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Why You Should Visit Edinburgh in Spring

5 reasons from food markets to locals dancing with fire

05 . 04 . 2016

It might be only 2 degrees more than usual, but the locals take Spring very seriously.

We know it, Edinburgh is beautiful in any season, but there is something magical about the Scottish capital in Spring. It is difficult to put your finger on exactly what makes Edinburgh so special from March onwards, but we will try our best to explain. Here are our 5 reasons why you should come and visit us in Spring

Also read: 24 Romantic Hours in Edinburgh


Arthur's Seat from Blackford Hill
Arthur’s Seat from Blackford Hill

It’s actually (quite) sunny

March, April and May may not the warmest months of the year with an average temperature of 8°C degrees, but – oh boy – it’s sunny. With an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine per day in Spring, Edinburgh is up there with Barcelona and Paris, for example, and strikes more sunshine hours than London (Source: www.holiday-weather.com). So, to all those people who call Edinburgh the rainy capital: The myth has been debunked!

Stockbridge Market Edinburgh
Quiche by Grumpy Food and pulled chicken and Cheese Arepas at the Stockbridge Market

The Food Markets

While there are food and farmer markets happening in Edinburgh in any season, in Spring it is particularly nice to browse the stalls and enjoy some food freshly prepared in front of you while catching some sun light. We recommend to have a look around Stockbridge Market (every Sunday 10am-5pm on Saunders Street) for all the foodies out there and the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market (every Saturday on Castle Terrace) to get the freshest produce in the city.

Edinburgh Castle from Arthur's Seat
Edinburgh Castle from Arthur’s Seat

The city is not overrun by tourists yet

With the festival season in summer, Edinburgh’s population almost doubles with half a million visitors coming into the city. And they are not only here to see festival shows – getting a table at a restaurant is almost impossible, tourist attractions have long queues, and accommodation providers are fully-booked. So why not come to Edinburgh when you can avoid the hustle and bustle.

Cherry trees on Princes Street EdinburghCherry trees on Princes Street

Scotland awaking from its winter sleep

Enjoy the crocuses coming up on every little bit of city centre green, admire Princes Street glowing in pink (above) with the bloom of the cherry trees, or stroll along Jawbone Walk across the Meadows and watch Edinburgh’s flora come to life. The best place, however, to see the full impact of Spring is the  Royal Botanic Garden! Just a 20 minute ride by public transport from the city centre, the gardens are a quiet oasis for everyone enthusiastic about flowers, plants or anything pretty in general (free entry).

Beltane Fire Festival 2011Fire dancer at Beltane Fire Festival

The locals go mad for Spring

It might be only 2 degrees more than usual, but the locals take Spring very seriously.  Even before the first ray of sunlight hits the floors, the Scots are already reserving their seats on every terrace in Edinburgh. A popular area for having a pint is Grassmarket with its pubs and bars. Try the terrace above street level along Victoria Street (Head up the stairs next to Swish) as a good spot for people-watching. Also, one of Edinburgh’s biggest parks – the Meadows – is a well-liked spot for catching some rays or lighting your first BBQ of the year.

Finally, the locals have their very own festival to welcome Spring or, well, chase away Winter: Beltane Fire Festival on top of Calton Hill. Described as “a living, dynamic reinterpretation and modernisation of an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual”, it involves lots of fire, dancing and very creative costumes.


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