Mother’s Day is fast approaching and for many of us it probably means a last-minute dash to the supermarket to pick up a box of chocolates and carnation bouquet, or perhaps breakfast in bed prepared with the kids and endearing but sticky handmade cards plastered with pasta shells, PVA glue and glitter. All touching gestures to be sure, but why not go that extra mile this year and make her feel really special?
Held on Sunday 15 March there is still time to plan a day she’ll treasure forever. Here are some helpful hints and tips on how best to spoil her.
Pamper her from head to foot
You can’t go wrong with an indulgent spa day or weekend. There’s no shortage of 5-star establishments where your mum can relax and unwind in Scotland. Whether you want to treat her to a distraction-free escape or spend some quality mother-daughter bonding time, it’s never too late to book a luxurious getaway.
Afternoon tea and fine dining
No longer the prim, proper and somewhat stuffy affair of yesteryear, the traditional afternoon tea has enjoyed a revival in recent years and is without question one of the most refined ways to celebrate this Mother’s Day. From chintzy pots of tea, platters of cucumber sandwiches and crumbly scones served in the elegant drawing rooms of historic hotels, to rare and exotic blends, tray bakes with a twist and even flutes of bubbly on offer in boutique establishments and quirky cafés, you’re sure to find something that’s exactly her – excuse the pun – ‘cup of tea’.
Or why not treat Mum, Gran and the rest of the family to delicious meal out? Take your pick from an exceptional choice of restaurants, pubs, cafés and other establishments that belong to Taste Our Best, VisitScotland’s quality assurance scheme that ensures you experience the very best of Scotland’s outstanding food and drink and world-renowned hospitality. Better hurry and make that reservation!
Indulge in some retail therapy
Don’t just say it with flowers this Mother’s Day. Show her how much you really care with a shopping trip to track down that perfect thank you present. Whether that involves browsing the exclusive boutiques and department stores of Glasgow’s Style Mile or heading off the beaten track in search of one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists, she’ll no doubt end the day feeling like a million pounds.
Visit attractions fit for a queen
It can be a bit tricky if you want to get out of the house to celebrate Mother’s Day but have young children. Luckily there are plenty of child-friendly attractions you can visit that will keep the grown-ups happy too. Mothers can expect to receive the royal treatment this Mother’s Day at Stirling Castle. Costumed characters in the restored palace of James V will recount tales of what life was like for women in the 16th century, while a local artist will be on-hand to help kids make a unique piece of jewellery for their mothers inspired by the castle’s tapestries.
Wonderful walks and snowdrops!
Spring is just around the corner and the days are getting longer and longer. Get out and about this Mother’s Day on walks ranging from sightseeing strolls around our bustling cities to leisurely countryside and revitalising coastal walks. Take the time to catch up and unwind in each other’s company while taking in your surroundings.
Mother’s Day is the last day of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Admire these delicate white blooms on walks around 60 stunning venues before they disappear for another year.
Set off on a foodie treasure hunt
Is your mum something of chocaholic or partial to a wee dram? Download our positively tantalising Foodie Trails eBook and discover Scotland’s gastronomic gems, world-famous distilleries and trademark delicacies – some of which might be sitting right on you doorstep.