Springtime in the Highlands: A Glorious Colourful Getaway

Scotland has a lot to offer whether you’re looking for an adventure or something a little more relaxing. Springtime is a beautiful time of the year, with its lovely, untouched landscapes and everything springing back to life. It can get breezy, and the weather can be changeable, but this never takes away from how glorious the setting is.

Visiting the Highlands in the spring has so much to offer an intrepid traveller. April and May are the sunniest and driest months which is a great time to book family holidays in Scotland. There are fewer tourists around, which means that there are smaller crowds, less traffic on the roads and a fantastic accommodation.

What the Highlands Has to Offer

  • Visiting Scotland in the Springtime
  • When is the Start of Spring in Scotland?
  • Great Springtime Activities in Scotland
  • Wildlife in the Springtime
  • Great Family-friendly Activities in the Highlands Perthshire
  • Super Choice of Accommodation

Visiting Scotland in the Springtime

Spring in Scotland

As winter turns in to spring the Highlands, the landscapes burst into life. Snow lingers on the highest peaks, and the gorse lights up turning valleys and flatlands bright yellow. Spring flowers are in abundance. It’s the best time to visit Scotland if you’re a keen photographer!

Then there’s the wildlife, the deer, the rare birds which can only be found in this region. This includes the rare capercaillie, one of Scotland’s most precious birds. Then there’s the golden eagle, a top but iconic predator often seen in the region.

There are so many things to do in Scotland when you visit the region. Seasonal Scottish cultural attractions are a must! But there are many reasons why a trip to the Highlands in spring makes such great memories. Some of which are listed below:

  • Magnificent display of spring flowers
  • Landscapes and valleys coming to life
  • It’s the driest time of the year
  • Superb cultural attractions
  • Dolphin and whale watching off the beautiful coastline

When is the Start of Spring in Scotland?

Things to do

As elusive as a capercaillie, spring in the Highlands can be elusive. One day it’s glorious, and the next it’s winter again. It’s well-known that Scotland can have all four seasons in a single day! This never deters the region from coming to life with trees in bloom and plants bursting into flowers.

  Starts Ends
Meteorological spring March 1st May 31st
Astronomical spring 18th – 22nd March 18th – 22nd June
What the experts tell us 2nd week in March 2nd week in May

Great Springtime Activities in Scotland

Things to do in Scottish Highlands

Some of the best places to visit in Scotland in spring are listed below:

The Highland Games

The Highland Games offers a true taste of Scotland at its best. It’s all about stamina and strength, something Scotland treasures! But there’s more to the day than the games, which include caber tossing, shot put, hammer throw and tug-o-war. There are the finest local delicacies, the music and dancing too!

St. Andrews and its Beautiful Beaches

Just a short walk from the historic town of St Andrews, you’ll find 2 miles of beautiful fine sand beach. This stretch of the coastline is sheltered by stunning dunes and boasts an internationally acclaimed golf course.

Chariots of Fire was filmed in the area which provides the perfect location for walkers who enjoy exploring this beautiful part of Scotland’s coastline.

Visiting One of the Majestic Scottish Castles

Castles in the region tend to open their doors at the beginning of April. This means it’s the best time to visit Scotland if you’ve set your heart on exploring one of the 1500 castles the region has to offer. As a bonus, Castle gardens are in full bloom, and you’ll find few visitors are around!

Walking and Hiking in the Highlands

The Highlands has some of the most glorious coastal paths, long-distance trails, mountain trails and riverside walks in Scotland. Visiting the region in the spring makes it more enjoyable!

Savouring the Season

A lot goes on during the springtime in the Highlands. From dedicated springtime menus which offer the best of the season’s produce to the whisky festivals and other uniquely Scottish events!

Scottish Wildlife in the Springtime

Dumfries & Galloway Wild Spring Festival

The wildlife in Scotland is exceptional. With so much untouched land, there’s an abundance of birds, deer, and other wildlife to see at any time of the year. Red squirrels abound, pine martens, and rare Scottish birds can be spotted on higher and lower ground.

To see how wildlife springs to life in Scotland, why not visit the following destinations in the springtime:

Great Family-friendly Activities in the Highlands Perthshire

Cycling Holidays in Perthsire

Cycling in the Highlands

Scotland has some of the best cycling routes in the UK. The top 5 family-friendly cycle routes in Scotland are just waiting to be explored. The good news is some are close to our lovely hotel in Pitlochry. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a skilled cyclist or out, to have a relaxing day in a glorious setting.

Highland Safaris

The Highland Safaris can be found just a short drive from our luxury hotel in Pitlochry.  An expert safari ranger takes you on an epic adventure through some of the most glorious landscapes. Over mountains, through forests and around lochs which is why it’s a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike!

Nae Limits Activity Centre

White water rafting, adventure tubing and canyoning it’s all there for those who enjoy an adrenalin rush! If floating through a stunning gorge is more your thing, look no further. There’s something for everyone at the Nae Limits Activity Centre.

Horse and Pony Trekking

For those who enjoy horse riding, it doesn’t get much better than trekking through a Highland wilderness past historic castles and woodlands. Setting off from Atholl Estates, it’s a thrilling adventure the children will thoroughly enjoy!

Go-karting, Bowling, and So Much More

There are lots of indoor activities on offer for the whole family when the Scottish weather gets temperamental! Noahs has an plenty of things to do, from go-karting and bowling to arts and crafts.

A Superb Choice in Accommodation

Our Story - Dunalastair Hotel Suites

Our Dunalastair Hotel Suites are an excellent choice for a luxury family holiday in Scotland. Our exclusive location in the heart of the Highlands means you are never far from a unique adventure in this glorious region. The choice of accommodation is second to none offering convenient family suites. You’ll enjoy traditional ‘hearty’ Scottish dishes and delicacies in our Monadh restaurant.

Our 5-star luxury hotel in Scotland is the perfect choice for an idyllic spring holiday in the Highlands!

When booking your stay, don’t forget our family voyagers special offer.

A family adventure springtime holiday in the heart of the Highlands is just a click away!

You can book your next Scotland family holiday at Dunalastair Hotel Suites online. Or you can call us today on +44(0)1882 580444.

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