Edinburgh Weather February Averages, United Kingdom
February is not much warmer than the previous month. As a result, there are still not a lot of tourists taking a holiday during this time of the year. While you may be able to score a good deal and save some money, you will need to bring plenty of heavy coats, scarves and gloves in order to ward off the winter chill. It will also be a good idea to bring some rain gear as precipitation is expected almost every day.
While Edinburgh experiences precipitation throughout much of the month, most of what falls is very light in nature. As a result, the region only totals an average of 50mm of precipitation throughout the month. With temperatures hovering near freezing, there is still the possibility of experiencing some snow, especially during the early morning hours when lows are near their coldest readings. Overall, there is measurable precipitation on 20 days of the month. To make sure you are packed correctly, be sure to check the extended forecast before leaving home. There is also not a lot of sun during this time of the year with the area only getting an average of 4 hours of sunshine per day.
Be sure to bundle up throughout the day as the overall average daily temperature is just 4°C (39°F). Overnight lows will drop to an average of 1°C (34°F) by first thing in the morning. Without a lot of sun, average afternoon temperatures will only climb to a high of 6°C (43°F). Of course, the wind can also make it feel much colder.
Once again, visitors will have to wait a few months to visit the area beaches due to the cold conditions on land and in the sea. The average water temperature for this time of the year is just 7°C (45°F).
Where to Stay
The Scotsman Hotel is the perfect spot for a romantic February holiday in Edinburgh. This five-star luxury hotel is located just off the Royal Mile and offers stunning views of just about all the major sites in the city. With a private cinema, award-winning restaurant, luxury spa and state-of-the-art health club, there is a lot to like about this hotel.
Located directly across from the railway station, you will find the Tune Hotel. Perfect for travelers on a budget who still want to be near the center of the city, the hotel is located just steps away from great restaurants and pubs. With over 150 rooms of various sizes, there is one for you and your budget.
The Inn Place started life in the mid 19th century and has been many things over the years, but is now a full-service luxury hotel in the middle of the city. There are numerous different room styles to choose from and guests can also take advantage of the onsite restaurant and pub to refuel and recharge before a big day or night on the town.
Restaurants and Nightlife
If you are looking for the perfect romantic spot for Valentine's Day, The Kitchin is one of the best in the city. With awards such as a Michelin Star, being named the Best in the UK, Best Restaurant in Scotland and Best Restaurant Experience, this is one spot that should not be missed. The food represents traditional British fare influenced by French techniques. All the dishes use the freshest, local ingredients and come together for a meal that won't be forgotten.
For a traditional Scottish dining experience, be sure to visit Dubh Prais. This small, romantic restaurant is a favourite of both locals as well as visitors. Open since 1988, the restaurant is known for its cosy atmosphere, warm and welcoming staff and fantastic dishes that use the freshest in local ingredients. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time, as there are only seats for 24 guests.
The Jolly Judge is known as one of the city's best pubs and should be on everyone's list. Located in the heart of the city's Old Town, the pub offers a tranquil atmosphere, low ceilings, and a fire to stay warm on those cold days and nights. You will feel right at home in this old world pub.
Things to Do
With cold conditions and 50mm of precipitation expected in February, now is a good time to look for indoor sites. One of the best in the city is the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. The museum is home to some 3,000 paintings, 25,000 prints and thousands of photographs. Visitors can see two portraits of Mary Queen of Scots and many more from throughout the centuries.
Explore some of Scotland's most gruesome history with a trip to the Edinburgh Dungeon. Each 80-minute tour is full of 11 actor lead shows, state-of-the-art special effects, underground rides and enough laughs and memories to last a very long time. Get ready to be thrilled, entertained and more on this fun adventure.