Edinburgh Weather September Averages, United Kingdom
September begins a very brief autumn period for Edinburgh, as it won't take long for temperatures to begin to plummet. However, now can be a good time to visit as most of the crowds have gone home and the truly brutal conditions are still a few weeks away. Additionally, any businesses that are likely to close during the winter are still open for a few last weeks before the winter season arrives fast and furious.
Overall, the average daily temperature has now fallen a few degrees from August to just 13°C (55°F) during this time of year. Mornings are, of course, the coldest with average overnight lows falling to 9°C (48°F). These numbers are down significantly from what they were just one month prior. Average afternoon highs have also fallen significantly and now stand at 16°C (61°F). Visitors will need to consult an extended forecast before leaving home to make sure they are adequately packed as temperatures will be colder by the end of the month than the beginning.
Water temperatures are also beginning to cool as well with an average of 14°C (57°F). However, much like the temperatures on land, if you do want to go for a dip, it will be warmer during the early part of the month. Still, visitors can also enjoy the area beaches, as the region will get an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day. Just be certain to take something long sleeves to ward off any chill brought on by the coastal breeze.
Rain showers will be hit and miss with light rain falling on most days of the month. On average, the region has 19 days with measureable rainfall during this time of the year. Overall, the rainfall will average 70mm over the course of the month. In addition to a jacket and sweater, bringing rain gear is always advised.
Where to Stay
As the only five-star hotel on the Royal Mile, the G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh is luxury redefined. This stunning landmark is rich with Scottish heritage. Each of the 136 rooms and suites overlooks the center of the city and is well appointed with the finest in luxury. Guests can enjoy the award-winning onsite restaurant and stay up late with a late-night cocktail at the bar. Be sure to spend time relaxing in the spa or getting in shape in the state-of-the-art gym.
Situated just 20 minutes from the centre of the city and located in a former country home, visitors will find the Norton House Hotel & Spa. Originally owned by the family behind Glenlivet Whisky, the house has been completely modernised and now features 83 bedrooms among 53 acres. The hotel features a bar, restaurant, spa and health club for guests to enjoy.
Located in a building that dates back to 1780, The George Hotel is a luxurious oasis in the middle of the city and the perfect place for a September holiday. Recently refurbished, each of the rooms is lavishly appointed with soothing and relaxing colours and textiles. Just ten minutes from anywhere in the city, this is the perfect choice for a relaxing, romantic trip away.
Hit the Beach
Belhaven Bay is located just a short train ride away from the Waverly Station and is an award-winning beach. Known for its picturesque setting, the location offers beautiful sand as well as a magnificent backdrop. Located in Muir Country Park, this is also an ideal location for surfing. With water temperatures of 14°C (57°F), now is one of the last times to take advantage of numerous nearby surf schools.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Located in the heart of the city, New Chapter is a new restaurant serving modern Scottish and European food with quality and fresh ingredients. Guests are greeted with a warm welcome into a casual atmosphere. Be sure to come back more than once as the menu changes with the seasons.
Usquabae Whiskey Bar & Larder is a great place to not only enjoy a great drink, but also some great food to go along with it. Each dish is carefully crafted with the freshest ingredients and prepared on a daily basis. With a menu that constantly changes, new dishes are always being invented and presented. Additionally, be sure to sample one or more of the 400 whiskeys that are behind the bar.
Music of a different kind can be found at The Jazz Bar. Stop in any night of the week to not only hear jazz, but also funk, soul, blues and more. There are multiple acts for every night so there is always someone new and different on stage. This award-winning entertainment spot is sure to satisfy.
Things to Do
For a day of shopping and exploring, don't miss the Royal Mile. Cutting through the heart of the old city, this stretch of the city is full of restaurants, pubs, historical sites and shopping. Here, you will able to find any number of goods to take back home to help you remember your time in Edinburgh. The numerous shops and pubs are also the perfect place to duck into as the city receives 70mm of precipitation throughout the month.
This can also be a great time to climb to Arthur's Seat. Located at the highest point of Royal Park, the seat sits atop an ancient volcano and offers a view of the city that you won't find anywhere else. Though it is a hike to the top, the effort is well worth it. Visitors can also explore a centuries old church near the top as well as flora and fauna.