Exploring Scotland in Spring

The Scottish countryside will soon be full of colour as flowers bloom, leaves regrow, and animals awake from hibernation. It’s the perfect time to visit Scotland but if you need any more persuading than that, here are a few more reasons to get out and about this spring.

Blow Away the Winter Cobwebs

The fresh Scottish air is the perfect antidote to the winter blues and contrary to what you may think, April and May are the sunniest and driest months of the year. You’ll be treated to bright sunny mornings and atmospheric evening skies – a photographer’s playground. It may still rain though so prepare for anything and make the most of it – moody grey clouds add character anyway!

Bluebell Fields -stock.adobe.com - mountaintreks

See Scotland’s Natural World Come to Life

Scotland comes alive with colour in spring. Daffodils, crocuses, and bluebells fill the countryside while iconic heather carpets the highlands. Butterflies and bees bring fleeting splashes of colour and birds fill the skies. It’s truly beautiful, and in spring you have the added beauty of melting snow on the mountains in the background.

Avoid the Crowds

Scotland gets busy in summer. Tourists flock to complete some of the best driving routes in the country, so you’re bound to hit a few traffic jams as well as queues at attractions; accommodation is also booked way in advance. Travel in spring, however, and you’ll get all the beauty but without the crowds. You’ll have your pick of parking places for your motorhome and more flexibility to change your plans as you go.

Photograph Wildlife

Spring is the time for new life. Hedgehogs make their way out of hibernation, red squirrels come out of hiding for their mating season, and ospreys make their way home after wintering in warmer climates as do other birds like the iconic puffin. You’ll get the chance to see young red deer, leaping baby lambs and cuddly highland cow calves in the fields as well – animals really are hiding around every bend!

One animal you won’t have to worry about seeing though is the infamous midge. The season is yet to start so you can appreciate the sunsets without worrying about midge bites!

Puffin - stock.adobe.com: giedriius

Welcome in the Warm Weather at the Beltane Fire Festival

Many Scottish attractions close over winter, particularly those in the more rural highlands. By spring, however, they are all starting to reopen so you won’t miss out on some of the highlights. You’ll also be able to welcome spring with a festival or two. In Edinburgh, the traditional Celtic Beltane Fire Festival lights up the sky at the end of April with fire, drums, dance, and acrobatics, but there are many others to choose from. Where will your motorhome take you?

Beltane Fire Festival - Credit: Stefan Schäfer, Lich / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

Hire a Motorhome to Explore Scotland in Spring

If Scotland in Spring sounds appealing to you then there’s no better way to see the country than by luxury motorhome hire. Combining transport and accommodation, you can explore Scotland on your terms, going where you want, when you want, never having to worry about where you’ll rest each night. Visit our motorhome hire page to see our vehicles, or contact us to find out more. We’re happy to assist you in creating an itinerary that ticks off everything on your list for Scotland.