, can be quiet and still, inviting the golfer out to a peaceful round after supper. The moderate breeze that is fairly common, especially on links courses, adds another interesting element that must be factored into your game, along with the slope of the landing area and the break of the green.

When a squall comes in off the North Sea or out of the Atlantic it can be awe inspiring and magnificent, or just downright miserable. The locals are fond of saying that Scotland doesn't have a climate, just weather. If you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes. It is a national joke that, in Scotland, one can experience four seasons in one day.

Because the weather is so important to your enjoyment of your golf vacation, The Independent Golfer's Guide has an entire chapter devoted to it.

To look at an excerpt from Chapter #9– "Four Seasons in One Day", Click Here

While you are waiting for your book to arrive in the mail, you might be interested in the brief topics below.

The Independent Golfer's Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

"Best" Time to Golf in Scotland
You can select a Time For Your Scotland Golf Vacation that has a better chance of offering good weather and that will allow you to avoid the bigger tourist crowds.

Preparing for the Weather
The other thing you can do is Prepare Yourself for the weather. With proper gear, it’s actually possible to enjoy yourself in the elements. The Scots certainly do.

What's The Weather Like Today?
If you want to see what is happening now (or for the next five days) click Current Weather Conditions

Caddienotes for Golf Courses in Scotland

The Best time to Travel In Scotland

Generally speaking, the west coast of Scotland is wetter but warmer than the east. It benefits from the effects of the gulf stream that wraps around the North Atlantic bringing warmer currents to lap on western shores. The east is dryer but often receives its weather directly from the North Sea which can add a real nip to the air. This being said, the temperatures across Scotland is never as extreme as we are led to believe. You never encounter either very hot or very cold conditions. Records show us that the warmest months are July and August with average highs of 65º. June averages 63º and September 61º. May and October are 58º and 54º respectively.

Busiest Travel Times
For these weather reasons, as well as for reasons related to personal schedules, kids’ school holidays and just habit, August seems to be the busiest time of the year for tourists in Scotland, especially the first three weeks which offer some bank holidays for local Brits and coincide with customary American travel times. June and July are next in the “busiest” line, followed by May and September and then April an October.

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Preparing for Scottish Weather
During Your Golf Vacation

Even extreme weather need not be disastrous for your golf game. Scots regularly play in strong wind, rain or cold, though admittedly, they tend to migrate to the clubhouse when all three are present.

Dress for the Weather
The first step in your preparation should be to dress in layers. You can take off that outer shell and sweater as the day warms and then put them back on with a rain jacket over the top when that unexpected squall blows in.

There are a few items that you should always pack along, on even the brightest sunny day.

  • A full-sized golf umbrella is a must.
  • A good rain hat is also advisable, one with a brim.
  • A good rain suit will be a lifesaver.
  • It is a good idea to use a bag cover to protect your clubs, especially your grips, from a soaking.
  • Special rain gloves are very handy on wet days..
  • Carry two pair of reasonably priced golf shoes. When they get wet they need a day to dry

If you have the need to purchase any equipment or clothing for your trip to Scotland let me offer some suggestions. You will find these prices to be very competitive.

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