If you are looking at What’s On in Scotland in June sadly this year it reads cancelled, cancelled and then more cancelled. So whereas the traditional Highland Games will not be going ahead and Festivals and Tattoos will not be happening this year that does not mean there is nothing to do. Far from it!
The Pandemic has trained us all to adapt to change and improvise. As June is one of the warmest months in Scotland, with average maximum temperatures ranging from approximately 15°C (59°F) to 17°C (63 °F). Scotland’s high latitude means that we enjoy lovely long summer days and often an extended twilight giving all visitors maximum opportunity to enjoy the Scottish Landscape.
That said the good news is however not everything is cancelled. Here in Moray, we have the wonderful Moray Outdoor Walking Festival taking place from the 17th of June. You don’t need to be super fit, you just need to plan and be organised and book one of the many special guided events that take place throughout the week. Expect to choose from historical walks, evening walks, wildlife walks and all of them will be scenic so bring your camera.
Of course, if you cannot make the Walking Festival then it is easy to make your own What’s On in Scotland in June list.
Here are a few suggestions to try for this June:
- Walks – long, short, river, beach, forest, mountains we have them all. Here are some ideas or we can help you plan more.
- Castles – with over 2000 castles in Scotland then Castles should always be on your visit list. Locally we have a number of fabulous Castles that are available to visit. My suggestion would be the ABCD tour which includes Auchindoun, Ballindalloch or Brodie or both, Cawdor and Duffus or check out more suggestions here or of course you could make up your own list.
- Historic Sites – history in Scotland is unaffected by any pandemic and is therefore never cancelled. How far back into history would you like to go? For Neolithic try Clava Cairns, for Pictish try Burghead or Suenos Stone, for more recent history try Culloden Battlefield or Fort George and make a who day of it.
- Special Tasting at a Distillery – part of being on holiday is treating yourself so instead of just booking a standard Distillery tour why not visit a Distillery and enjoy a specialist tasting of premium whiskies. These will need to be booked in advance and some only occur on certain days but if you have a special distillery or whisky in mind this might the year to try it.
- Combine a Munro and Distillery visit into one day – if you are not into Whisky but feel you are in Speyside so ought to visit a Distillery then why not book a VIP experience at Glenrinnes Distillery. Spend time learning about their prize-winning gin and vodka production then be driven around the organic Estate and head to the top of Ben Rinnes mountain for exception views of Eight Lands. Gin and Mountain views sound like a perfect combination to me.
- Daytrip – for me you cannot beat driving in Scotland and since we are a small country it is so easy to find yourself a comfortable base then take the time to plan a day out exploring the scenery. Blervie House makes a great base from which to explore the Cairngorms, Loch Ness, Applecross or to venture further afield into the Highlands just absorbing the scenery.
It goes without saying that shopping is still open albeit socially distanced, taking the time to rest and relax is still available. It is easy to plan a mixture of all of the above so you get the chance to absorb Scotland’s history and heritage.
At the same time, Scotland’s fresh produce is available to try in all its various formats from fresh seafood to Highland Beef or Venison and delicious soft fruits to scones, cakes and more. Might be an idea to add more walking to your list to work off the calories!
Depending upon how long you are staying in Scotland and which areas you visiting how about picking 3 suggestions from above and making up your own What’s On in Scotland in June.