Averages for Edinburgh in August

August is the last month of summer and still one of the hottest months of the year. As a result, this continues to be one of the prime months for holidays and for high prices. With the warm weather and annual Edinburgh festival on this month, if you are looking to stay on a budget, you may want to consider visiting the city another time of the year. This is also the last month before temperatures begin to cool off rapidly as autumn sets in during the month of September.

However, if yo...

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August is the last month of summer and still one of the hottest months of the year. As a result, this continues to be one of the prime months for holidays and for high prices. With the warm weather and annual Edinburgh festival on this month, if you are looking to stay on a budget, you may want to consider visiting the city another time of the year. This is also the last month before temperatures begin to cool off rapidly as autumn sets in during the month of September.

However, if you are a fan of the beach, now is the time to visit. While you might have to deal with crowds, the water temperature is the warmest it will be all year with an average of 15°C (59°F). While this may be on the cold side for some people, it is manageable for those with a wetsuit or who only spend a short amount of time in the waters. Additionally, the beaches are the perfect place to get some sun as the region experiences a whopping 10 hours of sunshine each day during this time of year.

Even though temperatures are warmer now than at any other point, other than the prior month, visitors will still need to pack some long sleeves and light jackets. The average afternoon high for this time of the year is a mild 19°C (66°F). However, the early mornings will still feel cool with an average overnight low falling to 11°C (52°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is 15°C (59°F).

The good news is that this is also a slightly drier month for the region. While the region still sees an average of 21 days with measurable rainfall, the average overall amount is down from the previous two months. On average, 50mm of precipitation is expected throughout the 31-day period. As a result, packing an umbrella or raincoat is still a good idea. 

Where to Stay

Boasting 238 rooms and suites, the Radisson Blu Hotel is a mix of the old and the new. Located in the middle of the Royal Mile; numerous attractions, restaurants and pubs are all within easy reach. At the end of a busy day, come back to the hotel for a free cocktail or get a workout in at the state-of-the art gym. There is even an indoor pool to enjoy on those cool August nights.

For those who like to stay at a hotel with a name known worldwide, the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa is a marvelous choice. Many of the rooms boast a stunning view of Edinburgh Castle and feature well-appointed private baths and a media centre for all of your technology and gadgets. Guests can enjoy a lovely meal at the onsite restaurant or sample one of more than 50 gins at the bar. At the end of the day, guests can also relax in the indoor pool.

One of the most popular boutique hotels in Edinburgh is the Tigerlily. This trendy hotel features 33 suites and bedrooms that combine the original attributes of the building with contemporary style. Each room features Egyptian cotton sheets, a flatscreen TV, pre-loaded iPods, and much more. 

Hit the Beach

If water sports are what you are looking for, you will find them at Silver Sands. With the warmest water temperatures of the year at 15°C (59°F), now is the time to hit the beach and spend some time in the waves. While this beach is small, it is very popular with those of all ages. Kids are able to try out the bouncy castle and those who are older can rent kayaks or try windsurfing. The beach also offers a picturesque setting that is perfect for family photos. 

Restaurants and Nightlife

Sit and stay awhile at Locanda De Gusti as you enjoy traditional Neapolitan cuisine. The chefs use the best Italian ingredients combined with local meats and fish to give you a taste of southern Italy. With dishes that are made from scratch daily, the menu is constantly changing to reflect the freshest ingredients. This warm and welcoming restaurant is perfect for couples or large groups.

For traditional, Turkish barbeque, the place to go in Edinburgh is Verdo. Using only the freshest ingredients, the specials include various kebabs and more. Be sure to go hungry, as you will want to stay awhile at this warm and welcoming establishment.

While it might be hard to find, Panda & Sons is certainly worth the effort. This hidden bar is designed as a speakeasy and was first opened in 2013. Both locals and tourists flock to the bar in order to try one of the specially made cocktails or sample a selection or two from the extensive wine and beer lists. This is one bar and even a website that shouldn't be missed. 

Things to Do

If you are an arts fan, be sure to explore the world's largest arts festival.  The Edinburgh Fringe offers hundreds of stages throughout the city featuring big names and those who are up and coming. Visitors are treated to a wide range of art including musicals, operas, children's theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy and more. Be sure to check the website often for updates to the schedule.  

If you find yourself in Edinburgh in August, you simply cannot miss The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Taking place every weekday evening and twice on Saturdays throughout the month. This annual event is performed by members of the British Armed Forces, international military bands and Commonwealth bands. Be sure to get your tickets early, as they will sell out in advance. 

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