Plan Your Year - August Guide

From road-tripping along Iceland’s famous Ring Road and whale watching in Reykjavík to relaxing on the heavenly beaches of Bali and zip-lining through the terraced hillsides of Ubud, let’s have a look at the top picks for August…


August is one of the year's warmest months in Iceland, making it an excellent time to explore the country’s beautiful outdoors. From white water rafting past the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and the Brúarhlöð Canyon to camping under the stars (and the Northern Lights, if you’re lucky!) in Iceland’s pristine wilderness. Witness the majestic mountainscapes, black sand beaches, glaciers and waterfalls as you embark on one of the world’s best road trips, the Ring Road. If you’re a wildlife lover, how about a puffin-watching tour, or perhaps a visit to Reykjavík for a spot of whale watching?

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Calling all adventurers, wildlife lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, August is the peak season in Ecuador and welcomes the perfect weather for all kinds of exhilarating activities. Witness the magnificent volcanic landscapes as you walk along the scenic trails of Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, hike the Quillota Loop - one of South America’s best multi-day trekking routes or venture deep into the rainforest along the Río Napo. From white water rafting and cycling to soaking in hot springs and meeting indigenous communities, Ecuador offers something for everyone.

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August brings warm and dry conditions to the East African gem of Kenya and with the Great Migration well and truly underway, there’s no better time to visit! With wildebeest filling the Maasai Mara plains, lush green vegetation across national parks and a plethora of watersports on offer along the Kenyan coast, August is undoubtedly one of the best times to explore the many highlights of this country. From whale watching and game viewing to scuba diving and world-class mountain trekking, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities in Kenya!

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Head to Scotland’s hilly capital of Edinburgh this August to witness the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an annual series of military tattoos performed by the British Armed Forces & international military bands. Performed in the shadow of the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, the epic festival combines culture, music and art. Take in the electric atmosphere as you experience an unforgettable show provided by over 1000 performers, made up of musicians, singers, dancers, pipers and more!

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With an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day, August is an excellent month to fully uncover all that Bali has to offer. With dry and warm weather conditions, this month is ideal for all things beach! Hike, snorkel and swim across the best of this Indonesian gem and witness its breathtaking natural beauty. Enjoy cultural dance performances in the magical town of Ubud, discover the surfer’s paradise of Balangan Beach or get up close with the Balinese long-tailed macaques on a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or a splash of adventure, Bali has it all.

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