Edinburgh and its surrounding area really bloom in the springtime. The city plays host to several festivals and the surrounding countryside comes to life with crops, flowers and animals, making the spring months an exciting time to visit. The city itself is particularly beautiful at this time of year as it fills with flowers. Cherry blossoms in the Meadows fill the air with their sweet unmistakeable scent, daffodils lead the way up to the castle and crocuses, snowdrops and tulips poke their heads above ground, brightening up the city and transforming it into a colourful springtime wonderland.
Edinburgh’s beach, Portobello, starts getting busier at this time of year too with people hitting the promenade to enjoy a spring walk, fish and chips and an ice cream or two. The walks along the Water of Leith walkway become even more popular as people visit the attractions like the National Gallery of Modern Art or the Botanical Gardens along the way, perhaps stopping at one of the pubs on the shore to enjoy a pub lunch before continuing along the walkway, discovering some of Leith’s pretty hidden gardens.
If you fancy a springtime trip to this fine Scottish city, here are some ‘must see’s’ to add to your itinerary:
Visit the Farmer’s Market
You won’t get food fresher than at the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market. Held every Saturday from 9am until 2pm on the Castle Terrace, it’s not to be missed during a trip to Edinburgh, especially in spring when the produce is so varied. Over 55 local producers can be found at the market and you’ll find the perfect ingredients for a leisurely picnic at the Meadows right here. One such producer is Bakery Andante, the makers of fine artisan breads and sandwiches, just perfect to pop in your picnic basket. You’ll also find pies, soups, handmade chocolates, delicious cakes and pastries, olives, chilli jams and chutneys and even some locally produced fruit juices and wines.
Beltane Fire Festival
Marking the beginning of summer, this ancient Gaelic festival was brought back to life in the 80’s and has gained huge popularity since. Join hundreds of other festival goers up on Carlton Hill as you watch the May Queen and the Green Man welcome summer as they light the huge bonfire. With over 300 performers, a huge procession which starts at the National Monument, a stage performance, dancing, drinking and feasting, it’s a wonderful evening to be a part of. You’ll even get to watch the handfasting ceremonies of members of the Beltane Fire Festival Society who want to take that step in their relationship. A truly unique and memorable celebration which says goodbye to spring and welcomes in the summer.
Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, with so many attractions and activities to enjoy during spring, or any time of year – you certainly won’t regret taking a holiday here. Book into one of the centrally located and great value Travelodge hotels in Edinburgh and enjoy spending a few days enjoying all that it has to offer. From the unusual festivals to the stunning parks and open spaces, along with the fascinating history and architecture of the city, you won’t be disappointed.