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33 stunning photos which prove that spring in Scotland is staggeringly beautiful

When spring rolls into Scotland, the season beats the winter blues and brings something magical to our lives. Green spaces are suddenly blazing with the colour of flowers and trees in bloom, the hills and mountains look stunningly beautiful and sounds of wildlife start to fill the air again. Close your eyes and you can almost smell the fresh spring air…

Spring is the season of birth and rejuvenation…

A lamb grazes amongst daffodills in a fieldA lamb grazes amongst daffodils in a field.

…and Scotland looks absolutely amazing under its spell.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum © bumblebambi via InstagramKelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. Photo by bumblebambi via Instagram

It’s a time when our parks and gardens are bursting into life…

LOOKING OVER A GARDEN PATH THROUGH COLOURFUL FLOWERBEDS, AT BRANKLYN GARDEN- A COLLECTION OF RARE PLANTS INCLUDING HIMALAYAN BLUE POPPY, GOLDEN CEDRUS, RHODODENDRONS AND ALPINES, NEAR PERTH, PERTH & KINROSS. PIC: PAUL TOMKINS/VisitScotlandBranklyn Garden, Perth.

…and splashes of colour can be seen on every corner.

Belleisle Gardens in the Belleisle Estate, AyrshireBelleisle Gardens in the Belleisle Estate, Ayrshire

The earth receives the long-awaited embrace of the sun…

The Quairaing Isle of Skye © Harry Martin Photography via FacebookThe Quiraing, Isle of Skye. Photo by Harry Martin Photography via Facebook

…which turns our streets and paths into colourful walkways…

Cherry trees in blossom Edinburgh © Edinburgh & Beyond Photography via InstagramThe Meadows, Edinburgh. Photo by Edinburgh & Beyond Photography via Facebook

It’s not just our buildings that get a new light shed on them…

Kelso Abbey, Scottish Borders © stamil via InstagramKelso Abbey, Scottish Borders. Photo by stumil via Instagram

…although, we’ll admit it – they look pretty spectacular!

Eilean Donan Castle © spectacular_scotland via InstagramEilean Donan Castle, Highlands. Photo by spectacular_scotland via Instagram

Our sun-wrapped landscapes are truly magical, too.

The Jacobite steam train passing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct at the head of Loch Shiel, Lochaber, Highlands of ScotlandGlenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber, Highlands © Getty Images, all rights reserved

Think lush sun-kissed grass…

LOOKING OVER THE IMMACULATELY TENDED GARDENS TO DUNROBIN CASTLE (A FAIRYTALE SCOTTISH BARONIAL CASTLE DATING FROM 1275 WITH EXTENSIVE ADDITIONS IN 19C BY SIR CHARLES BARRY. THE SEAT OF THE DUKES OF SUTHERLAND), NORTH EAST OF GOLSPIE, HIGHLAND. PIC: P.TOMKINS/VisitScotlandDunrobin Castle, near Golspie, Highlands

…and forests teeming with wildlife.

Deer stag © Ewan McLeod via FacebookDeer stag. Photo by Ewan McLeod via Facebook

Who fancies an outdoor adventure?

A MOUNTAIN BIKER ON THE RED TRAIL, MOYLE MAGIC, AT THE DALBEATTIE (FOREST) MOUNTAIN BIKING CENTRE, DALBEATTIE SOUTHERN SCOTLAND PIC CREDIT : P. TOMKINS / VISITSCOTLANDDalbeattie Mountain Biking Centre, Dumfries & Galloway

Or enjoying a glorious walk?

Isle of Eigg © thechaoticscot via InstagramIsle of Eigg, Highlands. Photo by the chaoticscot via Instagram

Our mountains and glens? They’re breathtaking…

Glencoe © Ali Daisley via FBGlencoe, Highlands. Photo by Ali Dainsley via Facebook

…particularly when carpeted in flowers.

Elgol on Isle of Skye Highlands © Peter GoldieIsle of Skye, Highlands © Peter Goldie

‘Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!’ (Robin Williams)

Beltane Fire Festival © Jasper SchwartzBeltane Fire Festival © Jasper Schwartz

From not-to-be-missed Highland games…

Pipeband at Dundonal Highland Games, AyrshireDundonald Highland Games, Ayrhisre © Ayrshire & Arran tourism, all rights reserved

…to vibrant music festivals.

