April and May are a great time to take a motorhome holiday in Scotland and the UK. So why not Spring Break with Lowland Motorhome Hire!
Our days get longer…
You can start to truly take advantage of longer daylight hours due to the clocks ‘springing’ forward an hour at the end of March. It is the first glimpse that Summer is just around the corner. It is a much-loved feeling in Scotland. We are restricted to limited daylight hours in Winter, so we seem to come alive in Spring AND our weather starts to warm up.
As you know, there are many public holidays in April and May. Fancy a break from the norm? Hire a motorhome and roam free.
If you haven’t considered a spring holiday getaway before, don’t take our word for it, here are some reasons why April and May are a great time to take a Motorhome holiday/road trip!
April is generally a very ‘mild’ month in Scotland.
It is statistically, one of the driest months of the year and average daytime temperatures are a comfortable 9°C. It can get quite sunny with some warmer days.
Snow can still sit on some of the summits in and around the Highlands, but generally, snow doesn’t fall on lower ground.
Our most asked question from visitors to Scotland…’The Midge’
You’ll be glad to know that midges don’t come out to ‘play’ usually until late May. This of course means that visiting in April guarantees a midge free experience.
As a result, April is a great month for hiking, biking, running and paddling. Enjoy the great Scottish outdoors with a midge free experience.
Our official tourism season’ doesn’t really kick off until generally the end of May. This means that if you visit us in April you can enjoy Scotland without the mass of crowds! There is much more freedom to move in the many popular tourist areas like Edinburgh, The Highlands and Islands and The Isle of Skye (being a very popular summer hot spot).
The North Coast 500 is still the most popular route travelled in Scotland. Take advantage of less busy roads and campsites on route. In the summer season, these roads and campsites become extremely busy and often sought-after, desirable areas to visit and stay.
Take the stress out of your stay.
Have you ever watched the TV drama series Outlander?
The TV series was filmed in and around Scotland, in our beautiful, historic castles.
Most of our historic castles close to the public during winter and reopen again around the 1st of April (or thereabouts). Come in April and you can have your pick of the castles. You will be able to roam without the distraction of many other tourists.
Take your time and enjoy the experience as well as photographing our breath taking sights.
Our country erupts into colour. Yellow is the colour. We have field and fields of rapeseed flowering, daffodils and of course Gorse. Gorse is a member of the pea family and native to the British Isles. Gorse provides an important habitat for birds and reptiles and is a valuable source of nectar and pollen for insects.
Do you like birds?
Many birds return in April to Scotland from warmer climates like puffins, swallows, and osprey. Take the time to bring your binoculars and relax and enjoy the view.
These must-see family friendly events are part of our Scottish culture and are held annually starting in Spring and running through to September. These games feature some of our country’s historic customs including highland dancing, hammer throwing, toss the caber and tug of war. My favourite part of the Highland games is the bagpipes and drums. Bands often from around the continent take part in these games.
The season starts at:
Gourock Highland Games
Battery Park Sports Pavilion
Sunday 10th May 2020, Local Start Time – 12 o’clock
- Heavy Weights
- Pipe Band Contest
- Highland Dance
This is an important date in the Scottish calendar, it’s the first games after the winter and a chance to celebrate sports, music and dancing outdoors against the scenic backdrop of the firth of Clyde and Argyll hills beyond.
At this year’s Gourock Highland Games, there will be pipe band and drum major competitions; highland dance competitions; heavyweight events; mini highland games; children’s entertainment; gift and craft stalls – a great day out for all the family.
It is free entry and open to all!
With more games to be held in locations throughout May, there is no better way to make your way around than in your motorhome- it is like your car hire and accommodation in one. Scotland is extremely motorhome friendly meaning you will never be far away from campsites or somewhere you can park up to rest your feet.
May brings with it more than just warmer weather. It marks the start of the festival season for the spring and summer ahead.
Friendly fest 2020 Starts Saturday 2nd May in Kynoch Park in Keith near Aberdeen AB55 5EN. Headlining is chart topping Eurodance stars Livin’ Joy and featuring is Ocean Colour Scene tribute Ocean Colour Scheme.
Stereofunk is a unique boutique music festival established in the Scottish clubbing calendar as ‘The first festival of Summer’. This one-day event takes place on Saturday 2nd May at Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell and runs from 12 noon until 10.30pm. This festival has a campsite right on its doorstep.
OR take your motorhome to Chippenham on the 22nd May and embrace the folk music traditions of rural England. With over 200 individual events and workshops, there’s something for all ages. This is their 49th festival.
For nature those enthusiasts, at the heart of the highlands is Scotland’s Cairngorms Nature Festival. Taking place 15th to 17th May, the Nature Festival has over 80 events taking place including nature inspired musical concerts, opportunities to get up close with nature and take in the spectacular wildlife and flowers.