Ah, Scotland. You might recognize this beautiful country from scenes of Braveheart, or fantasize about it in storied tales of the Loch Ness monster. But historical battlegrounds and legendary folklore aside, the UK's northernmost country is certainly worthy of a modern-day visit, and spring is the perfect time to go.

First off, the landscape is stunning, with rugged mountain wildernesses, lochs (lakes), and glacier glens (valleys) serving as a surreal ground for exploration. Rock climbing, camping, hiking, and kayaking all immerse you in the land's rugged personality, and spring sees the return of traditional festivals like Celtic New Year (March 25) and Beltane's Day (May 1st).

But if the fact that Scotland's national animal is the unicorn (yes, really) doesn't already convince you to visit, then hopefully these 14 Instagrams will. Because #ScotSpirit is the real deal, and you don't want to miss out. 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BRd3GJRjrDK/?tagged=instascotland
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRgFRC1Aa4c/?taken-at=213429964
https://www.instagram.com/p/BReAXPRBqLn/?tagged=scotspirit
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRESTtllSsf/?taken-by=_dsutherland_
https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ7zVG7hJfk/?taken-by=mikegbrooke_
https://www.instagram.com/p/BReIQSaDu7O/?tagged=instascotland
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMRWoXoAdTv/?taken-by=loosemooose
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMmXqZgDoql/?taken-by=andrew.murray
https://www.instagram.com/p/BQWldh5jggk/?taken-by=edinburghspotlight
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRcubMMAnA_/?taken-at=213466096&hl=en
https://www.instagram.com/p/BReK_uXhGH6/?taken-at=218838379
https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ8WwQBggAp/?taken-by=albamum
https://www.instagram.com/p/BQ_LptPhVI3/?taken-by=andrew.murray
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRbdWUoD7sM/?taken-at=213429964