Winter will be coming to an end soon, and we’ll all be glad to see the cold weather and dark nights disappear for another year. As we head towards spring, many of us will be planning a trip to get out and blow the cobwebs away.
Scotland is an increasingly popular holiday destination. The country has an incredible amount to offer, with fantastic towns and cities and stunning scenery. Hiring a motorhome from Ariescape (ariescape.co.uk) is one of the best ways to experience Scotland, especially in the remote northern regions. If you’re planning to visit the north of Scotland this spring, we recommend checking out these six towns.
One of the largest towns in the region, Fort William has become something of a hub of the north of Scotland. Located on the west coast, Fort William rests in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK. The town is an incredibly popular tourist destination, as it offers fantastic scenery with plenty of amenities, dining and drinking options.
Fort William is the last stop along the famous West Highland Way route, so you’ll meet plenty of backpackers from all over the world. As you might expect, such a long walk is thirsty work, and Fort William is packed full of charming pubs to cater to these weary travellers.
Travel northeast from Fort William and you’ll find Drumnadrochit. This quaint little village has some beautiful old houses and buildings and is home to Urquhart Castle. History lovers will be in their element here, they’ll be able to peruse a collection of ancient items and admire the class architecture.
However, history isn’t what brings the majority of visitors to Drumnadrochit. The village is located on the shores of Loch Ness, making it the perfect destination for people hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie, the famous monster that is said to reside in the loch. Visit Drumnadrochit and you could spot this legendary beast for yourself!
Ullapool is a fishing village located on the west coast of Scotland, on the shore of the Loch Broom sea loch. The town itself is incredibly beautiful, with lots of independent shops to check out and fascinating ancient fishing cottages.
You’ll find wonderful scenery wherever you go in the north of Scotland, but Ullapool takes things to another level. Not only are there breathtaking views of the loch and the Atlantic Ocean beyond it, but you’ll also be able to explore the surrounding countryside.
Ullapool is near the Inverpolly Nature Reserve, where you can spot elusive creatures such as pine martens and even wildcats!
Nestled in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park, the town of Aviemore is a popular destination for visitors from Scotland and beyond. The town is famous for its skiing opportunities, with incredible mountain routes to suit skiers of all levels.
If you’re visiting in spring, the skiing season may have ended. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do in Aviemore. Renting a lodge and basking in a hot tub surrounded by towering mountains is a thrilling experience, one that will make you want to return to Aviemore again and again.
Tain is a small village that you can find to the north of Inverness. As the oldest royal burgh in the UK, this town is a must-visit for any history lovers. You’ll find wonderful historic architecture throughout the town, and the Tain Museum and cathedral are definitely worth checking out.
If you’re a golfer, Tain is the ideal place to get back out onto the course after a winter break. With sea views, Tain’s golf course perfectly epitomises Scottish golf. After a day out on the golf course, or a day spent checking out the museum, why not head to the Glenmorangie Distillery for a dram of traditional Scottish whisky?
Last on our list of northern Scottish towns to visit this spring is Nairn. This East Coast village has been a popular holiday spot since the Victorian era. In those days, people believed the waters off the town’s coast had magical healing properties.
Nairn is one of the sunniest places in Scotland, making it perfect for exploring the outdoors. The beaches are fantastic, offering scenic views and plenty of wildlife-spotting opportunities. You can also check out the nearby Brodie Castle and Cawdor Castle, both only around five miles from the town.
There is so much to do in the north of Scotland, it really makes for the perfect holiday destination. Explore one or more of the towns we’ve listed above for the trip of a lifetime.