Why spring is the best time to visit Scotland
11 April 2018
Spring is one of the best times of year to visit Scotland. Not only is the landscape looking its most beautiful, but between the months of April and June there are plenty of great things to see and do, particularly around Ayrshire, and Dumfries and Galloway.
Here are 10 reasons why you and your loved ones should visit Scotland this spring.
May is World Whisky Month
What better time to sample Scotland’s national drink than in World Whisky Month? Whether you head down to your local for a wee dram or spend the day discovering how whisky is produced during a distillery tour at independent whisky bottlers, A. D. Rattray, you can guarantee the Scots will pull out all the stops in celebration of their favourite spirit.
You’ll find landscapes blooming with wildflowers
Scotland is home to some fantastic scenery and spring is when these beautiful landscapes truly come alive. Walk amongst the daffodils as you explore rolling hills and glens, or wander around landscaped parks and gardens such as Blairquhan, Bargany, or Culzean Castle and Country Park.
May marks the start of the Highland Games season
Scotland’s Highland Games offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Scottish culture. While many events take place in the Highlands, the Carrick Lowland Gathering will return to Girvan’s Victory Park on 3rd June and will showcase heavyweight, track and field events, as well as Highland dancing and plenty of other traditional festivities.
The Scottish Grand National
On the weekend of 20th – 21st April, you can experience the greatest day of jump racing in Scotland. Whether you’re a seasoned racegoer or just fancy being part of the action, the Scottish Grand National Festival is one springtime event that is not to be missed!
Longer days and warmer weather
May is a wonderful time of year to head to Scotland. Not only are the days growing longer and the bitterly cold winter months almost behind you, you can escape the summertime crowds and avoid the dreaded Scottish midges!
Scotland is home to some beautiful beaches, and there’s a high chance that you’ll have them to yourself if you visit in the springtime. If the thought of azure waters and stretches of white sand aren’t enough to sway you, then we guarantee the uninterrupted views out to sea and colourful springtime sunsets along the west coast certainly will.
There are still plenty of night time hours for stargazing
UK stargazing doesn’t get much better than at the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory in Ayrshire’s Galloway Forest Park. As so few people live in the area, light pollution is minimal which means that on clear nights you can see over 7,000 stars and planets with the naked eye! Plus, if you visit during early spring, there are still plenty of hours of darkness.
It’s the perfect time of year to spot some wildlife
Dumfries and Galloway is teaming with wildlife, and spring is the perfect season for catching a glimpse of all kinds of local species, from red deer and bats, to buzzards and red squirrels. Follow the famous Red Kite Trail and see if you can spot some birds of prey or visit the Wild Goat Park where you can meet a herd of rare long-haired goats that have roamed the area since the 1970s.
You can celebrate Scotland’s favourite son
Burnsfringe! takes place throughout the month of May and features a jam-packed programme of special events at some of Ayrshire’s best Robert Burns landmarks. Expect live music, exciting festivities, and plenty of fun for all the family.
There are some top free attractions
While the weather will be milder in Scotland during the spring, it’s safe to say that you will probably encounter a downpour. However, with so many world class museums, galleries and attractions to visit in nearby Glasgow, most of which offer free entry, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to rainy day activities.
With 20% off all breaks at Brunston, you can now enjoy a luxury break in the heart of Ayrshire for less. Take a look at our accommodation and start planning your springtime break.