With domestic travel will opening up on the 17th it looks like enjoying May 2021 in Scotland is going to be possible for so many people all keen to getaway. None of us like wearing masks, well I don’t anyway so now is the perfect time to grab your partner and take that trip to explore some socially distanced and outdoors Scotland.
Whether you are looking for a road trip, mountain climbing, beach walking, castle visiting we have it all. It doesn’t matter if life is not back to normal, Scotland offers space and social distancing to everyone. May in Scotland means the countryside is waking up, there is new growth on the trees. Did you know Moray is one of the most heavily forested counties in the UK so this means the countryside is dressed in green but you still get tantalising views of rivers and mountains that are easily obscured when the trees are in full dress in all their green leaves?
Castle Visiting – May 2021 in Scotland
At least we have now had all had a year to get used to pandemic planning so everyone is now better prepared for re-opening. So for those of you keen to enjoy slow tourism and social distancing the brilliant news that Historic Environment Scotland is already opening up their stunning properties earlier than last year makes May in Scotland the perfect opportunity to do some off the beaten track exploring.
I can only speak for myself but Scotland is so full of so many stunning historical buildings and when we have time to explore as tourists we all tend to stick to all the well-known sites. However, take my advice and find the time to slow down and spend more time castle visiting or check out the lesser-known sites. The true Scot in me loves the fact that many of these are free and because they are quieter or maybe because I have more time to reflect I think they are more evocative. Examples I could include here are Spynie Palace and Rait Castle.
Spynie Castle was used by the Bishops of Moray before Elgin Cathedral was built. Even Elgin Cathedral itself is driven past and often not visited by people. Spynie Palace being well and truly off the beaten track and hugely historic and relaxing is well worth the visit.
Likewise, Rait Castle is a comparatively small Castle ruins situated not far from Cawdor Castle. Hard to find and most likely you will be the only visitors your visit is still worthwhile for the Castle building and tranquil location. All this in spite of the rather macabre story relating to the Laird’s daughter whose Father cut off her hands so not surprisingly she supposedly haunts the Castle to this day. There are three Castles close together here Cawdor, Rait and the private Castle of Kilvarock. Interlinked with the same family names that exist today and some similar appearance.
However, Historic Environment Scotland can influence your choice of buildings to visit from obscure Bell Tower to Highland Forts and so much more. Just in our area alone, there is a choice of 55 locations or more.
Other benefits of May 2021 in Scotland
This brings us back to the fact that this year it will be both easier and possible to enjoy May in Scotland. Traditionally this time of year is low or shoulder season not just in Scotland but in many parts of the World. Therefore expect fewer crowds but expect businesses to be up and running. Take the time to absorb Scottish history in more depth such as Culloden Battlefield or the scenery such as Loch Ness.
Enjoy some of the fresh local produce Scotland is famous for but most of all spend some time slowing down and experiencing May 2021 in Scotland.