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Escape the Cabin Fever – 7 Ways to Enjoy Springtime in Scotland

Are you in need of stretching your legs and breathing in the fresh spring air after being snowed in? Well never fear, Scotland is open for business as usual.

Once the snow and winter frost has thawed, and the roads are clear and safe to use, it’s time to get into the outdoors and explore Scotland’s springtime beauty. From visiting historic monuments, glorious castles, and artistic museums, to venturing on woodland trails, trying adrenaline-fuelled activities, and enjoying Scotland’s picturesque landscapes – there’s plenty to do!

Gardens and National Parks

Loch an Eilein Castle in the Cairngorms National Park

Loch an Eilein Castle in the Cairngorms National Park

Now that the snow is melting, spring can finally make an appearance, bringing with it bright, blossoming flowers and gorgeous green trees and shrubbery filling parks, gardens and green spaces across the country. Head to the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands to uncover more mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs and wildlife hotspots than you can possibly imagine. Or visit Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park for picturesque lochside walks, wild scenery, cruises, and more.

Explore the joys of spring in our Spring Adventures in Scotland eBook.


Linlithgow Palace and St Michael's Parish Church

Linlithgow Palace and St Michael’s Parish Church

Scotland is famed for its castles and there are hundreds to choose from. Many of the castles across the country are open year-round or open their doors to public again in spring, so now is the time to visit a grand Scottish castle. Choose from fairytale fortresses, royal residences or a famous gem, such as Edinburgh Castle, that are great for a fun family-friendly day out.
Why not explore some of Scotland’s top castles, or feel like a princess in a fairytale fortress?

Seaside Strolls

Seafield Beach and Kirkcaldy waterfront, Fife

Seafield Beach and Kirkcaldy waterfront, Fife

Even with a slight chill in the air, a crisp morning, or afternoon, walk along the beach is always good for the soul. Wrap up warm and taste the salty sea air, hear the seabirds calling, and listen to the crashing waves as you enjoy a scenic stroll along one of Scotland’s many beaches and coastline hotspots.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights above Bass Rock, East Lothian © Sarah White

Northern Lights above Bass Rock, East Lothian © Sarah White

Before the spring season gets fully underway, why not try to catch a glimpse of the stunning Northern Lights dancing on a clear night sky? Head to a location where there is minimal light pollution for the best chance at seeing these ‘Mirrie Dancers’, such as Shetland, Orkney, Galloway Forest Park, Perthshire and many others.

Why not explore another galaxy with our captivating Dark Skies video?

Wonderful Wildlife

Scottish Wildcat © Neil McIntyre

Scottish Wildcat © Neil McIntyre

Calling all wildlife enthusiasts! Springtime is a heart-warming time of year when fluffy lambs are born, little chicks are running around, and many species emerge from winter hibernation. Head to a National Nature Reserve, or two, where you can explore vast wildlife parks and forest trails which are teeming with wild things, meaning you can come face-to-face with Scotland’s fascinating wildlife.

Browse through our educational Wildlife Calendar and Scottish Wildlife Series eBooks to learn more about Scotland’s famed creatures and where you can find them.

Or if you’ve still got a bit of snow, why not make the most of it?


Snowboards on the Nevis Range, Fort William © SkiScotland/ Steven McKenna

Snowboards on the Nevis Range, Fort William © SkiScotland/ Steven McKenna

Hit the slopes at one of Scotland’s five ski resorts which all offer the best outdoor skiing and snowboarding in the UK. Enjoy the stunning Highland and Aberdeenshire scenery as you glide and slide down the snowy slopes of some of Scotland’s most iconic mountains. But never fear, each resort caters for all abilities, from the complete beginner to the seasoned pro, with a variety of slopes to try out.

Winter Walks

Lochan Urr in Glen Etive with Buachaille Etive Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor in the background

Lochan Urr in Glen Etive with Buachaille Etive Beag and Buachaille Etive Mor in the background

Exploring the great outdoors in the snow is a whole other experience not to be missed. Sparkling landscapes, crisp air, magical snow-capped mountains and a real winter wonderland atmosphere will leave you in awe. Scotland is full of woodland trails, parks, lochs and city routes that are suitable for all ages and abilities to venture on, so you can truly appreciate the country’s winter beauty. Why not wander on a spectacular winter walk of your own to experience Scotland’s beauty?

Discover the many more attractions and events you can experience across Scotland to banish the winter blues.

Tell us all about your exciting experiences on the iKnow Community forum, and don’t forget to share all your snaps from around Scotland using #ScotSpirit and #YOYP2018.