Spring in the Scottish Highlands is a stunning time when nature wakes up from winter. The air is fresh, the landscapes burst with colours, and the wildlife is thriving. In this post, we'll explore some top places to visit for a Scottish Highland holiday in spring, including the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe, Applecross, and the Outer Hebrides.
The best places for a Scottish Highland Holiday in Spring
The Isle of Skye
Known for its rugged landscapes, dramatic cliffs, and mystical atmosphere, the Isle of Skye is a must-visit in the Scottish Highlands. In spring, the island comes alive with wildflowers covering the hills and cliffs. Check out the Old Man of Storr, Quiraing (pictured), and the Fairy Pools, where the mix of greenery and ancient rock formations is captivating. We also highly recommend a trip to The Coffee Bothy in Broadford for a cake or two!
Famous for its glacial landscapes and steep-sided mountains, Glen Coe is a geological wonder that gets even more special in spring. As the snow melts, the glen turns into a green valley with blooming heather and native plants. Hikers can explore various trails with panoramic views, taking in the essence of spring against the backdrop of peaks like Buachaille Etive Mor. From here you can also visit Fort William, The Glenfinnan Viaduct, and Ben Nevis. It's a great base for hiking, exploring, and simply taking in all the views with a good book!
We can't make a Highland holiday guide and not include our base, Applecross! If you're looking for a slower pace for your holiday with lots of fresh air, good food at the Applecross Inn or Walled Garden, and time to switch off from the world, Applecross is ideal! You've got the Bealach na Bà to travel over, and you can visit other places from here such as Torridon, Shieldaig, or Gairloch. There are plenty of beaches, walks, and wild swimming spots. Of course, no trip is complete without a Gallery visit!👋🏻
The Outer Hebrides
Made up of islands off the northwest coast of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides blends history, culture, and natural beauty. In spring, the Machair—a fertile coastal plain—blooms with wildflowers, creating a beautiful scene along the shores. Visit the Isle of Harris for pristine beaches and the Isle of Lewis for the ancient Callanish Stones. The Outer Hebrides offer a mix of solitude and scenic beauty, making them ideal for those seeking a peaceful escape. If turquoise waters and tranquility (if you get the weather!) are your ideal vibe, this is the place to go!
Before You Go...
Spring in the Scottish Highlands is a time of renewal, and these destinations—Isle of Skye, Glen Coe, Applecross, and the Outer Hebrides—offer a great mix of colours and experiences. Whether you're captivated by the landscapes of Skye, the glen of Glen Coe, the quiet charm of Applecross, or the beauty of the Outer Hebrides, the Scottish Highlands in spring provide a range of natural wonders and unforgettable moments. Wherever you go, we're sure you'll have a wonderful time.