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23 Reasons to Visit Scotland in the Spring

Picture of Tori Chalmers
Updated: 12 April 2017
Scotland sparkles in the spring. A spellbinding maze of vivid colours caress the sun-drenched landscapes, dewy rain droplets decorate trees like lavish necklaces and carpets of flowers fill every corner. The only way to comprehend this overwhelming beauty is to witness it in person. For a dose of dreamy thoughts, explore our top reasons to visit during this stunning season.

Because the last of the spring snow, as it frosts the Munros, looks so wonderful you can almost taste it.

The Last Snows Of Spring? | © John mcsporran/Flickr
The Last Snows Of Spring? | © John mcsporran/Flickr

It’s as good a time as any to belt out ‘The Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond’ at the top of your lungs.

Evening At Balmaha Bay, Loch Lomond | © Peter Rowley/Flickr
Evening At Balmaha Bay, Loch Lomond | © Peter Rowley/Flickr

Smiling daffodils pop up left, right and centre, punctuating the sun-kissed landscapes.

The Scottish Spring Daffodils In Bloom | © John mcsporran/Flickr
The Scottish Spring Daffodils In Bloom | © John mcsporran/Flickr

Meanwhile, the spring crocuses aligning city walkways are also a vision.

Crocuses Bloom In Leith Links, Edinburgh | © Mary Hutchison/Flickr
Crocuses Bloom In Leith Links, Edinburgh | © Mary Hutchison/Flickr

Skye looks simply sublime in the spring sunshine.

The Old Man Of Storr | © John mcsporran/Flickr
The Old Man Of Storr | © John mcsporran/Flickr

Speaking of sunshine — the way the light dances in and out of the Glasgow University cloisters is a snapshot straight from the wildest of imaginations.

Cloisters At University Of Glasgow | Courtesy Of Glasgow Life
Cloisters At University Of Glasgow | Courtesy Of Glasgow Life

Awash with fields of flowers, the Trossachs National Park transforms into a mesmerising carpet of colours #swoon

The Fallen. Spring In The Woodlands Of The Trossachs | © John mcsporran/Flickr
The Fallen. Spring In The Woodlands Of The Trossachs | © John mcsporran/Flickr

While tugging on those heart strings, signs of new life appear a-plenty.

Scottish Lambs | © Berit Watkin/Flickr
Scottish Lambs | © Berit Watkin/Flickr

And old life…

You may even see a dolphin 😍

Common Dolphins In Scotland | © Emma/Flickr
Common Dolphins In Scotland | © Emma/Flickr

The dewy droplets look like diamonds on the trees.

Those lighter nights and brighter mornings are perfect for magical Munro-bagging expeditions in the Highlands.

Good Morning Scotland | © John mcsporran/Flickr
Good Morning Scotland | © John mcsporran/Flickr

It’s a beautiful time of year for bird watching activities.

Birds Flying Towards The Sea | © Public Domain Photography/Flickr
Birds Flying Towards The Sea | © Public Domain Photography/Flickr

May marks the start of Highland Games season and nothing is more fascinating than watching someone in a kilt lug a giant tree!

Highland Gamer | © Fouquier ॐ/Flickr
Highland Gamer | © Fouquier ॐ/Flickr

Even if the temperature is cold, there’s no denying the magical allure of the silver white sands adorning the beaches.

Dalbeg Beach, Lewis | © Chris Combe/Flickr
Dalbeg Beach, Lewis | © Chris Combe/Flickr

Spring is a great time for impromptu weekend getaways and exploring the historic sites on the Scottish isles. The Callanish Stones on Lewis are just one shining example.

Callanish Stones | © Chris Combe/Flickr
Callanish Stones | © Chris Combe/Flickr

Scotland’s ancient castles look particularly stunning under clear blue skies.

Because with April comes the epic Edinburgh International Science Festival. Did you know that one of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world, the NASA Valkyrie, was designed by scientists in Edinburgh?

NASA Valkyrie | © Futurilla/Flickr
NASA Valkyrie | © Futurilla/Flickr

Layers upon layers of cheery sunshine-yellow gorse sweep across Edinburgh’s own Arthur’s Seat.

Edinburgh In Spring | © Rob Schulze/Flickr
Edinburgh In Spring | © Rob Schulze/Flickr

The vast array of farmers’ markets are inundated with the freshest seasonal produce straight from Scotland’s natural larder = #foodie #paradise

Saturday Market Edinburgh | © *pascal*/Flickr
Saturday Market Edinburgh | © *pascal*/Flickr

While on the subject, spring means that top restaurants like Cail Bruich in Glasgow embark on urban foraging missions to create the most innovative of dishes.

Breast Of Chicken | Courtesy Of Call Bruich
Breast Of Chicken | Courtesy Of Call Bruich

Smooth and sweet, May just so happens to be World Whisky Month. And hey, a dram a day in Scotland keeps the doctor away!

Whisky Galore! John Haslam/Flickr
Whisky Galore! John Haslam/Flickr | Whisky Galore! John Haslam/Flickr

Nowhere else in the world will you witness such an entrancing spring sunset…Oh Scotland ❤️

Portencross Pier | © john mcsporran/Flickr
Portencross Pier | © john mcsporran/Flickr