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Wondering what to wear in Edinburgh in winter? With these packing tips you’ll pack the right clothes, regardless of the weather. Read on to find out what they are!
What to Wear in Edinburgh in Winter
Written By: Dani Masterson
The bonnie city of Edinburgh is the perfect place to get in the festive feeling this Christmas. The Christmas Markets are bustling with festive food and gifts, the streets are twinkling with lights, and the sound of Christmas carols whisper up and down the ancient streets.
It can be a challenge packing for the chilly temperatures of this city. The overall daily average temperature is a cold 5°C / 41°F and rain is expected in December.
Here’s what to wear in Edinburgh in winter:
Wool coats and packable down jackets are the best to keep you warm!
Hat, scarf, and gloves
Never forget to bring accessories on any winter trip to Europe!
Comfortable walking shoes are a must as Edinburgh is a very hilly city. Hiking boots are essential if you plan on doing adventure activities. There are also various things to do in Edinburgh for free and you’ll want to avoid having tired feet so you can take advantage of all of them.
An umbrella/rain coat
Be prepared for rain with a raincoat or umbrella.
There is a mix of all ages in Edinburgh; however, there are a lot of students in the town, so it’s likely that most people in their early 20s will get asked for ID in nightclubs–take it as a compliment, lassie!
There will be plenty of snapping opportunities with the stunning architecture, gorgeous scenery, and busy streets. There’s also a “Street of Lights” on George Street this Christmas, perfect for your Christmas photo album.
Don’t forget your camera, or come equipped with these smartphone accessories to take phone pics like a pro!
There’s lots happening in Edinburgh, so you’ll likely be on the go all day. A portable charger is a must to keep your phone juiced up for every adventure.
If you plan to do a lot of tourist activities, binoculars can be useful. Edinburgh Castle in the city is close, but up a steep mountain. If you don’t fancy hiking up, binoculars are a great way of checking it out.
Like every city, Edinburgh has its fashionistas. While it can be challenging to dress fashionably in the bitter cold (or even snow), here are a few tips that can transform any outfit.
Over-the-knee boots are popular in most cities, and also keep you warm. A pair with a small heel would be perfect for the steep streets of Edinburgh. Choose waterproof leather boots for the perfectly versatile winter shoe.
Another option is knee-high socks. These are easy to pack and easy to slip on if you get extra cold on a night out. You could also go for a nice tartan pair to give your outfit a wee Scottish twist. Avoid cotton in winter. Here’s why.
Another winter essential to add to your outfit is a cape for warmth with style. In Scotland, there are so many beautiful scarfs and blankets on the market which can be styled with a belt. A tartan design would make the perfect souvenir.
For more ideas, take a look at these stylish winter accessories!
What are your tips on what to wear in Edinburgh in winter? Share in the comments!
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For more Scotland packing tips, please read:
- What to Wear in Scotland
- What to Pack for Trips to Scotland
- Traveling to Scotland in the Summer
- The Ultimate Packing List for Europe
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
- Lonely Planet Scotland (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Author Bio: Dani Masterson is an Irish actor who loves to travel and has a serious passion for fashion. Dani has been to over 100 cities and countries around the world and lived in Dublin, London, and Dubai. Her work and thrill for adventure drives her to intriguing destinations! Follow her on her blog at Dani Masterson and IMDB.