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Before you arrive

Scotland is proud to be a multicultural, diverse and welcoming place to live. This page will give you some useful hints, tips and advice of how best to prepare for your new home.

 The weather

As you may have heard, as the northern part of the UK, Scotland has significantly more rain each year, and is more likely to have snow in the winter.

One of the biggest adjustments you may find in making your move to Scotland is the differences in temperature throughout the year, but also how quickly the weather can change.

Below you will find a useful list which summarises the main differences between the seasons and what time of year to expect these changes.

Spring: March till May, with temperatures on average between 5 to 15°C (41° - 59°F) and unpredictable weather.

Summer: June till August, temperatures generally around 15 to 25°C (59° - 77°F). It will also stay light much later into the evening.

Autumn: September to November, with temperatures around 5 to 15°C

Winter: November to March, with temperatures from around 0 to 7°C (32° - 45°F). Weather during Scottish winters can be unpredictable and very cold, including snow, rain, fog and high winds.


 What to pack before moving to Scotland

Considering how quickly the weather can change in Scotland, we would recommend having clothes that you can quickly change or layer up if needed.

Here are some must haves for you to make your life in Scotland.

Autumn and winter essentials:

  • Waterproof jacket (you will need this a lot)
  • Warm jacket or coat
  • Waterproof walking shoes
  • Jeans
  • A warm hoodie, jumper or fleece jacket
  • Hat, scarf and gloves

Everyday wear and going out:

  • Leggings and light trousers
  • Trainers / running shoes
  • Shirts or blouses
  • T-shirts
  • Lighter jumper, sweatshirt or hoodies
  • Nicer outfit / dress and smart shoes for going out

We would also recommend you get a good umbrella, a small bag or backpack for days when you are out and about. It’s also worth remembering that Scotland uses British plugs, so you will likely need a travel adapter for when you first arrive.


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