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Escape the Office: 7 Weekend Getaway Ideas

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It doesn’t matter if you’re lucky enough to enjoy your dream job, or are counting down the days until you can switch a day at your desk for a day at the beach, everyone deserves some much-needed R&R now and then.

We’ve got the perfect weekend escapes for you this autumn that promise to recharge your batteries and have you raring to go the minute your first day back at work comes around, plus will give you the ultimate weekend bragging rights to wow your colleagues.

So book a weekend break to Scotland, shut down your office computer, and come and see what we have to offer.

1. Swap your city traffic jams for a scenic road trip in Perthshire

The River Garry and Garry Bridge near Killiecrankie

The River Garry and Garry Bridge near Killiecrankie

Some days, everything seems against you when you’re behind the wheel. You hit every red light, there are roadworks everywhere, and everyone seems to taking the same route as you at the same time.

In beautiful ‘Big Tree Country’ you’ll be begging for a traffic jam – just to give you a moment longer to sit back and gaze up at the tallest trees you have ever seen. The Perthshire Tourist Route covers 43 miles of dramatic scenery, with beautiful forests giving way to heather-clad slopes in Highland Perthshire.

Not sure this route is for you? We’ve got 13 road trip routes for you to choose from.

2. Give up the busy train carriage squeeze for our scenic Borders Railway

Train on the Borders Railway

Train on the Borders Railway © ScotRail

The best bit about a commute to work is being able to sit back, read a newspaper or book, listen to music or a podcast, or just simply gaze out the window – but if you can’t even get sat down, then that’s sometimes impossible.

Take a seat on our newest train route – the Borders Railway – and enjoy a weekend escape amongst these lush, green hills. The route takes you from the heart of Edinburgh city centre, through Midlothian, before heading through the Borders to Tweedbank.

Follow our one-day itinerary for the Borders train route with ideas for attractions to explore including the National Mining Museum Scotland, Abbotsford House and Melrose Abbey.

3. Get off a stuffy bus and enjoy the fresh air on our open-top tours

City Sightseeing tour bus on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

City Sightseeing tour bus on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Crammed into a busy bus in the hot summer’s heat? Even if it’s not that hot outside this summer, we all know that being stuck on a packed bus can be warm and uncomfortable.

So, why not spend your short break in Scotland, enjoying as much fresh air as possible, and seeing all the architecture and top attractions you could want? Open top city buses run in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and take you around the heart of each city, stopping off at the most popular attractions. Most offer a great ticket price, as you can hop on and off the bus every time something catches your eye, and then continue on your journey again when you’re ready.

4. Forget soggy sandwiches and try fresh seafood on our trail

Freshly caught crab in Oban harbour

Freshly caught crab in Oban harbour

Fed up of eating a boring sandwich at your desk? Or do you lug the same dull packed lunch into work day after day?

What could make for the perfect weekend getaway more than a trip to the west coast of Scotland to explore the Seafood Trail? The coastal waters of Argyll produce some of the best quality fish and shellfish in the world, and these eight waterside restaurants offer delicious seafood platters, succulent lobsters and flavoursome brown crab.

So sit by the water, hear the waves lapping against the shore, and enjoy delicious razor clams, mussels, haddock, salmon and sea trout.

5. Let the light at night be from our outdoor light shows, not your mobile

The Enchanted Forest at Faskally Wood

The Enchanted Forest at Faskally Wood

We all know it’s bad for us to spend too long looking at our phone – especially if we’re answering work emails on our mobile when we should be sleeping.

So don’t let the noise and light from your mobile screen keep you up – be gently dazzled and amazed instead by our light shows. Perthshire’s Enchanted Forest is a multi-award winning sound and light event in Faskally Wood – it has to be seen to be believed.

There’s now a great selection of light events across the whole country – Woodland Light Experience in Stirlingshire, Dragon Matrix in East Lothian and Illuminight in Ayrshire.

6. Don’t get lost on your way to a meeting – get lost amongst our forests

Hillwalkers follow the path towards the summit of Meall-a-Buachille, in the Cairngorms National Park

Hillwalkers in the Cairngorms National Park

Your boss sends you to an external meeting in a different part of town, or a new town altogether, and no part of mobile maps, passers-by or taxi drivers is helping to find out where you’re going – you’re lost, late and now flustered.

The best place to get lost? One of our amazing forest parks this autumn. Take a weekend escape to Glenmore Forest Park in the heart of the Cairngorms, and get lost quietly amongst the trees. Pause for a few moments and keep your eyes peeled – red squirrels can often be spotted scampering about the undergrowth just beside the visitor centre. You can also look out for red deer, mountain hares, and golden eagles.

7. Get revenge on your TV-spoiling colleagues and visit the actual locations yourself

Blackness Castle

Blackness Castle

Fed up of that one person in the office who always starts talking about the most outrageous part of a TV programme, before checking if everyone has seen it yet? These days with catch up TV, we’re not all watching a programme when it’s first screened, and there’s nothing worse than accidently wandering into a group of people talking about all the best bits in a show that you were planning to watch tonight.

So take a weekend getaway which gets you clear of spoilers, and visit some of the actual locations used in your favourite TV series and films.

Plan a short break in Scotland this autumn, and you could discover almost 30 different locations featured in the first two seasons of Outlander, explore Loch Ness from the recent ITV series The Loch, or see the sites connected to movies King Arthur and Whisky Galore!

We’ve got plenty more ideas for an autumn break in Scotland, or why not plan further ahead and book a magical winter retreat? Whatever time of year you want to escape the office, we’ve got you covered with our holidays and breaks.