GREAT SCOT! SNOW IN EDINBURGH
Last week Edinburgh was transformed into a winter wonderland as the city experienced a snowfall that hasn’t been seen since the hit of 2012’s Beast from the East. In the midst of what has felt like a long dark winter during an even longer pandemic, the atmosphere in Edinburgh was significantly lifted as people raced out to build snowmen and buy sleds (sledge as they call it here 🤷♀️ ). Most kids are still doing distance learning in Scotland, and could be seen taking advantage of all the hills, flying down on the red plastic sleds that have taken over the city 🛷.
As someone who grew up near Seattle where were were lucky to get one small snowfall a year, anytime it snows I’m excited. There’s something magical about walking out into a world covered in a blanket of snow – I’m not sure the novelty will ever wear off!
Curious to know more about winter in Scotland? Keep scrolling!
6 Scottish Winter Facts
1. Winter in Scotland typically ranges from mid November til early March
2. Despite what you may think, Scotland has a pretty temperate climate, even in winter! January and February are generally the coldest months, but even then highest temperatures during the day average from 5 °C (41 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F).
3. Although we do regularly get fresh snowfalls in Scotland (on average it snows 15 – 20 days per year), the amount of snow depends on where and when you visit. Generally, the north of Scotland and the west coast are most likely to receive snow and snow can be seen on the mountains pretty much all winter.
4. The most distinctive feature of Scottish winter weather is how unreliable it can be, so I recommend being ready for everything! One moment the skies may be blue and sunny, and the next they’re clouded over and a mixture of snow and rain, affectionately called ‘sleet’ is coming down.
5. Did you know it’s possible to see the Northern Lights in Scotland? This is especially true in the northern parts of the country. I recommend downloading and checking an aurora forecast app, and keeping an eye out especially in the northern isles like Shetland, Orkney, Lewis and Harris!
6. While August is known as the festival month in Scotland, some of the biggest traditions are also held during winter. From Hogmanay to Burns night, there is plenty to celebrate during winter.