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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:


Winter coat



Down Coat | Wool Coat | Wool-Blend Parka


Wool coats and packable down jackets are the best to keep you warm!


Hat, scarf, and gloves



Classic Wool Beret | Infinity ScarfMittens


Never forget to bring accessories on any winter trip to Europe!





Nike Running Shoe | Born Bootie | Merrell Hiking Shoe


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



Water Repellent Jacket | Packable Raincoat


Be prepared for rain with a raincoat or umbrella.





RFID Wallet


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!





Digital Camera


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!

Portable charger



Portable Charger


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.





Folding Pocket Binoculars


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



Vince Camuto / Aldo Boots / Steve Madden


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.


Knee-high socks



Smartwool Knee-High Socks


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.


Cape/blanket statement



Hiltop Cape | Long Cape | Plaid Blanket Scarf


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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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.