Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom? If you're planning to go to Orkney Islands, the following is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom

Based on the climate and weather in Orkney Islands, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

Important essentials for Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Orkney Islands, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID protection available.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good TSA-friendly choice.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards may wear away. An unreadable vaccine card may result in severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps avoid that.

General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom by month

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January

January in Orkney Islands is brisk, somewhat snowy and very rainy. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost a bit less than half of the time. It rains about two thirds of the time and snows about half of the time.

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February

In February, Orkney Islands is cold, somewhat snowy and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Orkney Islands, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In February, humidity reaches as high as 90%. There is frost regularly. Additionally, it is windy.

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March

March for Orkney Islands is pretty cool, somewhat snowy, very rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost about a third of the time. It rains about half of the time and snows about a third of the time.

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April

In April, Orkney Islands can be very chilly, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Orkney Islands, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 80%. There is frost once in a while. Additionally, it is breezy.

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May

In May, Orkney Islands can be very chilly, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures routinely are in the 50s F (low 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Orkney Islands, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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June

If you visit Orkney Islands during June, you will probably find that it is cool, somewhat rainy and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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July

July can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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August

If you vacation in Orkney Islands during August, you might find that it is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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September

If you visit Orkney Islands during September, you might see that it is cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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October

In October, Orkney Islands is cold and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (low 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Orkney Islands, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 90%. Additionally, it is breezy.

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November

If you vacation in Orkney Islands during November, you are likely to notice that it can be brisk and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time and snow occasionally. There is frost once in a while.

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December

If you visit Orkney Islands during December, you will probably notice that it is brisk and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time and snow about a third of the time. There is frost about a third of the time.

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