Scotland In April: Weather, Things to See and Travel Tips

Most would say, and even quote a poem that ‘April is the cruelest month’ when talking about Scotland’s weather as it’s quite fickle. There’s more rain despite the longer daylight, and there’s even a chance that it will snow.

This doesn’t mean though that it’s best to postpone your Scotland trip because there’s definitely a lot of things you can enjoy here despite the weather. From Castle-hoping to a scenic rail tour to a walk among the world’s most stunning art pieces, here’s your guide to Scotland in April and some handy tips.

What is the weather like in Scotland in April

Temperature in Scotland in April

The average temperature is between 7°C to 13 °C

Rain in  Scotland in April

There’s an average of 90 millimeters of rain over 14 days.

Wind in Scotland in April

Between 14-16 kph

Sun in Scotland in April

13 hours of daylight with 4 to 5 hours of sunshine

Things to do in Scotland in April

1. Scotland&s Castle Trail

Dunnottar Castle Scotland

Scotland is known for its many castles — thousand of them in fact, that a castle tour should definitely be on your list of things to do in Scotland. A lot of these castles are found in Aberdeenshire, known for having the most number of castles per acre than anywhere in the whole of the UK.

There’s a lot of those structures here that Aberdeenshire has been called Scotlands Castle Country. You would probably spend days visiting these castles, as there’s over 300 in Aberdeenshire.

From fortresses to stately mansions to stunning ruins, toucan explores not just the structure nit also their fascinating history. Some of the must-visit castles in the castle county are Balmoral Castle, Crathes Castle, Drum Castle, Fyvie Castle, and the dramatic Dunnottar Castle.

2. Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre

If you’re going to spend April in Scotland in mostly indoor attractions, be sure to make it the Glasgow Science Center. Definitely, among the most popular attractions in Scotland, this is where you let out your inner Science nerd and explore the interactive exhibits and displays.

A day might not be enough to explore the entire center, as it has a planetarium, a theatre that features science shows, and largest IMAX cinema screen in Scotland.

Be sure to check out the interactive features at the center’s Science Mall such as the BodyWorks where you can lay in the huge hamster wheel, party at the DNA Disco and even do a virtual autopsy. The Glasgow Science Center also has a tower that lets you enjoy sprawling views over the city.

3. Scottish National Gallery

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Escape Scotland’s fickle weather by spending hours walking among the extensive art collections in The Scottish National Gallery. Absolutely one of the best museums in Edinburgh and one of the best places to visit in Scotland, this place is free to visit.

Home to the most excellent art collections in the world, The Scottish National Gallery features local masterpieces as well as works of international art luminaries. These works include pieces from the Renaissance era up to the 20th century.

Some of the pieces you must seek out at this vast gallery includes Haystacks by Claude Monet, Old Woman Frying Eggs by Diego Velazquez and Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child by Sandro Botticelli.

4. Great Scenic Rail Journey

Glenfinnan viaduct scotland

Scotrail’s Great Scenic Rail Journey takes visitors on a variety of stunning sights and sceneries, all within the comfort of a train. It’s bound to be an unforgettable experience and among the best things to do in Scotland.

There are several different routes but all of them take visitors not just on a scenic ride but also through Scottish history, culture, and nearly unmatched beauty.

5. Princes Street Gardens

Princes Street Gardens

When in Scotland, you’d most likely go to the capital city of Edinburgh which looks extraordinary during springtime. Spend hours relaxing or people-watching in a garden that’s located right in the heart of Edinburgh.

Walk among the gardens and see everything return to life and color, and explore as there’s a lot to see here. The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year such as concerts, fireworks displays, and the annual Hogmanay Festival.

Around the park, you’ll see monuments and statues such as the ones of the poet Allan Ramsay and explorer David Livingstone. It is one of the best

6. Whiskey Tours

Whiskey Tours in scotland

May is whiskey month in Scotland but who says you cannot have them in April? One of the best activities to do in Scotland is a tour of a distillery of the best local drinks, and to get up close and personal with the country’s top export.

Considered as one of the best ways to truly experience Scotland, a whiskey tour will take you through its history, the process involved in making this potent drink and always, a free tasting at the end.

7. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

The massive Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is just the perfect place to see and explore the best of Scotland’s natural scenery all in one place.

Here, you can hike up hills mountains, and stroll along lochs. There are even quaint villages inside the park such as Aberfoyle, Carrick Castle, and Croftamie, that you can walk around in.

Most would recommend either visit during sunrise or sunset but since it’s spring, the park is an especially glorious sight under the daylight. If you’re up for a more active adventure, the park has a total of 21 Munros with well-kept trails for hiking.

Practical Tips for Scotland in April

1. Be sure to check in advance and take note of the weather forecast for at least the next ten days. This is to endure that you can pack whatever would be necessary in case the weather gets bad.

2. Pack clothing items that you can easily wear in layers. Scotland weather is quite fickle and it’s best to always dress in layers while you’re there.

3. When buying food, drinks, shopping or paying entrance fees in certain attractions, always use local currency. This is advisable especially if you’re using a credit card. Scotland’s currency is pounded so when asked by the salesclerk whether your paying in your local currency or pound, always say pound when in Scotland. This is also applicable in other countries you might visit. Always pay in the currency of the country that you’re in.

4. Certain countries like Scotland have an unspoken taxi etiquette so don’t just jump in the back seat or sit in front beside the driver. Ask or check first if the driver’s belongings are in the front passenger seat before opening the door. Otherwise, you’ll have to sit in the back. This is especially observed when riding minicabs.

5. In most parts of Scotland, it is considered rude if you walk past someone and not acknowledge their presence. Scots may be generally reserved but a simple ‘how are you’ or ‘hello’ will do.

6. When in Scotland, you don’t just eat fish and chips. The Atlantic supplies a great amount of seafood to the country so while you’re there, it’s best to enjoy fresh oysters, langoustine, scallops, smoked salmon, and trout.

7. There are words in Scotland that you must learn beforehand such as ben, glen, and loch. They are not names but terms pertaining to the country’s mountain, valley, and lake respectively.

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