Our last blog focussed on the wonderful reasons to take the time to come up to visit the beautiful and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. The outdoors alone has so much to offer tourists and holidaymakers, whether you are on a family short break, a Hen Party weekend with a difference or a sporting holiday with your closest friends. Make the most out of your stay by visiting the Highlands in spring.
There is nothing like seeing the transition of the Aldourie Estate from winter to spring when the bold yellow daffodils appear amidst a sea of green parkland. The Highlands are home to some of Scotland’s – if not the UK’s – most unusual and eclectic flora from rare orchids to wild alpine and blooming heather to name but a few. The strikingly bold bluebell and the pretty and delicate wood anemone create a spray of beautiful colour that transforms the Scottish Highland hills from barren, wild countryside to rolling meadows that belong in picture books. All this beauty awakens the senses of Scotland’s wildlife; butterflies can be seen everywhere and floral life begins once more from March and April (or whenever the temperatures hit above the 6 degree mark). So, really, is there a better time than spring in Scotland to book a holiday on Loch Ness?
Yes, there are many throughout the Highlands and they are open all year round but there’s something about visiting a whisky distillery in spring that tickles the taste buds. Walking from production room to warehouse to shop floor is no fun in the icy temperatures of winter when the temperamental winds chase you around corners and heavy rain descends just before you are taken into the cold cellars. Brrr! Likewise, in summer the best place to be is outside not in the steamy temperatures of the fermenting room. Spring, however, is a happy compromise and enjoying a dram of local scotch in front of the fire once the sun has gone down is one of the Highlands’ life’s many little luxuries.
Event calendar is in bloom
Some great traditional Scottish events take place in the highlands in spring including the Aviemore and Cairngorms Walking and Mountain Festival, the Arran Wildlife Festival, and the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival; all in May and each featuring traditional Scottish elements making you feel completely at home in the Scottish Highlands.
If that’s not enough variety the Highland Games, combining sport, fun and culture, take places every weekend starting from May. Find a local Highland Games event in any one of the many towns and villages during your short break on Loch Ness. Bagpipes, drums and Highland dancing are just a few forms of entertainment on offer at a Highland Games event.
From food and drink festivals to folk festivals, comedy events to the celebration of science; couples and families have a wealth of activities to choose from to make the most of their holiday in Scotland’s majestic Highlands.
Aldourie Estate cottages
Enjoy all this and more at our very own cottages located in their own private hideaways throughout the Aldourie Estate. Holiday cottages provide the most ideal base from which to explore the Highlands during your short break or holiday in Scotland. Inside their cosy rooms you can sit and plan your week or weekend break and after a day of exploring the beauty and tasting the culture of the Scottish Highlands can again relax in front of the log burning fireplace to re-encounter the events of the day.