Celebrating bluebells

Here in Scotland the bluebell season is at its peak around mid-May.  Drifts shimmer on the woodland floor, filling the air with a beautiful scent.   Swathes of azure blue spread across hillsides, and as you stand in silent wonder you might well hear a cuckoo calling from up in the glen.

These are some of our favourite photos of bluebells, mostly taken in Argyll and Lochaber.

Photos copyright © Colin & Jo Woolf


Harebells (1)Harebells…

A little confusingly, the harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) is often known as ‘the bluebell of Scotland’.  You can read more about these lovely flowers here on The Hazel Tree.


  1. Lovely photos, I’ve found it very difficult to photograph bluebells well, they never seem to come out looking as good as they do in real life.

    • Thank you, Lorna. I know what you mean – they are such a particular shade of blue that any slight variation looks wrong. It may be just me, but they seem even more prolific this year.

  2. Lovely! Where is that ruined castle?

  3. So beautiful 🙂

    • There’s nothing quite like them, both in terms of colour and scent! 🙂

      • Yes they are beautiful this year, whole fields of them, which I have never seen before. For some reason I can’t get the reader to come up, so I looked at your post from yesterday and there were the bluebells….glad I didn’t miss them 🙂

      • I’ve been having some WordPress problems too (logging out unexpectedly etc., the same problem we had a few months ago) but I hope it’s fixed now!

      • I think my problem is the internet, its just so slow here, It will not download the reader, but we have been given a yellow warning for rain, which means we could have some very heavy down pours and I think the weather might have something to do with it, very close and warm, with rumbles of thunder, so I will just have to wait until it passes 🙂

  4. I have singularly failed to take any decent pictures of bluebells this year – inadequate camera or incompetent operator, maybe both! So these are a fabulous reminder. It’s a pity blogs can’t capture the scent, it’s been particularly good this year – a combination of rain and sun I suppose.

    • It’s hard to get good photos of bluebells! And it’s impossible to tweak the colour or exposure because it never looks right. Yes, I thought the same about the scent! They really have been more prolific this year, and I’m sure you’re right that it’s down to the mild wet weather.

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