A visual wonderland visits Scotland in spring, making it an ideal season to visit. The mountain peaks are still brushed with snow, while wildflowers scatter across the Scottish Highlands. Have you ever pet a Heilan Coo? They are quite lovable.
Spring is also an ideal time to partake in activities such as hiking, bird watching, cycling, fishing, golf, and boating. Picture spending your Scottish vacation hiking through open wilderness, mountain biking, and settling in at a quaint pub with a pint of beer and plate of haggis, neeps and tatties.
Of course, no trip to Scotland is complete without going back in time to explore inside a stunning castle, happy hour at a whisky distillery, or even the unusual Scottish tradition of a deep-fried Mars bar. It’s truly a meal in itself.
12 Big Reasons to Visit Scotland in the Spring
- April – Beltane, a Pagan Fire Festival to mark the end of Winter
- May – Aviemore and Cairngorms Walking and Mountain Festival
- May – Arran Wildlife Festival
- May – Isle of Bute Jazz Festival
- Longer daylight hours – reaching 17 hours a day
- Highland Games are held from May until September
- Visit a whisky distillery
- Try to spot sneaky “Nessie” the loch ness monster
- A brisk swim in the Isle of Skye fairy pools
- Pink sand beaches of the Angus coast
- Explore castles, palaces and ruins
- Hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, bird watching in Cairngorm National Park
Where to Stay
Scotland in the spring is magical, and Hilton Grand Vacations has four properties to welcome you home among ancient castles and Heelin Coos. After a visit to Edinburgh, trek out to the natural beauty of Scotland for an unforgettable vacation.
Located in the heart of Cairngorm National Park in a 65-acre woodland estate, this charming hideaway provides a relaxing retreat for guests seeking a serene Scottish holiday. The distinctive Nordic design of each lodge and the adjacent Coylumbridge Hotel evoke the beauty of the surrounding countryside and breathtaking Cairngorm Mountains. Vacationers enjoy on-site amenities including a swimming pool complex with sauna, dining options, and a children’s recreation area. Guests can spend their days’ hiking, climbing, horseback riding, and sailing.
Here are a few highlights of things to see and do near the Resort:
- Cairngorm Mountain/Cairngorm Reindeer Centre
- Landmark Forest Adventure Park
- Local Distilleries at Dalwhinnie and Tomatin
- Strathspey Steam Railway
- Highland Wildlife Park/ Highland Folk Museum
ENTERTAINMENT + NIGHTLIFE
- The hotel offers entertainment in the hotel lounge six nights per week.
- There are a number of welcoming restaurants in the village of Aviemore, a ten-minute drive from the hotel.
Set amid the lush, rolling farmland of Royal Deeside, this celebrated resort occupies a spectacular private country estate. Centuries of cultural tradition are brought to life in the property’s Victorian architecture and gourmet cuisine, while the signature charm of the Scottish people enlivens every local experience. On-site amenities are complemented by nearby golf, fishing, horseback riding, and skiing. For years, Royal Deeside has been one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets, featuring lush countryside that has served as a favorite retreat of the Royal Family.
Nestled near the banks of the River Dee on the outskirts of the village of Ballater, this elegantly appointed Resort provides a taste of luxury steeped in cultural tradition. Once a Victorian country house, the property sits on a spectacular private estate within the bounds of the Cairngorms National Park and just a few minutes from Balmoral Castle.
Here are a few highlights of things to do in and around the Resort:
- On-site spa
- Golf: 25 courses within 25-mile radius, including, Dunkeld, Gleneagles, Rosemount, Alyth (St. Andrews famous home of golf is 50 miles)
- Walking trails (over 280 Acres)
- Bird watching Osprey (Spring – Autumn)
- Salmon and trout fishing (January – October)
ENTERTAINMENT + NIGHTLIFE
- Local pubs – musical evenings with local musicians
- Arts venue in Birnam, which host different workshops each month
- Nightclubs, Theatre, and Cinema in Perth
- This is a small village with local food shops (Bakery, Butcher, Deli, Grocer)
- Large supermarkets (Can be ordered online and they will deliver to Lodges)
- House of Bruar – specializes in cashmere
- Music Festivals
- Highland Games
- Castles to visit: Stirling, Edinburgh
- Palaces to visit: Scone, Glamis, Linlithgow
- Falkirk Wheel – an engineering wonder
Famous Scottish poet and songwriter of the New Year’s Eve favorite, “Auld Lang Syne”, Robert Burns said it best when he stated, “My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go.” We guarantee after a vacation to the unspoiled wilderness of Scotland this spring, you will be left with a yearning to return to your days among these magical Highlands.