It’s time to start planning what you’ll do in Edinburgh in the spring. It’s time to put away the winter knits, get outside, and enjoy spring here as the days and nights grow longer and lighter. Here are our best recommendations for things to do in Edinburgh this spring.
1. Take a stroll through a tunnel of cherry trees
Make sure to visit the Meadows if you’re in Edinburgh between late April and early May. A number of the trails in this well-liked picnic area behind the main campus of Edinburgh University are lined with cherry blossom trees. It feels like you are traveling through a big pink tunnel when the trees are in full bloom.
Trees in The Meadows with cherry blossoms. Daniela Frendo took the picture.
Along Princes Street, there are cherry blossom trees as well. You might try taking a picture of Edinburgh Castle with gorgeous pink flowers in the background.
2. Visit Royal Botanic Gardens
There is simply no better time to visit our renowned Royal Botanic Gardens than in the spring when you can view the blooming of the white snowdrops, pink magnolias, and vivid yellow daffodils (and provide the perfect backdrop for those Instagram shots). A mile outside the city center, it’s a fantastic place to reconnect with nature and take in expansive views of Edinburgh’s skyline.
3. Check out an outdoor market to shop and eat
Want to see Edinburgh the way a local would? Then, this spring, you must visit one of the city’s outdoor markets. You’ll enjoy looking around the independent shops selling anything from one-of-a-kind artworks and crafts to delectable street food, and you might even find something to remember your trip by buying.
Ask our helpful staff for instructions if you’re unsure where to go; they’ll be pleased to point you toward the most well-known markets, which can be found in Grassmarket, Stockbridge, and Leith.
4. Leave for a hike
Even though you’ll still need to stay warm, who doesn’t enjoy spending a crisp spring day outdoors? Gather some companions from the hostel or some friends, fill your bag with good treats, and set off on one of Edinburgh’s many trails. For hikers of all skill levels, Edinburgh offers a variety of possibilities, from the Pentland Hills to our famed Arthur’s Seat.
We advise going to Calton Hill if you’re seeking a shorter stroll and an excellent spot to watch the sunset over the city. From the city center, it is conveniently accessible and provides really stunning views of Edinburgh’s skyline.
5. Calton Hill’s daffodils are worth a look
Want to take some incredible Instagram-worthy photos? If you’re visiting Edinburgh in March, be sure to take a stroll up Calton Hill to get some beautiful pictures of the daffodils in bloom. Please stay on the path to prevent damaging the flowers.
6. Ride a bicycle tour
Rent a bike and ride along the Water of Leith or the Union Canal if you want to cycle and want to explore a less touristy side of Edinburgh. A bright spring day is ideal for biking about Edinburgh. But, avoid using the bike paths between 4-6 pm, when commuters are using them to head home from work.
7. Explore the Hermitage of Braid by hiking
The greatest season for trekking in Edinburgh is spring. The Hermitage of Braid is one of the city’s many lovely walking pathways, and it’s my personal favorite. There are numerous walking paths throughout this wildlife reserve. For sweeping views of the city, climb Blackford Hill or take a stroll along the stream while hiking.
8. Along the Water of Leith, stroll
A tiny river called the Water of Leith flows through the city. A promenade that follows the river passes through Dean Village and Stockbridge, two of Edinburgh’s most charming neighborhoods.
You can begin your stroll in Dean Village and end it in Leith, where you can eat lunch and sip a cool beverage by the water. Though it occasionally becomes rocky and muddy, the walk is generally smooth. The herons may be visible on a pleasant spring day.
9. The swans, please!
In Edinburgh, springtime seems to be the cygnet season. Between May and June, it’s typical to see baby swans. These adorable critters can be seen around the Union Canal and the Water of Leith. Swans can be seen taking a swim in the small pond in Inverleith Park.
10. Beach walks
Portobello Beach is a bustling place in the spring, with families building sandcastles on sunny afternoons and dog walkers, runners, and cyclists using the prom for morning runs.
Another choice is Cramond Beach, which offers a forest hike to Cramond Waterfall or, if the sea is out, to Cramond Island. East Lothian and The Kingdom of Fife both feature gorgeous beaches that are about an hour away from the city if you can travel further.