Scotland is a fabulous year-round holiday destination. Yes, it’s colder than other parts of the UK, but that’s part of the appeal for visitors seeking to enjoy winter sports. Many of them head for the Cairngorms, where it’s cold and snowy and where they can enjoy ice-climbing, skiing and pitting themselves against the freezing mountain peaks. Who knows? You might even spot the only known reindeer in the British Isles. The frozen landscape is absolutely stunning, too!
Scotland in Spring
Spring is a key time for anglers to visit Scotland, as this is when the famous Scottish salmon start their upstream swim. Salmon fishermen tend to congregate around the River Tweed, but there are also plenty of trout, pike and other fish available on the Spey, Tay or Dee. If you prefer a more private fishing experience, there are lochs and rivers all around the country – and there’s great sea fishing too.
Spring, summer and autumn are great times to enjoy Scotland’s famous natural beauty – there are exquisite views almost everywhere you look, whether you are near a city or out in the wild. East Lothian has more than its fair share of castles, lochs and glens – it’s a great location to get holiday snaps that will make your friends jealous. Scotland is a walker-friendly country and there are hiking trails almost everywhere. If you’re feeling really fit, consider taking the West Highland Way. Cyclists and mountain bikers can also enjoy some of the unspoilt trails.
Water Sports in Scotland
Summer’s the best time for water sports. You can sail, kayak and more on the lochs. Options on offer include power boating, diving, canoeing, paddle boarding, water skiing, wind surfing and white water rafting. Whatever your thrill level you can find a water sport to set the adrenaline pumping.
Watching the Wildlife
All year round, you can also enjoy the famous Scottish wildlife. Depending on where you are, you might see rare species (of both animals and plants) or simply squirrels, deer, hares and lots and lots of birds. If you’re a bird lover, it’s worth genning up on Scottish species before you go – you never know what you will see.
Scottish History and Food
And of course, all year round you can also enjoy famous Scottish dishes and visit well-known attractions like castles, museums and historic sites. So no matter what time of year you visit Scotland, you will always have something fun to do.
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Emma Ross is writing for Embrace Scotland, a leading provider of self catering holidays in Scotland.