Visiting Scotland in May

Visiting Scotland in May

For many people, visiting Scotland in May is a dream come true. This is the best time to see as you will likely experience some of the best Scottish weather, fewer crowds, the same incredible scenery, and much to do.

Whether you are looking for a road trip, mountain climbing, beach walking, or castle visiting, we have it all. It doesn’t matter if life is not back to normal yet; Scotland offers space and social distancing to everyone. May in Scotland means the countryside is waking up, and new growth in the trees, castles and attractions are open.

Did you know Moray is one of the most heavily forested counties in the UK? This means the countryside is vibrant green, but you still get tantalising views of rivers and mountains that would otherwise be invisible when the trees bloom. Ask me for the best river walks with views you will not get during Summer.

Weather in May in Scotland

My motto when travelling anywhere is to be prepared, including that other old chestnut of taking layers with you!! That might have been written for Scotland. Seriously, though, expect average maximum temperatures to range from approximately seven °C (45°F) to 13 °C (55°F). May is a beautiful time to visit, with daffodils, bluebells, and rhododendrons blooming. With vibrant wildlife and a milder breeze, plenty of activities exist.

Castle Visiting

I can only speak for myself, but as Scotland is full of so many stunning historical buildings, we all tend to stick to all the well-known sites when we have time to explore as tourists. However, please take my advice and find the time to slow down and spend more time visiting or checking out the lesser-known sites. The faithful 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. I could include Spynie Palace, Rait Castle, and my new favourite, Auchindoun.Spynie Palace

The Bishops of Moray used the majestic Spynie Castle before Elgin Cathedral existed. Even Elgin Cathedral is so often driven past and frequently not visited by people, which is a mistake. Spynie Palace, being well and truly off the beaten track, is hugely historic and relaxing, so it is well worth the time to see.

Likewise, Rait Castle is a comparatively small Castle ruin not far from Cawdor Castle. Hard to find, and most likely, you will be the only visitor; your visit is still worthwhile for the Castle building and tranquil location, not to mention the views. All this despite 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. Three Castles are close together here: Cawdor, Rait and the private Castle of Kilvarock. These Castles include the same family names we see today and are similar.

Cawdor Castle in Scotland

However, Historic Environment Scotland can influence your choice of buildings to visit, from obscure Bell Towers to Highland Forts and so much more. In our area alone, there are 55 locations or more.

What else happens in Scotland in May

Early May starts with the International Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival at the beginning of May, a true celebration of all things whisky.

For those visiting mid-month, you have the fantastic opportunity to enjoy the first Highland Games of the year at Gordon Castle. If you see mid-month, skip over to Gordon Castle and spend a wonderful day enjoying these special events.

Guest Blogger Spot

Blervie House Guest and Dog on benchHello, everyone; it is my turn to make my contribution. My name is Frank, and I am Buddy’s full brother. My Mum says I have special needs, but what she means is I am exceptional. I am so special that some of my fans have taken photos of me and mentioned me on Trip Advisor.

I tend to act as the main greeter, letting everyone know you have arrived. I used to have a brilliant Tartan Bow Tie collar. However, Buddy kept chewing it off me, so now I have to stay in my harness because Mum says there is not enough money in my piggy bank to keep buying me new collars; I think she is just exhibiting Scottish thrift.

I love meeting new people and am happy to play with you in the garden or sit on the garden furniture with you for cuddles. What I don’t like is when you leave, sometimes I get unfortunate when I watch my favourite guests leave. Luckily, my charm is so all-encompassing that many of my favourite guests return. So that is a short introduction. Next time, I will tell you how I got to be called Frank, and in the meantime, I look forward to seeing you soon.

Other benefits of visiting Scotland in May

Traditionally, this time of year is low or shoulder season in Scotland and many parts of the World. Therefore, expect fewer crowds, but businesses are open and keen to engage. Take the time to slow down and deeply absorb Scottish history, such as the Culloden Battlefield or the scenery of Loch Ness.

Enjoy some of the fresh local produce Scotland is famous for, but most of all, relax and enjoy and feel grateful for the opportunity to spend time in Scotland and return home, planning to return!




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