Visiting Scotland in April 2021

Expect to see lambs if visiting Scotland in April 2021

If you are thinking of visiting Scotland in April 2021  here are some ideas that should be on your Wishlist.  Firstly lets’  hope we are all released from lockdown enough to be out at the end of April and out and about enjoying some new experiences and new places in person and not just virtually.

Some of the ideas below are my own experiences and photos of April in Scotland. If as planned we are all allowed to travel by the end of April no doubt we will all be keen to be out and about exploring and that is exactly what visiting Scotland in April 2021 is perfect for.

The UK has had a hard long drawn out Winter this year so we are all ready for a better April 2021. In this part of Scotland having had such heavy snowfall on the Mountains this year we are going to see full, fast-flowing Rivers this month. So if you enjoy walking along spectacular Rivers watching flowing waters definitely visit the River Findhorn or even take a raft trip down it. You will really appreciate how the gorges have been shaped over the years by this river.

White water rafting

Alternatively, visit the Dee when driving through Ballater or Braemar or visit the huge fast-flowing River Spey with the Cairngorm Mountains in the background if exploring Aberlour village.  Truly fabulous nature at work.The River Dee

Visiting Scotland in April 2021 starts off with a much appreciated early Easter Break. Sadly we have to remain closed for Easter and as we all know only too well many of our normal Easter activities will be shelved. However, we have one local attraction that I always associate with Easter and that is Brodie Castle.  Brodie Castle attracts visitors from all over the world to view its exceptional collection of specialist Daffodils.

Started by Major Ian Brodie, 24th Laird of Brodie and clan chieftain, who began tinkering with daffodils in 1899 at his ancestral castle home first cross-breeding from around 49 different bulbs. Almost immediately his experimentation had to be put on hold after joining the Lovat Scouts in 1900 to fight in the Second Boer War.Daffodils at Brodie Castle if visiting Scotland in April 2021

However, Major Brodie persevered and bred over 400 named cultivars of which 116 can be seen today in the National Collection at Brodie Castle. And well worth noting that the UK still produces 90% of the world’s cut daffodils and exports to Europe and the USA and many of these may well have originated in this corner of Scotland. If you looking for something new, Spring-like and fabulous definitely add Brodie Castle grounds to your list.

But once again this is Spring in Scotland so the best Scottish motto you can rely on is to be prepared!  Spring could be early or late – certainly later than the rest of the UK. We could just as easily have early Sunshine or Snow Flurries. Who knows? However, it is always fun to look out for snowdrops and newly emerging leaves on the trees. One sign I always look for is newborn lambs can be seen in the fields with their Mums and add to the countryside vista of everything re-inventing itself again.

However, Scotland offers something for everyone so the simple pleasures of being outdoors are there are for everyone to enjoy. Check out the seals on the beach, take a long winding walk or sit and watch a pretty burn in the sunlight, watch the ewes looking after their lambs.

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Early Spring often brings out the bright yellow on the Gorse bushes that are everywhere in Scotland. Tending to grow on poor soil their bight yellow flowers lift the landscape. Try picking the flowers and turn them into a coconut-like flavoured ice-cream.Visiting Scotland in April 2021 4

If you looking further afield you might be thinking of driving the unique North Coast 500 Route and exploring Scotland’s most northerly scenery and so you should.

Some people prefer to travel when the weather is more guaranteed and there are more daylight hours.

Many of our guests use us as a starting or finishing point to their trip and take an extra few days to explore our local surrounding area or visit their favourite whisky distillery – there are at least 50 to choose from so there is one for every taste.

So if travel to Scotland in April 2021 is allowed please use the above information for ideas on things to do. If you are looking for the best bed and breakfast accommodation you can find from May 17th onwards which is when we will be open then you will find the best room rates by booking directly via our website. Stay 3 nights and the room rate gets even better!

Then sit back relax and enjoy a spectacular Scottish Sunset.

 

Enjoy April everyone – at least it brings us closer to Summer.

 

Scottish Sunset through a window