10 reasons to visit Edinburgh this Spring

01 March 2017

After a long winter, spring has finally sprung, with a host of exciting events, activities and things to see and do during the warmer months in the city.

Explore the city on two wheels

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Longer, lighter days mean that there is more time to hop on your bike and take advantage of the range of cycle paths in and around Edinburgh. Why not whizz down to Portobello for an ice-cream or enjoy a gentle ride on the flat route along the Union Canal?

Visit our cycling page to discover more of Edinburgh's popular cycling routes> 

Enjoy whizz bang experiments at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

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[Image credit: Edinburgh International Science Festival]

Edinburgh is well known for its festivals in Summer, however the Edinburgh International Science Festival is a staple for the spring season. The festival explores the worlds of science, technology, engineering and design with an inspiring line-up of talks, exhibitions and hands-on events. There are plenty of activities for young ones too so there's lots to enjoy for a family day out.  

The Edinburgh International Science Festival takes place between 1 - 16 April 2017. Find out more about this year's themes, events and the full programme here> 

Catch the Cherry Blossom Season 

Blossom On Princes St Gardens

It's that beautiful time of year again, when cherry blossoms begin to bloom, making Edinburgh's parks and green spaces very magical, however for a truly special sight, take a stroll through the Meadows walkway. Here you will be able to capture picture perfect shots of these wool like flowers in hues of white and pink.

Get fit for a good cause at Edinburgh Marathon Festival

Edinburgh Marathon

Less icy conditions means there's more time to pound the the pavement for your favourite worthy cause or charity. Spring time means the start of marathon season and the biggie is the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on the 27th to 28th May 2017. This is the fiteenth year of the event, so don't wait around to claim your spot and start counting down the days until spring, one step at a time!

Find out more in our Guide to What's On in Edinburgh>

Hit up your local Farmers Markets

Grassmarket Stalls

With plenty of farmers markets in Edinburgh, you're bound to find one within walking distance. From the picturesque Saturday market at Castle Terrace to the Sunday Stockbridge Market. Find locally-grown, seasonal produce and a host of intersting goodies, from Edinburgh and around the world. Spring is one of the best seasons for fruit and vegetables, so stock up and enjoy the fantatsic produce we have available in the city.

Check out our list of local markets in Edinburgh>

Watch out for new arrivals 

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Edinburgh is home to many family friendly attarctions, where you can see all sorts of animals and this time of year offers a host of new arrivals too, so keep your eyes peeled. A spring favourite is petting the lambs at Gorgie City Farm or spotting a new born white-faced saki monkey at Edinburgh Zoo

Water of Leith


On a bright spring day you can't miss the opportunity to take a stroll along the Water of Leith. Its leafy walkway links Leith with central Edinburgh, by-passing landmarks such as the Royal Botanic Garden, the Dean Gallery and Murrayfield Stadium. Over 12 miles long, it gently winds its way out of the city towards Colinton village and Balerno. It's easy to forget you're in the bustle of a city when you're on this walk. 

Find more about the best walking routes in Edinburgh>

See Edinburgh blooms at the Royal Botanic Gardens

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[Image credit: Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh Facebook]

Once those buds start blooming, Edinburgh public gardens are a riot of colours and floral scents. There's lots of gardens in the city but a must is the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is a wonderful oasis of calm in the city centre. There are ample benches dotted around the gardens or picnic spots for you to sit and take it all in.

Grab a dram on World Whisky Month

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[Image credit: The Balmoral Edinburgh Facebook]

Spring time also brings around the World Whisky month, and Edinburgh has plenty of places you can enjoy a dram or two. In May expect to find many Edinburgh whisky joints taking part in the celebration. From the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society on Queen Street. Or how about a dram in the luxurious surrounding of the Balmoral's Scotch Whisky Bar where the Whisky Ambassadors will be able to advise what's best. 

Take a look at our Top 10 Best Whisky Bars in Edinburgh>

Beltane Fire Festival

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[Image credit: Simon Crofts photography]

Celebrating its 30th year in 2017, the Beltane Fire Festival, an annual participatory arts event and ritual drama festival, reimagines ancient Celtic ritual and marks the beginning of Spring. You can catch this year's spectacular displays on the 30th April at their hub on Calton Hill with this year's festival promising to be bigger and better than ever before. Visitors can enjoy acrobatics, fireworks, beautiful costumes and breathtaking performances. 

This year families and those interested in learning more are invited to come chat to the various performers and hear stories told by some of Beltane’s characters - you can find out more in our Guide to What's On in Edinburgh>