23 Signs of Spring in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders

by Scotland Starts Here, 30th April 2020
Galashiels | Credit: VisitScotland / Ian Rutherford
23 Signs of Spring in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders

As Spring arrives in Scotland, an explosion of greenery, vivid colours and new life sweeps across the country. From fragrant floral carpets taking over the scenery to woolly lambs jumping across the rolling hills of southern Scotland, the season offers an array of breathtaking moments. 

Let us bring the very best of springtime to you. Take in the sights, colours and tidings of the season with our Instagram picks. Scroll on for 23 pictures that showcase the beauty of Spring in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders.


Please note: In light of the coronavirus pandemic, health and safety are of paramount importance. Stay safe and adhere to current government guidance. If you are going for walks or exercise, always follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. Closures and access restrictions may apply and will be lifted in line with government guidance. Always check with places directly and prebook where possible.


1. Watch the last snow melting on the Pentlands.

With the start of Spring, the weather can still be temperamental. The mix of snowy hilltops and bright blue skies illuminates the often moody landscape. The perfect enticement to experience nature’s spectacle in the Pentland Hills.  

2. Go snowdrop spotting. 

Every year, the dainty white flowers announce the end of winter across the country. To celebrate, many of Scotland’s most exquisite gardens and woodlands encourage snowdrop spotting. Still, expansive carpets of snowdrops can also be found in the wild. 

3. Find Spring in hidden corners… 

Sometimes it takes a close look to spot the change of season. Most of the time, the first snowdrops can be found hiding in shady corners and underneath hedges or thickets. 

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4. …and along riverbanks… 

The very first signs of Spring come in more colours than white. Unlike snowdrops, purple, yellow and white crocuses enjoy showing off on sunny banks, such as along the Tweed in Kelso. 

5. …or taking over at Dryburgh.

In Midlothian and the Scottish Borders, our hearts do beat for the humble snowdrop. And that’s also where you find some of the best displays with swathes of the flowers taking over gardens, parks and woodlands. 

6. Follow lambs taking their first steps. 

Spring also announces the arrival of new life – not only in floral form but also across farms and fields. Southern Scotland offers some of the best opportunities to see some cute baby animals during lambing season in March and April. 

7. See calves discover the world. 

In the animal kingdom, fluffy lambs are joined by newborn calves. And sometimes, they become friends and hop across green pastures together. Talk about farm adventures! 

8. Get lost in fields of sunshine.

Springtime brings with it some of the sunniest days of the year. In Midlothian and the Borders though, sunshine is not limited to the sky. Entire fields of daffodils claim the landscape. 

9. See vibrant daffodils illuminate our sights...

With these pops of floral sunshine illuminating them from all angles, our historic castles and houses have never looked better than during Springtime. 

10. …like a cloud of yellow petals.

Who wouldn’t want to explore our magnificent buildings with views like these?

11. Experience stunning sunrises.

Though temperatures can still be freezing at night, the resulting mist and frost lingering on the landscape add to the spectacular sunrises of the season. 

12. Watch the seabirds return to St Abbs

Along coasts and nature reserves, seabird colonies return after the winter, ready to build their nests. 

13. Admire carpets of bluebells in glens…

As Spring progresses, more flowers join the mix. Almost half the world’s bluebells are found in the UK, and many of them bloom in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian. 

15. …and in country parks.

Bluebell fields take decades to develop. So each new flower you discover has quite a history. There are rules to enjoying bluebells though: No picking, and no walking over them. It damages the flowers beyond recovery. 

14. Forage for wild garlic along the Tweed.

If you enjoy the smells of Spring, foraging might be for you. On walks along the Tweed, you can pick Wild Garlic to prepare a myriad of tasty dishes – or simply soak up the fragrant aroma. 

16. Marvel at colourful gardens.

Green spaces across Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are ablaze with colour. Here, a tapestry of tulips spreads across the magical gardens at Abbotsford. 

17. And let the rich tones enthral you. 

What better to beat the cold tones of winter than pure gold! As the laburnum arch at Kailzie Gardens bursts into bloom, its petals seem to drip with the precious metal. 

18. Dance under a cherry blossom canopy. 

Close your eyes and imagine the sway of cherry blossom trees, their light pink petals filling the air. Can Spring get more beautiful? It can, in Midlothian and the Borders. 

19. Get lost in a maze of colour. 

One of the season’s most vivid signs is the rainbow of bright reds, pinks, purples and yellows taking over at Dawyck Botanic Gardens. As the rhododendron burst into bloom, they transform the tranquil oasis into a wonderland of fragrance and colour. 

20. If you’re local, you can head out on a Spring walk. Into the hills…

If you’re not, let the scenery take you away and dream of all the adventures you can have in the future. Exploring our hills…

21. …and picturesque towns.

The quaint town of Melrose comes alive in Spring. Its colourful planting adds to the atmosphere. 

22. Even ruined castles now come with added scent.

The castles of both areas are a whole other world to explore during Springtime. Bright yellow gorse fills the air with its sweet scent, reminiscent of coconut, at Crichton Castle.

23. Enjoy coffee and cake among the blossoms.

And finally, enjoy a cuppa as you admire nature’s work. Or, sit back at home, close your eyes and imagine you were right here. 


You may not be able to visit us at the moment, but our gardens, parks and woodlands are not going anywhere. Stay safe and plan for when we can welcome you again.