The best times to visit Loch Ness for ideal weather are
June 25th to August 12th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Loch Ness Travel Guide
Other Loch Ness Travel Info
Weather in Loch Ness
Average temperatures in Loch Ness vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 3rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Loch Ness, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 66.7°F (19.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 46°F (7.8°C) at night.
Loch Ness Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Loch Ness Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Loch Ness Perceived Temperature (F)
Loch Ness Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Loch Ness Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Loch Ness are September, April, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid October. For example, on the week of October 8th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of October 22nd.
When can you find snow in Loch Ness? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around October, especially close to mid October. The best time to ski (if at all) in Loch Ness is often around around April 23rd when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Loch Ness.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Loch Ness (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Loch Ness has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is May (66.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (81.8%).
Wind in Loch Ness is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by March and February. January’s average wind speed of around 5.8 knots (6.7 MPH or 10.8 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 12.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Loch Ness.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.8||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.5||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.8||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5||Light breeze||9.7||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.7||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||3.8||Barely noticeable||7.2||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||3.8||Barely noticeable||7.3||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||3.8||Barely noticeable||7.3||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.4||Light breeze||8.3||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.7||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.9||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.3||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Loch Ness?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for the United Kingdom; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 06, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Loch Ness, the United Kingdom is July, followed by January and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Loch Ness in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Loch Ness Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 59.8°F (15.4°C) and 45.1°F (7.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 8 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see moderate precipitation with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Loch Ness, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 61.9°F (16.6°C) and 41.3°F (5.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 11 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Loch Ness to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 45.1°F (7.3°C) and 39.5°F (4.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 8 to 12 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.