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 daffodils in a field.
…and Scotland looks absolutely amazing under its spell.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. Photo by bumblebambi via Instagram
It’s a time when our parks and gardens are bursting into life…
Branklyn Garden, Perth.
…and splashes of colour can be seen on every corner.
The earth receives the long-awaited embrace of the sun…
The Quiraing, Isle of Skye. Photo by Harry Martin Photography via Facebook
…which turns our streets and paths into colourful walkways…
The 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. Photo by stumil via Instagram
…although, we’ll admit it – they look pretty spectacular!
Eilean Donan Castle, Highlands. Photo by spectacular_scotland via Instagram
Our sun-wrapped landscapes are truly magical, too.
Glenfinnan Viaduct, Lochaber, Highlands © Getty Images, all rights reserved
Think lush sun-kissed grass…
Dunrobin Castle, near Golspie, Highlands
…and forests teeming with wildlife.
Deer stag. Photo by Ewan McLeod via Facebook
Who fancies an outdoor adventure?
Dalbeattie Mountain Biking Centre, Dumfries & Galloway
Or enjoying a glorious walk?
Isle of Eigg, Highlands. Photo by the chaoticscot via Instagram
Our mountains and glens? They’re breathtaking…
Glencoe, Highlands. Photo by Ali Dainsley via Facebook
…particularly when carpeted in flowers.
Isle of Skye, Highlands © Peter Goldie
‘Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party!’ (Robin Williams)
Beltane Fire Festival © Jasper Schwartz
From not-to-be-missed Highland games…
Dundonald Highland Games, Ayrhisre © Ayrshire & Arran tourism, all rights reserved
…to vibrant music festivals.
Eden Festival, Dumfries & Galloway
Spring also means picnic season…
Horgabost 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, Argyll. Photo by matthiasfriel via Instagram
Grab your partner and go on a road trip…
Dalveen Pass, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
…explore somewhere new and discover a new perspective on life.
Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye. Photo by caldamac via Instagram
In spring you can wake up to foggy mornings…
…lovely, sunny days…
Glamis Castle, Dundee & Angus.
…or dramatic, rainy skies…
Loch 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. Photo by LadyArctica via Flickr
And our sunsets? They’re pretty hard to beat…
Sunset in Edinburgh. Photo by lesleympic via Instagram
…just ask our four-legged friends!
Lunan 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. 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 May
…we hope they’re gone now and we’ll see you soon!
St Ninian's Isle, Bigton, Shetland
Hello Spring! We can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store for us!
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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