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    7 Reasons Why You Should Visit Scotland in April

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    By Meike van Krimpen, Content Manager
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    Is April a Good Time to Visit Scotland?

    The shorter answer is YES. Many people come to visit Scotland in the summer months of June, July, and August, but April is also a fantastic time of year to come visit for a multitude of reasons. Here are our top 7:

    1. April is the Driest Month in Scotland
    2. Scotland is Less Busy in April
    3. There are Flowers Everywhere
    4. The Castles are Open Again
    5. It’s a Time of Birth and Rebirth
    6. There are No Midges in April
    7. Opportunity for Stunning Pictures

    All the spring months have something different to offer in Scotland. Find out more about coming in March or May on our spring page.

    Scotland's April Weather

    Dry weather in April

    April is a very mild month in Scotland. Statistically, it’s one of the driest months of the year and average daytime temperatures are a comfortable 9°C. It can get quite sunny in April, with warmer days often coming in 2-3 day-long stretches at a time. The days are notably longer in April than in March. This is due to the recent clock change and naturally lengthening days. Snow still crests the summits in the Highlands, but generally, it no longer falls further down. As noted, April is a (surprisingly) dry month with only 3.5 inches of rainfall on average across the country. 

    *Weather data taken from the metoffice, with averages for the cities of Edinburgh (the capital of Scotland), Glasgow (biggest city in Scotland), Inverness (capital of the Highlands), and Aberdeen (North-East Hub).

    Visit in April to Beat Peak Tourist Season

    Scotland’s tourism season doesn’t really start till the end of May. This means that if you visit in April you can enjoy Scotland without the summer crowds! Venture to the Highlands & Islands and share your views with fewer fellow travellers. Benefits include tourist-free pictures, a better chance of booking the type of room you want to have, or going out for an incredible meal without making a reservation first. In short, with more capacity in the tourism hot spots like the Highlands, Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, and Glasgow; visitors have more flexibility and options if they come in April than in other months.

    There are Flowers Everywhere


    If you love spring flowers, then April is a great time to come to Scotland. The whole country erupts into colour as comely pastels dot the machairs of the west coast and the inland woodland floors are carpeted with bluebells. Yellow is a common sight with the combination of rapeseed flowering in the fields and coconutty gorse growing just about everywhere else.  Immerse yourself in a cornucopia of spring blossoms by visiting a castle garden or city park, or the best place to see an abundance of wildflowers would be at the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The banks of both Loch Katrine and Loch Lomond are lined with ramson, primroses, bluebells, wood sorrel, and wood anemone amongst other flower types.

    Walk along Loch Lomond on our guided and self-guided West Highland Way adventures.

    The Castles are Open Again

    Most castles close their doors to visitors during winter and reopen again around the 1st of April. Therefore, coming in April means you get to take in our magical castles at the start of the season when it’s less busy. Combine your castle trip with a picnic, as many castles will have beautifully maintained public gardens which will be flowering in April. Castles also do renovations or set up new exhibitions over winter, so be one of the first to enjoy the new attractions.

    Have a read of Scotland’s Top 10 Most Dramatic Castles to find the perfect one for you to visit in April.

    It's a Time of Birth and Rebirth 

    Did you know there are more sheep than people in Scotland? This is especially true in April when lambing has commenced and the fields are filled with adorable wobbly-legged lambs. It’s not just frolicking lambs that will melt your heart. Many other animals in Scotland have their young at this time of year like highland cows, stoats, and red squirrels. Importantly, the latter are more difficult to see, and in most cases, visitors are advised to keep a respectful distance.

    There is more than just cute animals being born that’s interesting for wildlife watchers in April. Many birds will return in April to Scotland from warmer climates like puffins, swallows, and osprey. Therefore, keep your eyes to the sky and watch out for large of flocks travelling back to their breeding grounds for summer.

    There are No Midges in April

    No midges in April

    You’ll be glad to learn that the midges don’t come out to play till late May, and the biting kind hatch even later. This means that visiting in April guarantees a midge free experience. As a result, April a great month for hiking, biking, and paddling, with dryer and midge-free forecasts. Read When is the Best Time to Hike in Scotland for more benefits of hiking earlier in the year.

    If you are still concerned about midges have a read of How to Combat the Mighty Midge and The Real Story of this Fearsome Beastie – Your Guide to Midges in Scotland.

