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Things to do in spring

Daffodils at Brodie Castle

Looking for things to do in Scotland in spring? We have everything you need! Spot the first signs of the season as you go wildlife watching, explore nature trails and flower-filled gardens, take on amazing outdoor adventures, and enjoy exciting events across Scotland.

Flower spotting

It's impossible not to be enchanted by the beauty of the flowers of Scotland. Here’s a few of the best places for spring blossoms.

1. Speaking of daffodils, for many these bright yellow beauties are synonymous with spring. Perhaps one of the best places in Scotland to see these colourful flowers (apart from Brodie Castle!) is at Threave Garden & Estate, where you’ll find over 200 varieties throughout the stunning grounds, including the rare Narcissus ‘Southern Gem’.

2. Another unmistakable sign that spring has sprung is the variety of shapes and colours brought by spectacular displays of rhododendrons. Delight in the number of these sweetly-scented blooms at the stunning Branklyn Garden, which holds a number of National Plant Collections.

3. If you’re a keen hiker, a trip to Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve will reward you with a sight of the first alpine plant to flower, heralding spring in the uplands: the purple saxifrage. Amazingly, it’s sometimes already in flower as the last snow melts from the plant!

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Wildlife watching

In the springtime, Scotland is the perfect place to watch wildlife, and we’ve highlighted some of the best places in Scotland to get closer to our incredible animals.

4. Head down to Inverewe, the garden oasis perched on a rocky peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe, and learn about all the wildlife in the area as well as hopefully spot seals, otters and a variety of seabirds and waders. Elsewhere on the estate, look out for owls, buzzards, eagles and pine martens.

5. Formed by a series of volcanic eruptions, the craggy landscape of St Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve on the Berwickshire coast provides spectacular vantage points from which to watch thousands of nesting seabirds, including guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills.

6. The Pass of Killiecrankie is a magnificent wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing along its base. The iconic little red squirrels are frequently seen in the area.

7. Mar Lodge Estate covers some of the most remote and scenic wild land in Scotland. Late autumn sees the red deer stags begin their rut, when they vie for territory and the right to mate with hinds. Although you may not see the stags fighting, the primeval roar of their challenges echoes across the glens.

Red Deer

Outdoor adventures across Scotland

Get out and about in the fresh air, and enjoy some unique events in the unrivalled Scottish countryside.

8. Let us transport you through the iconic Glencoe landscape, going slightly off the beaten track, with our incredible Land Rover Safaris between April and October. An expert guide will transport you to many of the key sites, helping you to unravel the true history of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. An unforgettable experience.

9. Are you a keen sea kayaker, or someone who’s keen to give it a try? Take a look at our range of sea kayaking activities in the stunning surroundings of Kintail. There’s everything from short beginners’ courses, designed to give first-time paddlers the opportunity to gain basic skills, to incredible week-long expeditions to Skye, Raasay and Rona.

Picture-perfect spots

Want to impress your followers on Instagram? Spring is one of the best times to visit Scotland and capture its charm through your camera lens.

10. Stroll around the picturesque grounds of Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire. Ghosts, legends and folklore are all woven into the tapestry of the castle’s 800-year history. The stunning loch provides the perfect photo opportunity. Whilst there, discover the restored 1903 racquets court and bowling alley for a more unusual shot.

11. Follow in Tam o’ Shanter’s footsteps across the 15th-century cobblestoned Brig o’ Doon over the River Doon near Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. The narrow, arched footbridge is an iconic landmark and picture-perfect spot in spring.

12. Visit the magnificent Crathes Castle – one of the most photogenic places in Aberdeenshire with its towers, turrets, charming garden and wider estate.  Capture the array of stunning topiary, vivid colours and exotic blooms.

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