Eden Festival, Dumfries & GallowayEden Festival, Dumfries & Galloway

Spring also means picnic season…

TWO CYCLISTS SIT OUTSIDE THEIR TENT WHILST AT THE CAMPSITE ABOVE HORGABOST BEACH ( TRAIGH NISABOST) ON THE ISLE OF HARRIS, WITH A VIEW TO THE ISLE OF TARANSAY BEYOND, OUTER HEBRIDES. PIC: P.TOMKINS/VisitScotlandHorgabost beach, Isle of Harris, Lewis, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides

…there really isn’t anything better than sitting out in the countryside and enjoying delicious food!

Islay © matthiasfriel via InstagramIslay, Argyll. Photo by matthiasfriel via Instagram

Grab your partner and go on a road trip

LOOKING DOWN TO A CAR ON THE A702 AS THE ROAD PASSES THROUGH DALVEEN PASS IN THE LOWTHER HILLS, NEAR THORNHILL, DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY . PIC: P.TOMKINS/VisitScotlandDalveen Pass, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

…explore somewhere new and discover a new perspective on life.

Mealt Falls Isle of Skye © caldamac via InstagramMealt Falls, Isle of Skye. Photo by caldamac via Instagram

In spring you can wake up to foggy mornings…

SOME OF THE REMAINING MONOLITHS OF THE RING OF BRODGAR (ORIGINALLY THERE WERE SIXTY DATING FROM NEOLITHIC TIMES) AT DAWN, BETWEEN LOCH OF HARRAY AND LOCH OF STENNESS, MAINLAND, ORKNEYRing of Brodgar, near Stenness, Orkney

…lovely, sunny days…

A VINTAGE CAR DRIVES DOWN THE MAIN DRIVEWAY TOWARDS GLAMIS CASTLE (THE CHILDHOOD HOME OF THE QUEEN MOTHER AND BIRTHPLACE OF PRINCESS MARGARET), NORTH OF DUNDEE, ANGUS. PIC:PAUL TOMKINS/VisitScotlandGlamis Castle, Dundee & Angus.

…or dramatic, rainy skies…

Loch Leven Perthshire © cameronkellow via InstagramLoch Leven, Perthshire. Photo by cameronkellow via Instagram

…but there is no reason to be disappointed even when it rains – rainbows are often included!

Rainbow on Calton Hill Edinburgh © LadyArctica via FlickrRainbow on Calton Hill, Edinburgh. Photo by LadyArctica via Flickr

And our sunsets? They’re pretty hard to beat…

Edinburgh © lesleympix via InstagramSunset in Edinburgh. Photo by lesleympic via Instagram

…just ask our four-legged friends!

Lunan Beach © brian_wilson_15 via InstagramLunan Bay, Montrose, Dundee & Angus. Photo by brian_wilson_15 via Instagram

And if you’re looking for the world’s best selfie spot? We’ve got that covered too!

Northern Lights Loch Lomond © Christopher Marr Photography via FacebookNorthern Lights, Loch Lomond. Photo by Christopher Marr Photography via Facebook

If you ever had any doubts about taking a spring holiday in Scotland…

Puffins on the Isle of MayPuffins on the Isle of May

…we hope they’re gone now and we’ll see you soon!

St Ninian's Isle, joined to Mainland by a tombolo of sand at Bigton, Shetland.St Ninian's Isle, Bigton, Shetland

Hello Spring! We can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store for us!

Loch Katrine seen from the summit of Ben A'an in The TrossachsLoch Katrine, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

For more ideas of things to see and do in Scotland over the spring season, visit visitscotland.com and join in the conversation on the iKnow Community. Don’t forget to share your photos with us via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Aldona Krzemien

Originally from Poland, she's now based in Edinburgh and can't imagine life without four things: travels, photography, fishing for antiques and haggis! Motto: ‘I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list’ - Susan Sontag

Comments

  • Simone Opdam

    Nice collection of photographs. Scotland in Spring is beautiful indeed, as we have exp http://www.simoneo.comerienced last April. It can be wintery too. Late April and Aberdeenshire was covered under a blanket of snow for some days…
    Simone Opdam http://www.simoneo.com

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