With temperatures beginning to rise and the longer days setting in, there’s no doubt that spring has finally arrived. From fresh blooms and the much anticipated arrival of new wildlife, the first signs of the new season are bursting across Scotland.
Overnight rail service Caledonian Sleeper has rounded up some of the perfect places to spot Scotland’s wonderful nature and fascinating wildlife this spring. A sure sign of the season are the stunning bluebell meadows that carpet the Scottish woodlands and fields. The most spectacular bluebells can be found in broadleaved woodlands where trees are spread wide apart to allow lots of natural light to reach the ground. The Clyde Valley Woodlands National Nature Reserve near Glasgow is a perfect place to find meadows full of bluebells and discover Scotland’s oldest and richest forest hidden in the valley’s dramatic gorges.
Along with bluebells, a wealth of flower and plant species can be seen covering the outdoors, including the iconic daffodil, cherry blossom and snowdrop. Many of these blushing blooms can not only be seen in the countryside, but also in more central locations such as cascading down from Edinburgh’s Castle Rock into Princes Street Gardens and Pollock Country Gardens in Glasgow.
New born lambs are one of the most eagerly awaited signs of spring. There’s always an abundance of lambs gambolling across the Scottish countryside and the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands is a good place to start. On nearby Leault Farm, located seven miles from Aviemore, you can get up close to the fluffy creatures and try your hand at bottle-feeding orphan lambs and sheep shearing.
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The National Park is also home to a range of native species throughout the spring season, including the Osprey, the rare Capercaillie and the Scottish Crossbill and Crested Tit.
Celebrate the beginning of spring and unearth Scotland’s awe-inspiring outdoors and wildlife with Caledonian Sleeper.