Gusts of up to 80mph could be felt in coastal areas this weekend with the Met Office warning of “very strong winds” throughout Scotland.
Forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning covering Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom from 6pm on Saturday and throughout Sunday.
Many inland areas of the UK could experience gusts of up to 60mph, the Met Office said, while gales of between 70-80mph could hit exposed coasts and hills, especially in the north and west.
Coastal communities have also been told to expect spray and large waves.
Heavy rain is also expected, forecasters said.
Met Office chief meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “After a dry start to the week for many, with some sunny spells, early frosts and fog patches, the weather will become more unsettled as we head towards the weekend.
“This warning is expected to be updated as we get nearer to the weekend and confidence grows in the exact track and intensity of the weather system that is causing the wind and also bringing the potential for some heavy rain.
“Although still a long way off in forecast terms, there are signals the unsettled weather arriving this weekend could also continue into next week.”