As we all know, it has been a long, long winter! Around Inverness & Loch Ness the first snow fell in the hills back in early November. Now, here we are in April and the snow is still lying thick and deep high up! Great for skiers (all 5 of Scotland’s ski resorts are within 2 hours drive of Inverness). And not so great if all you crave is a bit of spring sun and warmth. But fear not, spring in Scotland is here. The days are much longer, wildlife is stirring and the flora beginning to sprout!
Events this Spring in Scotland
Spring has arrived just in time for the first major event around Loch Ness, Etape Loch Ness on Sunday 29th April. If the weather is as good as last year, the 5,000 cyclists are in for a treat! By the end of April, Scottish wildflowers will be in full bloom. The gorse, with its bright yellow flowers, will be covering hill and road sides. So too will be wild yellow primroses, particularly on the south side of Loch Ness.
Then in May, another great local event takes place on Saturday 12th, namely the Glen Affric Duathlon. This run-bike-run event is a great warm up for those taking part in the Highland Cross this summer. And the surroundings of Glen Affric in spring are truly spectacular.
Spring Nature and Wildlife
Spring is a good time to spot the red squirrel in Scotland. There is a good population of these furry friends in the Inverness and Loch Ness area, which are best seen in the morning and afternoon.
As we move into May, perhaps the best month for Scottish Highlands weather. It is also a wonderful time for colours in the landscape. The trees are green and lush and the woodlands are carpeted with bright bluebells. Wild rhododendrons with their distinctive purple heads are also dominant around Loch Ness.
So, what more do you want? There is a lot look forward this spring in Scotland. See our full list of events and plan a visit to Inverness and Loch Ness in spring!