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14 Best Autumn Photography Spots to Visit in Scotland

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Autumn in Scotland is fall-ing in and what better way to explore Scotland’s magnificent landscapes than at some of the best photography spots on offer? From the glorious west coast and rural corners of north Scotland, to spectacular eastern coastal towns and breathtaking landscapes of south Scotland, explore some of the best places to visit in Scotland in autumn.

Keep reading to find out more about just a handful of these picture-perfect locations, and make sure to share your favourite snaps with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #VisitScotland or #OnlyInScotland for your chance to be reposted.

North

1. Glen Coe

Starting in the north of Scotland, Glen Coe never fails to impress! Scotland in autumn sees a magical array of colours blossom across the country, from reds and browns appearing on crispy leaves, to the mesmerising Northern Lights dancing in the dark night sky. Get your camera at the ready to capture these extraordinary sights – especially with Glen Coe’s towering mountains creating a dramatic backdrop to frame your snaps!

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2. Outer Hebrides

Even although the darker nights and cooler weather are settling in, autumn in Scotland can still see glorious warm days that are perfect for exploring secluded beaches and picturesque spots. The Outer Hebrides boasts pristine white sands and crystal clear blue waters, that are sometimes mistaken for Caribbean oases! Dip your toes in the water and snap up those last-of-summer memories.

Discover the Outer Hebrides

3. Orkney

If you’re looking for things to do in Scotland in autumn, we’ve got you covered. There’s plenty to get involved in and it’s a great time of year for a road trip around some of your favourite places. Orkney comes to life in a whole new way in autumn – cosy up in front of roaring log fires, book a woodland getaway amongst the autumnal wildlife, head out to explore ancient historic sites, and don’t forget to admire a Scottish island sunset – they are truly mesmerising!

Find out more about visiting Orkney

East

4. Carlowrie Castle, West Lothian

Heading to West Lothian, here you’ll find ancient castles, atmospheric woodlands with crunchy leaves underfoot, and even spectacular venues hosting autumnal themed events. Carlowrie Castle is a sight to see – with red autumn vines and leaves crawling their way over the building, it’s a seasonal delight to visit.

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5. Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire

If there’s one thing to note about Aberdeenshire, it’s that it’s full of ancient castles. Literally hundreds! Castles, fortresses and ruins are a sight to see all year round, but there’s something about the autumnal colours and foliage underfoot that makes castles in autumn that bit more special. Head to Aberdeenshire where you can explore the dedicated Scotland’s Castle Trail, taking in stunning locations, atmospheric ruins and more along the way.

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Follow Scotland’s Castle Trail

6. Binning Woods, East Lothian

“If you go down to the woods today…” You’ll be sure of some lovely autumn strolls. Our forests and woodlands come to life with glowing reds, browns and yellows as the leaves change over into their autumn attire, making for a picture-perfect woodland wander. In East Lothian, an evening stroll in Binning Woods will definitely get you into the autumn spirit! Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels when you’re out and about – autumn is the perfect time to spot them leaping between the trees.

Read our recommendations for autumnal woodland walks in Scotland

7. Aberdeen Beach

Even with the weather getting cooler and nights getting darker, you can still enjoy a day trip to the beach in autumn in Scotland. In fact, the darker evenings create the perfect setting to enjoy a Scottish sunset. Wander along Aberdeen Beach, or your beach of choice, a warming hot chocolate in hand, and watch the sun slowly set over the horizon. A truly tranquil ambience for your walk.

Visit Aberdeen beach

South

8. Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries

Get your cameras at the ready as you head south to Dumfries & Galloway. This iconic red sandstone castle is unique sight to see – featuring an intricate triangular shaped structure. Pay a visit to Caerlaverock Castle in autumn and you’ll be surrounded by lush scenery and centuries of history to explore – as well as a moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements to admire, too. Caerlaverock has also appeared on the big screen – you may have spotted the fortress in The Decoy Bride, starring David Tennant and Kelly MacDonald.

Find out more about Dumfries & Galloway

9. Glentress Forest, Scottish Borders

Biking the cycle paths of Glentress Forest

Biking the cycle paths of Glentress Forest

Popular for mountain biking enthusiasts and beginners alike, Glentress Forest is filled with challenging trails and obstacles to try out. It’s also a great location to take your camera and snap up some Instagram-worthy autumnal shots! There are a variety of trails for different levels and abilities and, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might just spot some local wildlife, too! Mosey at your own pace and soak in the atmospheric autumnal vibes of Scotland’s tranquil woodlands.

Read more about Glentress Forest

West

10. Luss, Loch Lomond National Park

Scotland is home to two National Parks, and autumn is the perfect time to witness their landscapes come to life with a whole new palette of colours. Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is located in the west of Scotland, just north of Glasgow, and is the ideal playground for autumn adventures. Whether you want to conquer Scotland’s most southerly Munro, Ben Lomond, head out for an afternoon stroll amongst the falling leaves, explore quaint hidden towns, or try out a watersport or outdoor activity, this National Park has you covered.

Discover Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

11. Lochranza Castle, Isle of Arran

One of Scotland’s western islands, Arran is a picturesque place to visit. Hop on board a ferry from Ayrshire to Arran and you’ll be in for a treat – the island is often described as “Scotland in Miniature”. There are plenty of things to see and do in Scotland in autumn, and on Arran you’ll be met with dramatic mountain peaks, picturesque bays and beaches, lush forests, a wealth of tasty local produce to try, and much more. Get your cameras at the ready to make those memories last forever.

Find out all you need to know about the Isle of Arran

12. Stirling

You can’t beat an iconic Scottish monument. Peeking through the autumn leaves of Stirlingshire, the National Wallace Monument is a well-known and striking landmark in Scotland which offers an impressive sight to see from the top. Climb the 246 steps where you can admire the picture-perfect autumnal scene that surrounds you, with a view to Stirling and beyond.

Read about Stirlingshire

13. Loch Venachar

Near Callandar, Loch Venachar is a quiet little loch surrounded by forestry, distant hills and is a prime spot for exploring walking trails and trying your hand at fishing. As the colder days draw in, wrap up warm, sip on a warming hot chocolate and head out with the family for a glorious day exploring. Stop in at Venachar Lochside for delicious homemade dishes, too.

Visit Loch Venachar

14. Loch Ard

Situated to the west of Aberfoyle, Loch Ard is a photographer’s dream. This autumnal scene is unmatched, with the surrounding woodland overflowing with picture opportunities. The loch also boasts the 16-mile Loch Ard Sculpture Trail which encompasses creative artworks and sculptures of a range of birds and animals, and can be explored on foot or by bike.

Find out more about Loch Ard

That was just a flavour of the incredible places Scotland boasts in autumn, but we hope it has inspired you to head outdoors this season to experience it all for yourselves.

 

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