There is No Such Thing as
Bad Weather in Scotland,
Just the Wrong Clothing

We may not have the sunshine and temperatures of the Bahamas, but we do play golf all year round. The weather and  landscape throughout the seasons are the fundamental elements that make the experience at Crail so atmospheric. The climate of Scotland is mostly temperate, quite changeable, but not normally extreme. Wind is a prominent factor at Crail, which comes with being situated at one of the most exposed coastal locations in eastern Scotland. The typical wind direction is from the south-west, with speeds ranging from a mild zephyr to strong gale! Although, as locals will tell you, the wind merely ‘adds to the challenge’ on courses designed to be played in any conditions.

If you are visiting from overseas, we are often asked about what to pack for a day on the links. Even in the summer months, layering is the key. The golden rule in this part of the world is always come prepared!




From the beginning of March until the end of May. Like many parts of the world the golfing season all over Scotland starts to ramp up in the spring. We enjoy some spectacular days, but do come prepared. There are days when full layers, waterproofs and a knit hat will be the apparel of choice.

Temperature: Expect average maximum temperatures to range from approximately 7°C (45°F) to 13 °C. (55°F)

Hours of Daylight: The days are getting longer! We enjoy approximately 11 hours of daylight at the beginning of March that extends to approximately 17 hours by the end of May.

Sunshine and Rainfall: Total monthly hours of sunshine are at about 150. Rainfall across the season averages out to approximately 40-55mm.




From the beginning of June until the end of August. Heading into the Summer months, the days become longer, the temperatures increase, most of the time! The prospect of stunningly beautiful golfing days are enough to entice anyone out to the club. However, this if of course Scotland, and the notorious ‘Scottish Summer’ with its wind and rain can strike at any time, so layers and waterproofs are always a canny ploy.

Temperature: Average temperatures typically sit at 18oC (64oF) in August, but past experience has shown that temperatures can fluctuate anywhere between 10oC (50oF) and 30oC (86oF).

Hours of Daylight: The long days on the east coast can see a possible 17 ½ hours of daylight during June, becoming 14 hours towards the end of August.

Sunshine and Rainfall: Sunshine hours typically average around 150 hours throughout the Summer, with a monthly average rainfall rate of 55mm.




From the beginning of September until the end of November. Temperatures begin to freshen ever so slightly as Crail’s summer season turns into autumn. Daylight hours reduce and the shadows begin to lengthen across the greens and fairways. Weather can still be classified as ‘changeable’, and while preparation for the elements continues to be recommended, the autumn season often provides some of the most glorious days.

Temperature: September temperatures still average at a pleasant 16oC (60oF), and will tend to drop away throughout the autumn, averaging at 5-6oC (41-43oF) towards the end of November.

Hours of Daylight: The long summer days do continue throughout September, with golf possible through until 7pm as we turn into October. November days become short, with approximately 8 hours expected towards the end of the month.

Sunshine and Rainfall: Statistically, September is classified as the ‘wettest’ month for Crail, averaging around 65mm of precipitation. However, past experience once again indicates a high variability in September rainfall, and indeed for the remainder of the Autumn months. Sunshine hours gradually fall away from ~100 hours in September to ~60 hours in November.




From the beginning of December until the end of February.Winter has arrived, the shadows are long and the days are short, Temperatures are certainly quite low! Despite the chill, the winter months are particularly dry and bright compared to Autumn, making Crail a stunning destination for some Scottish winter’s golf.

Temperature: January is typically Crail’s coldest month, with temperatures averaging around 6oC (42oC). Unsurprisingly, December and February are very similar, so plenty of layers is certainly a must for winter golf at the links.

Hours of Daylight: Late December may only experience approximately 7 hours of daylight, increasing to around 10 hours as we leave February for the beginning of Spring.

Sunshine and Rainfall: Rainfall levels do fall from the end of Autumn, with around 58mm precipitation expected throughout December, dropping to an average of just over 40mm in February. Sunshine follows a similar trend, increasing from an average of 50 hours in December to around 65 hours in February.