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Springtime in Scotland

April 2016

Easter is just around the corner and that can mean only one thing: springtime is officially here. Hurrah! Embrace the onset of longer days and milder temperatures and get out and about in Scotland just as nature is emerging from the dregs of winter.

Whether on your own or setting out with the grandkids, there are so many great adventures to be had in Scotland. It’s hard to put together a shortlist of essential springtime experiences, but we think we’ve managed it.

Here are some of the ways you and your family can make the most of spring.

Read more about family holidays in Scotland.

Police House, Pollok Country park, Glasgow.
Photo by VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Glorious gardens, perfect parks

The sun is finally out, a gentle breeze is in the air, trees are turning green and flowers are coming into bloom. Savour the delights of spring in Scotland’s finest parks and gardens. Lose yourself in 70 acres of horticultural splendour at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh or take younger companions to meet the Highland coos at Pollok Country Park.

Read more about Scotland’s beautiful natural spaces.

Hit the sweet spot

You’re never too old for a sweet treat. Head to the Cocoa Bean Company in Kirkcudbright and try your hand at the art of chocolate-making. Or why not have an ice-cream at Cream o’ Galloway just outside Gatehouse of Fleet? Take it from us – the cranachan flavour is simply divine.

Looking over parkland to Scone Palace - a 19C castle.
hoto by VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

To the manor born

There are few better ways to spend a spring day than at one of Scotland’s exquisite stately homes and estates. Grown-ups can enjoy the rarefied ambience and soak up centuries of history while younger visitors can explore sprawling grounds and enjoy activities ranging from Easter egg hunts to dressing up. Popular picks include Paxton House Gallery and Country Park and Traquair House, in the Scottish Borders, Haddo House in Aberdeenshire and Scone Palace near Perth.

The Kelpies at The Helix

Photo by VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Down by the water

One of the best ways to take in the countryside at this time of year is on riverside walks and gentle canal boat rides. Breathe in the sweet spring air as you soak up the marvellous scenery and peace and quiet. If you haven’t been to see Andy Scott’s The Kelpies near Falkirk yet, try to fit in a visit this spring to admire these jaw-dropping horse sculptures.

Houseboats on The Union Canal by the Falkirk Wheel
Photo by VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

Hopefully we’ve given you one or two ideas. Share your snaps with VisitScotland on their social channels Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and show us what brought out the #ScotSpirit in you this spring.

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