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What to wear in Scotland in June

What to wear in Scotland in June

Are you wondering what to wear in Scotland in June? Well, fear not, this Summer Packing List for Scotland will cover everything that you need to know for visiting the countryside, cities or the Highlands in June. 

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Weather in Scotland in June

Tourists approaching castle in Scotland in June
What to wear in Scotland in June

June is the start of summer in Scotland. And Summer is absolutely my favorite time to visit Scotland. But what is the weather like in Scotland in Summer?

The truth is no matter the time of year you visit Scotland you may get all 4 seasons in one day. And it is worth noting that the weather varies between the regions. For more in-depth information on particular regions check out our specific guides:

  • What to wear in Glasgow
  • What to wear in Edinburgh in June
  • What to wear in the Highlands

Also it is worth noting that the weather between months changes quite dramatically in Scotland. Therefore if your trip spans a couple of months then please be sure to check out our other monthly:

How hot is Scotland in June?

June in Scotland is the start of summer however the weather can be rainy, windy and sunny in Scotland no matter the time of year you visit.

Generally speaking the average temperatures in Scotland in June average between highs of 17°C/62°F and lows of 8°C/46°F.

The average temperatures in Edinburgh tend to be the same however the highlands will be slightly lower.

Does it rain a lot in June in Scotland?

Scotland in June usually sees around 8 rainy days across the whole month. And although June in Scotland is not the rainiest month it is always having some waterproof gear with you especially if you plan on heading into the countryside of Scotland, which we always recommend.

How do Locals Dress in Scotland In June

People on Royal Mile in Edinburgh in June
What to pack for Scotland in June

In Scotland any local will tell you that no matter the time of year in the city, locals know the importance of layers. 

Therefore even in June I will have a pashmina or lightweight cardigan with me incase the weather should quickly cool.

What to Wear in Scotland in June

Best Shoes for Scotland in June

Sneakers

Sneakers are the perfect shoe for summers in Scotland, especially in the cities. And if you plan on doing some walking in Scotland sneakers may be appropriate. However there are some amazing and also steep hikes that Scotland is famous for. If you plan on doing some more challenging hikes then you may also want some hiking boots with you.

Sandals

Sandals are a great choice for Summer in Scotland. In the city you will need a shoe with arch support as there is lots of uneven terrain in places like Edinburgh. These are also a good choice for restaurants in Scotland that have more smart casual dress codes.

However if you are in the countryside and want a sandal then you will need a proper walking sandal.

And if you want a sandal with height for evenings, then I recommend a wedge over a heel as these are better in the cities.

Should I wear Flip Flops in Scotland?

Flip flops are not good shoes for Scotland. They aren’t good for walking in cities and beaches are not the primary thing you will be doing in Scotland even in Summer. Ih fact I would go as far as to say flip flops are on my what too to wear in Scotland list.

What to Wear in Scotland in June for women

Couple on hill in Scotland in June
What to wear in Scotland in June

Jeans

Although it is Summer, jeans are still a great addition to a Scotland summer packing list. Scotland can be windy and rainy in Scotland so jeans are a great addition for cooler days.

And it really doesn’t matter what style of jeans you pack as you will see all varieties on the streets of Scotland.

Trousers

Trousers are another great pick for Scotland. Chinos, linen and cotton pants all work well for Scotland in June.

If you plan on doing hiking in Scotland especially in places like the Highlands we recommend packing some hiking trousers with you. Our preference is for zippable hiking trousers as these can convert to shorts on hot days.

Shorts

It is absolutely fine to wear shorts in Scotland in almost any location. And locals as well as tourists will wear shorts even in the city, though not usually in work.

Skirts and dresses

One of the things I love about the UK is that it is a very multicultural and diverse especially in terms of fashion choices. As such you will see a range of fashions and styles on the streets.

Therefore it is hard to look like a tourist through your fashion choices.

Blouse

A loose blouse works perfectly for warmer days and cooler nights in Scotland. Also Scotland is famous for getting midges and mosquitos in the Summer. Blouses with longer sleeves are a great way of protecting your arms against them at night.

T Shirts and Tank Tops

T Shirts are perfect everywhere in Scotland in June. And it really doesn’t matter what type of t shirt you decide to wear: plain, patterned, slogan or graph. That is because you will see all varieties on the streets of Scotland.

Also at this time of year you will need more short sleeve than long sleeve t shirts with you. However I will usually have one top with a longer length sleeve with me for those inevitably cooler days.

It is also worth noting that tank tops are also acceptable everywhere in Scotland, though I would avoid wearing them at night in the countryside because of the insects.

Sweater / Hoodie / Fleece

Although it is summer a top layer is an essential in Scotland. For cities and during the day I recommend packing a sweater or hoodie. However if you plan on heading to the coast or countryside we recommend packing a microfibre fleece.

These are lightweight and easy to pack down and offer better protection against wind and rain.

Jacket

We recommend taking a lightweight jacket to Scotland even in Summer. During dry spells and for cities, denim jackets are very popular and is commonly paired with dresses among the locals.

However if you plan on heading out in the countryside or plan on doing outdoor activities something that has some waterproofing is a good idea.

Pashmina

A pashmina is always on my European packing list whatever the month. It is useful as it can act as a scarf or extra layer on cooler days.

PJs or Nightie

Lightweight pyjamas and nighties are an essential for Scotland in June as much accommodation in Scotland and Europe generally will not have air conditioning. Therefore lightweight nightwear is a must.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are essential in Scotland especially in Summer. Be sure to pack a pair with good UVA protection.

Swimwear (optional)

Swimwear is definitely an optional item if you are visiting Scotland in June, dependent on where you are going. You will really only need swimwear if you are staying in a hotel with a pool or plan on going wild swimming.

Socks

Although June is summer in Scotland we still recommend packing socks. Sneaker socks are good for in the city, however if you plan to do hiking then you will need some thicker hiking socks with you.

Underwear

Goes without saying. 

What to pack for Scotland in June for Men

Our Scotland June packing list for men tends to follow the same rules as for women in terms of fabric selection and local fashion sensibilities.

Generally speaking we recommend packing the below for men in Scotland in June. 

  • Trousers – we recommend selecting natural fabrics such as cottons and linen. However jeans are also a good pick even in summer.
  • Mixture of long and short sleeve t shirts for day time and night. Polo shirts are also good in Scotland for night. 
  • Blazer / Linen Jacket – perfect for smarter restaurants in Scotland and cooler days.
  • Shirts – mix of long and short sleeve
  • Sunglasses
  • Jacket – if you are heading into the countryside and plan on doing outdoor activities then you will want a waterproof with you.
  • Sneakers
  • Smarter Pair of Shoes for dinner
  • Pjs
  • Underwear

What Else to Pack for Scotland in June

  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe Vera / Aftersun – just in case you get burnt
  • Insect Repellant – Scotland is famed for its midges and also gets mosquitos. Therefore you will want some insect repellant with you especially for out in the Highlands or countryside.
  • Travel Adaptor
  • Power Pack / Battery recharger
  • Crossbody bag – depending on where you are in Scotland will depend on how much this is needed But I would recommend a crossbody bag for cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow. As with anywhere in the world tourist cities can attract pickpockets so any deterrents are worthwhile. 
  • camera – Scotland is a beautiful country you will want to take lots of photographs.

Note: if you plan on visiting other parts of the UK swell be sure to check out our other British packing lists:

Do you have any questions about what to wear Scotland in June? Drop us a comment below and we will do our best to answer.