Autumn is well and truly upon us, and I for one am already smitten with the vibrant leaves, bright berries and crisp days which are the essence of this time of year. As a child I loved stepping on crunchy fallen leaves, in fact I’m still pretty excited at the prospect now.
Here are just a few of Scotland’s spectacular seasonal views and walks to get you in the autumn mood. See below for some of the great events on across the season too, from guided walks to spectacular night-time illuminations.
Dundee Botanic Garden
Autumn in the university’s botanic garden means spectacular leaves, amazing fungi and bright berries. Wander round the fine collections of trees, tropical and temperature glasshouses and water gardens before stopping by the café and admiring the changing display of artworks.
Near Dunkeld, Perthshire
Perthshire, which is known as ‘Big Tree Country’, is ideal for admiring the rich shades of autumn and has a fantastic range of walks to choose from. On a walk to the historic Hermitage you can take in woodland scenery, waterfalls on the River Braan and you might even spot leaping salmon.
Rocks of Solitude river circuit
Those looking to stretch their legs on a long walk out in the crisp autumn air should head for Edzell in Royal Deeside. Follow this circular woodland walk along the River North Esk to the grand Gannochy Bridge and through the surrounding countryside to see the vibrant foliage that flanks the riverside pathways.
See more inspiration for picture perfect places to go in autumn on this handy map by the Forestry Commission.
Here’s a taster of some of the events on this autumn:
Faskally Woods, Perthshire, 3 October – 26 October
Lighting up the Faskally woodlands in Pitlochry at night, Enchanted Forest is a firm favourite in Scotland’s events calendar and showcases autumnal trees during a spectacular light and sound show. This year, as part of Homecoming Scotland, the event will feature aerial performers and is inspired by the word ‘elemental’. It promises to put nature, and Scotland’s famously changeable weather elements, centre stage.
Crieff and Strathearn Drovers Tryst Walking Festival
Perthshire, 11 – 18 October
Set amongst stunning autumnal scenery, this friendly walking festival caters to walkers of all abilities. One of the largest festivals of its kind in Scotland, the Crieff and Strathearn Drovers Tryst gets its name from the pathways which were once used to herd cattle on their way to markets in the 18th Century. With a number of walks to choose from each day there will be plenty of opportunities to admire the surrounding countryside. An autumnal highlight is the Dunkeld and Hermitage walk on Thursday 15 October which will be led by a knowledgeable forester.
Dumfries & Galloway Wild Autumn Festival
11 October – 2 November
Autumn is an action-packed time for nature in Dumfries & Galloway, from the arrival of up to 25,000 barnacle geese on the Solway Coast, to the star-studded skies of the Galloway Forest Park. The festival features a host of great outdoor events, including guided tours of Logan Botanic Garden and a special workshop on SLR camera techniques in autumn at the Eskrigg Reserve.
Night in the Garden
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 30 October – 23 November
Although many leaves may have already been shed by late October, this new outdoor event is certainly worth a mention. Welcoming in ticketholders after hours, the darkness at this Botanics Lights event will reveal a magical trail of light around the gardens to admire fantastic light effects against some of its most famous features, including the Victorian Palm House, pond and plants play and great views of the city skyline.
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