Wondering what spring in Edinburgh is like?
Well, there are days when you can bask in the sun in one of Edinburgh’s beautiful gardens, while on others you are stuck inside waiting out the rain. However, one thing I’ve learnt since moving to Edinburgh is that the rain here doesn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. People still flock to festivals and outdoor events when it rains (and pours).
From taking photos of Here are some of the best things to do in Edinburgh in spring.
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1. Watch the rugby at a pub during the Six Nations season (February/March)
If you want to experience a slice of local culture, head to the pub when a rugby game is on. The Six Nations Championship is a series of rugby games that takes place every year, normally spread over the months of February and March. The participating nations are Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Italy and France.
One of the competitions in the tournament is the Calcutta Cup, in which Scotland play against England. On even years, the game is hosted at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh and is attended by thousands of exuberant fans. You can watch the game at many pubs and bars across Edinburgh.
2. Participate in a pagan rite at the Beltane Fire Festival (April)
Edinburgh’s Beltane Fire Festival is possibly the most amazing event you will ever experience. On the eve of May 1 (or Beltane), a modern re-interpretation of a pagan rite, which signifies the arrival of summer, is played out on Calton Hill.
The main event at the festival is a procession led by the May Queen, the Green Man, and an entourage of hooded drummers, naked dancers and fire jugglers.
For more information about the Beltane Fire Festival, including safety tips and advice, check out this post.
3. Discover something new at the International Science Festival (April)
Edinburgh’s annual International Science Festival is a celebration of creativity and innovation. The festival is packed with educational events focused on a particular theme in the world of science and technology. The venues are spread across the city, and are targeted at both children and adults.
4. Treat your taste buds during Whisky Month (May)
May is Whisky Month in Scotland, which means whisky lovers can indulge in various events centred around Scotland’s favourite drink, including tasting sessions or distillery visits.
Recommended Whisky Tour: The Whisky Masterclass Experience is perfect for whisky enthusiasts who want to learn more about the art of blending while sampling different whiskies.
5. Walk through a tunnel of Cherry Blossom Trees (May)
Cherry Blossom trees add more beauty to a place. If you’re visiting Edinburgh between late April – late May, head to the Meadows; a large park and popular picnic area just behind the main Edinburgh University campus. The paths that cut across the park are lined with Cherry Blossom trees, and when they’re in full bloom each path turns into one long pink tunnel.
You can also find a few other Cherry Blossom trees along Princes Street, where you can snap a photo of Edinburgh Castle framed by beautiful pink and white flowers.
6. Explore the Royal Botanic Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden is possibly my favourite place in Edinburgh. Packed with a rich variety of exotic plants and trees, the botanic garden is a slice of paradise in the heart of the city. It is easy to get lost in the garden – it’s a bit like a maze with many hidden paths and areas.
Pack some snacks and just spend the afternoon reading a book in the sun, or have lunch at The Terrace Cafe.
7. Take photos of the daffodils on Castle Hill (March)
Want to get some amazing Insta-shots? If you’re in Edinburgh in March, make sure you walk up Castle Hill to get some lovely photos of the daffies in full bloom.
Please try to stick to the path so as not to destroy the flowers.
8. Go on a cycling tour
While Edinburgh is not exactly a bike-friendly city, there are quite a few nice cycling routes in the city. If you enjoy cycling and want to see a non-touristy side of Edinburgh, rent a bike and cycle along the Water of Leith or the Union Canal.
A nice sunny day in spring is perfect for exploring Edinburgh by bike. However, try to avoid using the cycling routes between 4-6pm, as they’re busy with commuters on their way home from work.
Recommendation: Baja Bikes offer amazing bike tours in Edinburgh, where you get to see the city’s landmarks as well as some hidden gems. They also offer bike rental services.
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