Many people ask questions about what the weather in Scotland is like, which would be well met with the old saying "All the seasons in one day". This can be applied to any location throughout the country at literally any time of year. The weather can - and does - change very quickly and you should be prepared for anything.  That said, in western Scotland, which is a popular area among many visitors, there are often good spells of dry and sunny weather in the spring - April to early June.   

It rains a lot in Scotland and the end result of all this water is the wonderful whisky! However rain can be inconvenient and you should carry suitable waterproofs with you. It goes without saying that when driving a vehicle in the rain you should take the usual safety precautions; slow down, use wipers and de-misters, give yourself plenty of space from the vehicle in front.

Of course it does get sunny here and people tend to make the most of it when the sun comes out. It's sensible to use the Australian method of "Slip, Slop, Slap" in such weather. If you are out walking make sure your fluid intake is adequate as well.

There's no doubt that Scotland can be a cold country and the way to cope with this is to dress with care. Layers are definitely the answer. It's better to wear four thin garments than one thick garment. Warm air builds up between the layers and if you get too hot, you can always take something off. You lose 1 degree Celsius for every 500 feet you climb. Add windchill to that and you might be in big trouble on the easiest of walks. So just to be safe always tell someone where you are going if you do go out walking. In cold and wet weather it is always best to wear a hat.

Billy Connolly was quoted as saying "There's no such thing as bad weather in Scotland, just the wrong type of clothes".  That says it all.

Before booking a trip, tourists should visit climateandweather.com for a comprehensive month-by-month guide to the weather in Scotland.

BBC's UK Weather - Scotland North 

BBC's UK Weather - Scotland South