There is a misconception that summer is the only time to visit Scotland because of the cold temperatures and wild landscapes but this is not the case. This nation is a year-round destination and spring happens to be one of the best times to visit because the attractions start opening their doors, the winter landscape comes alive, the temperature improves and the majority of tourists have not yet arrived.
There are many iconic images of Scotland but one of the most common has to be rugged wilderness of the highlands. This is nation with an array of natural landscapes and spring is when it comes to life as the flowers bloom to make country walks more colourful and vibrant and new life returns to the forests and the farms. The latter can be experienced first-hand during the lambing season at the Museum of Rural Life in East Kilbride. Additionally, flocks of birds return to the country's many nature reserves and vast coastline during the spring migration. This makes the season ideal for ornithologists looking for a break with a difference in any year, however, 2013 is the 'Year of Natural Scotland' and there are many special events being planned to celebrate. One of these is the month long "Wild Goose Chase" in Dumfries and Galloway, which should be both entertaining and educational.
While there are sure to be more highlights than usual this coming spring; visitors should not overlook the potential of the cities during these months - especially the historical city of Edinburgh. Here families and solo travellers alike can enjoy a packed week as they explore the urban side of Scotland. For some this will mean shopping but for others it will be a chance to explore the many attractions. One particular highlight has to be the infamous castle, whose summer timetable begins at the start of April so you can enjoy all the benefits without the large, summer crowds. Should the possible April showers dampen the week and your holiday spirit, there are always plenty of museums and galleries to enjoy for free. Glasgow also has its fair share of indoor attractions as well as river cruises and scores of parks and gardens
There is more to this country in spring than just wildlife spectacles and family-friendly attractions; there are also plenty of cultural events to enjoy. Many people just think of the Hogmanay and summer's Edinburgh Fringe but there is plenty to entertain visitors between March and the end of May: March 9th sees Scotland's last home game in the Six Nations at Murrayfield; March 14th to 31st is the Glasgow Comedy Festival, where some of the UK's top names will be performing. The Edinburgh Playhouse hosts high-end shows and musicals throughout the year and, if you choose to have a vacation after May 13th, you can experience a culture of another kind by taking a steam train over the Glenfinnan viaduct to recreate the magic of the journey to Hogwarts.
In short, by visiting Scotland in spring you can be sure of having a fun-packed holiday whether you choose a city or the countryside and you can enjoy all the festivities and attractions without the hassle of summer price rises and crowds.
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