Spring in Scotland usually makes an appearance around mid-March and the weather only continues to get better. May offers some of the best weather and your greatest chance of sunshine. Higher temperatures, more chances of sunshine and longer days make Spring the perfect time to visit Scotland.
As the weather starts to get warmer, colourful plants and flowers come into full bloom and Scottish wildlife start to make an appearance. Making the Scottish countryside a magical place for children as well as adults.
If you’re planning an Easter weekend break, Scotland offers an unforgettable trip. Don’t forget to book your trip well in advance to avoid missing out!
Join us as we explore the enchanting wildlife, vibrant natural landscapes, and exciting family-friendly events that make Scotland an extraordinary place to visit in the springtime.
Best Easter Holiday Breaks Scotland
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Loch Lomond is bursting with lush forests, dramatic glens, and magnificent mountains such as Ben Lomond. Even if you’re only passing through the area, you won’t be disappointed.
Spring crocuses, bright yellow daffodils and fields of vibrant flowers start to emerge on the banks and hills of Loch Lomond as the warmer weather rolls in.
On your visit make sure to take some time to stop, admire stunning mountain landscapes and breathtaking waterfront views, and fill your lungs with the fresh Scottish Spring air.
Explore the iconic Loch Lomond on our one day tour to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. You won’t find a better way to spend your Easter weekend breaks in Scotland.
Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh
The Beltane Fire Festival held in the Spring on Calton Hill in Edinburgh marks the final day of April. The festival is described as one of the largest and most dynamic reinterpretations of an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual, which celebrates the birth of the Summer and the fertility of the land.
The name ‘Beltane’ is a rough translation of ‘bright fire,’ and as such this celebration revolves around the lighting of the Beltane bonfire.
Whether you’re visiting Edinburgh for one day or several, this festival offers a unique glimpse into Scotland’s history and pegan roots. It gives you the chance to experience a procession driven by the beat of drums and dramatic stage performances involving dancing, body paint and exquisite costumes. You’ll even have the opportunity to get involved -- making the Beltane Fire Festival a truly immersive experience.
Orkney’s Spring Wildlife
For the wildlife enthusiasts, Orkney is a must-visit destination this Springtime.
The Orkney Islands are home to some of the most incredible coastline and spectacular rocky cliffs in Scotland. These cliffs are the perfect roosting spot for seabirds such as hawks, razorbills, and puffins.
With crystal clear water surrounding the island on all sides, you might even spot rarer wildlife like otters, seals and whales making their way along the coast line to their breeding grounds.
Get up close and personal with the marvelous wildlife on the Orkney Islands with our 3 day tour this Easter break.
Isle of Skye in the Spring
The Isle of Skye is the largest and most popular isle of the Inner Hebrides. A visit here offers some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. Landscapes guaranteed to take your breath away.
On a clear, crisp Spring day you’ll find plenty of picture perfect views, ideal for your Instagram and Facebook feed. Make sure to capture mysterious rock formations on the Trotternish peninsula or the rugged Cuillin Hills.
For some fantastic ideas on where to try fresh seafood and local malt whisky, read our guide on the 10 Best Restaurants on the Isle of Skye.
Events in the Spring
Discover a few of the amazing events happening across Scotland this Spring:
May is World Whisky Month
Celebrate Scotland’s iconic national drink in style during World Whisky Month held in May each year.
World Whisky Month is the perfect opportunity to visit a whisky distillery and try some of the most delicious and high-quality single malt whiskies around.
If you’re looking to sample some whisky and enjoy traditional Scottish music, ceilidhs, or even Gaelic lessons, then the Islay Whisky Festival is the place for you.
You may consider following The Malt Whisky Trail to explore the largest concentration of Scotch whisky distilleries and discover an age-old industry steeping in history and culture.
Pour yourself a wee dram on us!
Highland Games Season
Held every Spring, the Highland Games are the ultimate celebration of Scottish and Celtic culture.
The Highland Games are usually one-day events, taking place across Scotland in truly stunning locations like Loch Lomond and Braemar.
Spectate traditional Highland sporting events such as the tug o’ war, hammer throw and the unique ‘caber toss’. On top of that, enjoy Highland dancing, music, craft stalls and food. Why not join the Highland Games Experience tour for a memorable day at one of these colourful celebrations of Scottish culture.
Scottish Spring weather
Most people wrongly assume that summer is the driest season but April and May are actually your best bet. Both April and May bring long sunny days and low chances of rain. However, remember this is Scotland we’re talking about so we can’t guarantee there won’t be a bit of wet weather.
Discover Scotland this Easter with Scottish Tours
At Scottish Tours we make it easy for you to explore the very best that Scotland has to offer.
Whether you want to explore the vibrant and colourful banks of Loch Lomond or immerse yourself in ancient Scottish culture, we’ll help you plan an Easter getaway like no other.
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