    Spring Photography

    spring photography

    PhotoCredit: David Russell, www.highlandwildscapes.com

    Although April can be a challenging time for photographers with the harsher light during the day, there are a couple of reasons why this CAN be an incredible month for photography. Firstly, the golden hours are still accessible. Not too late or early on either end of the day that makes it challenging in winter and summer when it clashes with sleep hours or working times. Secondly, spring’s morning light is absolutely stunning, especially if you manage to capture the morning mists with it as pictured above. Lastly, the changing landscapes are really something to behold and provides interesting contrasts for landscape photographers. Macro-enthusiasts can focus their lenses on the various spring blooms or insect life that’s at it’s busiest this time of year.

    April FAQs

    What is the rainiest month in Scotland? Read More

    The rainiest month in Scotland is October. On average it receives 6.9inches of rainfall, with 18.4 days of rainfall in the month.

    *Weather data taken from the metoffice, with averages for Scotland as a whole.

    Does it snow in Edinburgh in April? Read More

    It’s very rare but it has happened. If it does snow in April it’s either very light and doesn’t stick around, or it’s a freak snowstorm and the whole country is blanketed. Whenever travelling to Scotland you should be prepared with layers and waterproofs. This will help you on the odd chance you find yourself in a snowy environment in Edinburgh in April.

    Temperatures in Scotland in April? Read More

    The average day time temperature in Scotland during April is 9°C, with highs of 12°C and lows of 4°C.

    *Weather data taken from the metoffice, with averages for the cities of Edinburgh (the capital of Scotland) and Inverness (capital of the Highlands), and Aberdeen (North-East Hub).

    What flowers grow in Scotland? Read More

    All sorts of flowers grow in Scotland. The most notable native flowers are Scottish thistles, heather, gorse, bog myrtle, Scottish bluebells, and wood anemone. Have a read of Scottish Flowers to Spot in Spring for more information.

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    April Trips

    TripDatePriceAvailabilityBook
    Arran: Scotland in Miniature1st Apr - 5th Apr 2023£1,0258 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye1st Apr - 7th Apr 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay1st Apr - 7th Apr 2023£1,7853 place(s) leftBook Now
    Mountain Biking - Bike Across Scotland4th Apr - 10th Apr 2023£3,945Trip Full
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands8th Apr - 14th Apr 2023£1,9353 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye8th Apr - 14th Apr 2023£1,9358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles8th Apr - 14th Apr 2023£1,7958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Cairngorms National Park8th Apr - 14th Apr 2023£1,8958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Photography Trip - Skye & The West Highlands12th Apr - 16th Apr 2023£2,05010 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye15th Apr - 21st Apr 2023£1,8358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Road Cycling - Outer Hebrides15th Apr - 21st Apr 2023£2,0958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles15th Apr - 21st Apr 2023£1,7855 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - National Parks of the UK16th Apr - 25th Apr 2023£2,5858 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The West Highland Way17th Apr - 24th Apr 2023£1,79512 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides & Skye22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£1,9654 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The Knoydart Peninsula22nd Apr - 29th Apr 2023£1,8651 place(s) leftBook Now
    Arran: Scotland in Miniature22nd Apr - 26th Apr 2023£1,0257 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - Mull, Staffa and Iona22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£2,0857 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - The Orkney Islands22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£1,9555 place(s) leftBook Now
    Mountain Biking - The Hebridean Trail22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£2,1758 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Cairngorms National Park & Royal Deeside22nd Apr - 28th Apr 2023£1,5956 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - The Scottish Highlands22nd Apr - 27th Apr 2023£1,5658 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - England Coast to Coast23rd Apr - 5th May 2023£3,5958 place(s) leftBook Now
    Open Canoeing - River Spey Descent24th Apr - 27th Apr 2023£5957 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Scottish Highlands29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,7358 place(s) leftBook Now
    Open Canoeing - Great Glen Canoe Trail29th Apr - 4th May 2023£8758 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Outer Hebrides: Uists, Barra and Mingulay29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,8355 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Wilds of Assynt29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,7758 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wildlife Adventures - The Shetland Isles29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,8356 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - Introduction Course29th Apr - 3rd May 2023£8755 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Isle of Skye29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,8856 place(s) leftBook Now
    Sea Kayaking - The Isle of Mull29th Apr - 4th May 2023£1,6757 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - High Points of the Outer Hebrides29th Apr - 6th May 2023£1,9657 place(s) leftBook Now
    Wilderness Walking - Argyll & the Isles29th Apr - 5th May 2023£1,8355 place(s) leftBook Now

    Meet the Author: Meike van Krimpen

    “Having grown up travelling across the world I've developed an addiction to all things spice and to travel! When it was time to go to university I wandered off to Scotland for a new adventure and now 10+ years later I've not managed to leave yet. Scotland's welcoming culture, beautiful scenery and a Scottish man captured my heart. Moving to Scotland has made me develop a passion for the outdoors and I love heading out for an explore.”

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