Autumn in Scotland will soon be your favourite season, after we dazzle you with this list of the best autumn photography we could find! From Edinburgh to Perthshire and the Highlands, Scotland has some of the best places to go in autumn in the UK.
So, let us brighten up your day with autumn foliage, colours, trees and wildlife. Follow the links for more information on planning an autumn break in Scotland.
Deep gorges, cascading waterfalls, a ruined castle and woodland walks. A perfect autumn day out awaits you at Dollar Glen, just east of Stirling. Take a moment for yourself at the evocatively named Burns of Care and Sorrow as you watch them plunge down tumbling waterfalls.
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You can take a self-guided tour of the University of Glasgow at any time of year, but it’s looking pretty amazing in this autumn snap! Students have been attending since 1451, and it has the most listed buildings of any UK university.
The Gilmorehill campus is based in the west end of Glasgow, 3 miles from the city centre.
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Autumn reaches even the heart of our lovely cities – it’s not just a forest thing! This snap of Princes Street Gardens will have you picturing a quiet moment on a park bench, admiring the views with a hot drink.
Princes Street Gardens run between Edinburgh Castle on the Royal Mile and Princes Street, Edinburgh’s main shopping thoroughfare. Edinburgh Botanic Gardens are also beautiful in autumn (and every other season!).
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Seaton Park in Aberdeen has everything for an autumn walk – colourful trees, a winding river, historical architecture, flowers and plants, and a play park. Sitting in the north of the city, the park opens in the south next to St Machar’s Cathedral. Within the space, you’ll find the Wallace Tower, a motte and mound from the Bronze Age, while nearby is the Brig o’ Balgownie, a 13th century gothic bridge. All just 2 miles from the city centre.
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Surrounded by Corbetts and woods, Loch Shiel at Glenfinnan is just 12 miles from Fort William and as pretty as a postcard. You could easily spend a long weekend here walking amongst the hills and trees, learning about the Glenfinnan Monument that sits at the loch’s edge, or snapping pics of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in Harry Potter.
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Autumn leaves are a good reason to look up, but you’ll also notice the amazing architecture in Dundee. The Steeple Church sits surrounded by the Overgate Shopping Centre, but follow the Dundee Heritage Walk around the city centre to see more incredible buildings and learn about how much of what you see is built on land that was once underwater…!
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Built 99 years ago, the war memorial monument on Balmashanner Hill (known locally as “Bummie”) honours the men of nearby Forfar who died in World War I. Take a short walk from the Angus town and up the hill to reach the monument, and you’ll see how it looks out over the surrounding farmland, and the Valley of Strathmore to the Braes of Angus beyond.
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Much might have changed since Falkland Palace was built, but a good autumn walk never does! Wander the gardens around the palace, once the chosen holiday spot of the royal Stuarts, including Mary Queen of Scots. There’s a historic orchard, complete with a living willow labyrinth, and formal gardens.
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Autumn and this Perthshire town are a match made in red, orange and golden heaven. Follow one of the many walks which all start in Pitlochry, and you’ll get all the classics – trees, burns, rivers, lochs, and hills. Check out the Salmon Ladder and the smallest distillery in Scotland, Edradour, while you’re there.
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Just a short walk from Dumfries, the Crichton Estate has 85 acres of parkland with a rock garden, arboretum and beautiful rose garden, open all year round. Follow one of the Heritage Walks to find out more about the historic buildings in the estate, or just sit down in one of the big open spaces and watch the leaves float by.
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Get the family or friends out for some fresh air and exercise this autumn on the Deeside Way. It’s a pretty flat route having been a former railway line so it’s a gentle cycle or walk – depending on how far you go! It runs from Ballater in the Cairngorms National Park over 40 miles into Aberdeen, but it’s easily split into four shorter section.
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You’re never far from a loch in this National Park! Loch Ard is a freshwater loch west of Aberfoyle, and home to 16 miles of sculpture trails suitable for walking, cycling or horse riding. You’ll see beautiful scenery complimented by chainsaw sculptures and willow weavings. It’s also a great spot for watersports.
Find out more on visiting Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.
Happy that autumn in Scotland is for you? Check out our 5 autumn break ideas, or go coastal with our 5 autumn island breaks. If our dazzling images haven’t won you over, we’ve got winter breaks, spring suggestions or summer dreams for you too!