Spellbinding scenery, ancient forests and more history than you can shake a bagpipe at, the Scottish Highlands are a sight to behold at any time of year. As the warmer weather breathes new life into every nook and cranny of the region, and flowers sprout a kaleidoscope of colours far and wide, spring is arguably the most beautiful time to visit this breathtaking place.
We’ve trekked across mountains, waded through marshland and rolled down hills of heather to discover some of the best spots in the Scottish Highlands to visit in springtime.
For a fuss-free Highland break you need the perfect place to lay your head, and we have modern, comfortable hotels in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Perth, so you can discover the ideal base for your Scottish adventure.
Journey to the northeastern tip of the Scottish Mainland and you’ll find yourself in the enchanting Sandwood Bay. Here, rocky cliffs stand above the pink sandy shores of the North Atlantic Ocean. Sandwood Bay is considered to be among the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in Britain, and can only be reached by taking the 4-mile path from the hamlet of Blairmore.
Take your first steps onto the beach and marvel at Am Buachaille, an impressive natural structure which stands just off shore. This ancient sea stack is 215 feet tall, and adds drama to the landscape. The beach itself is a hidden treasure and, often empty, is a wonderful place to reflect and get back to nature.
The Trossachs National Park is made up of 720 square miles of tranquil locks, whimsical woodlands and fairytale coves which are just waiting to be explored. Visit the park in spring and you’ll see thousands of wildflowers in bloom, covering the land with their purple, blue, pink and green hues.
Explore the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond – the largest loch in Britain – and discover one of the most awe-inspiring natural landscapes on the planet. Why not set sail across the water and see if you can spot some rare wildlife on one of the loch’s 30+ islands – look out for the wallabies of Inchconnachan!
Fun Fact: did you know that 50% of Scotland’s population live within an hour’s drive of The Trossachs National Park?
To the northeast of The Highlands lies an area called Assynt. Towering mountains, rolling hills and twinkling lochs are the norm here, so be sure to have your camera at the ready! Scotland’s longest known cave, Cnoc nan Uamh, is a winding 1750-metre stretch of limestone that sits at the edge of Inchnadamph Forest – a place shrouded in legend.
Journey southeast of the trees and you’ll encounter the imposing peaks of Ben More Assynt and Conival, both of which reward those who summit them with unparalleled views of Loch Assynt and the surrounding areas.
With its picturesque golden sands and turquoise waters, the coveted Camusdarach Beach looks more like the islands of the Caribbean than the shores of Scotland. Why not sit and relax with a book, or simply stroll along the sands, taking in the serene beauty of your surroundings? The sea here may be chilly, but it’s the perfect place to take a dip and wash away the cobwebs after a long drive!
Jutting out from northeastern Scotland towards the Inner Hedbredes lies the Applecross peninsula. A distinct part of Applecross’ charm is its inaccessibility – the village of Applecross can only be reached by two roads, one from Kishorn over the Bealach na Ba, and the coastal road from Shieldaig. Each of these promise an unforgettable drive through landscapes you probably would have otherwise missed. Pass by across ancient hills and through mystical forests until you reach the village, and grab a bite to eat at The Junction bistro before embarking on a countryside stroll through the greenery.
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