Picture Perfect Places To Enjoy This Spring


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With the days getting longer and the prospect of warmer weather on the horizon, we take a look and some beautiful and quirky places to enjoy spring in Scotland.

Cambo Estate

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Known for its abundance of Snowdrops, the gardens at Cambo Estate in Fife are beautiful all year round but especially in spring. The estate’s annual Snowdrop Festival is on now until Sunday (10-5pm), and includes woodland walks, visits to the on site piglets and ponies and a chance to have some fun in the play area.

For those looking for garden inspiration there’s plant shop bursting with snowdrops and more. And the grounds are dog-friendly, making this a great day out for all the family.

Balcaskie Estate and Gardens

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Another stop in the East Neuk, this time at the picturesque Balcaskie Estate, which boasts wonderful gardens with terraces and vistas inspired by French Baroque gardens.

This years openings of Balcaskie house gardens will take place in the spring as part of the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Fife spring trails in April and May.

For foodies looking for some seasonal produce, the estate is near Bowhouse Market – a monthly food and drink fair where producers can showcase their wares. The next market is this weekend – 9th and 10th March – and will focus on new beginnings with charity partner Marie Curie. Visitors in March can expect micro greens and edible flowers from The Wright Root, Woodmill Game, Arbroath Quality Fish, and wood-fired sourdough from the Wild Hearth bakery, made using grains grown at Bowhouse by Scotland the Bread.

Balloch Castle Park

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While sadly the castle may not be accessible, a trip to this expansive park is worth it for the views alone. With various walks, extensive woodlands and a walled garden, the vista from the main path over Loch Lomond is picture perfect, even in the rain!

An ideal family day out, be sure to look for the occasional sea plane taking off or landing on the Loch.

Bluebell Woods

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There’s many places to Scotland to enjoy the wonderful sea of colour created by blankets of bluebells. But with such a short time to catch a glimpse – they only flower from April, with the season reaching its peak in May – now is a good time to start planning walks to some of the country’s best places to see them.

The Woodland Trust has a big bluebell watch scheme, and also documents the best places to see the blooms including the Fairy Glen in Rosmarkie in the Highlands, Glen Finglas (Brig ‘o’ Turk) Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and Glasdrum Wood, Oban, Argyll & Bute.

Sandend Bay

With so many picture perfect beaches in Scotland, it’s hard to choose just one. But the tranquility and seclusion of Sandend Bay on the Moray Coast makes it one for the bucket list.

Not only is it beautiful, the beach is within walking distance to the Glenglassaugh Distillery, one of Scotland’s few coastal whisky distilleries, and the famed Portsoy ice cream shop found within the Post Office in the town.

Glen Grant Gardens

If mixing whisky with beautiful scenery is an ideal spring outing then a trip to the Glen Grant distillery in Rothes is a must. Open for tours seven days a week from April, it is the distillery’s Victorian gardens with their abundance of apple trees, expansive lawns, bubbling steam and pagoda that sets this visit apart.

Visitors can follow a path as it winds its way up the garden passing glorious flowerbeds and lawns. It then crisscrosses a stream and leads to a little cave where Major Grant kept his own private Glen Grant barrel. If the weather permits, post tour whisky tastings can be done outside at the quirky barrel seating. Cheers!

Pheasant Cottage

Indulge in some Instagram worthy views at this charming, dog-friendly cottage in Pertshire. Renovated in 2017 by owners Jen and Robert, the three bedroom self-catering holiday home is within a short drive to Dunkeld and the beautiful Hermitage – perfect for a Sunday stroll.

With a Scandi interior style, the open-plan kitchen/living room over looks the nearby hills, and the secluded location (near Grandtully) makes this an ideal break for those looking to escape the every day hustle and bustle.

Rosalind Erskine

I write features and web articles for No.1 Magazine on everything from interiors and homes to beauty, fashion and food and drink.