I’ve lived and worked in Scotland for almost a decade, and during that time I’ve walked countless paths off the beaten track, discovered great hidden picnic spots and admired many time-forgotten gardens. But if there is a place that holds a special place in my heart it would have to be the Perthshireâ€™s â€˜Big Tree Countryâ€™ when bathed in autumnal colours. And if you fancy getting away with your loved one at this glorious time of year, I can think of no better place for a romantic retreat.
From lazy riverside strolls to refreshing forest trails, Perthshire is home to some of the finest scenery in Scotland.
For a peaceful and leisurely stroll, follow Lady Maryâ€™s Walk beside the River Earn in Crieff along an avenue of mature oak, beech and sweet chestnut trees, or take the circular Birks of Aberfeldy walk and discover what inspired Scotlandâ€™s national poet Robert Burns to write his famous poem The Birks of Aberfeldy in 1787.
If youâ€™re near Pitlochry, head towards the handsome Edwardian suspension bridge in the direction of Faskally Woods where magic awaits you at The Enchanted Forest, or why not follow in the footsteps of Scotlandâ€™s kings en route to their coronation? Linking Scone Palace in Perth with Falkland Palace in Fife, the Coronation Road is the ancient route used by the kings of Scotland as they travelled to Scone Palace where the Scottish monarch was traditionally crowned. Surrounded by gardens and peaceful woodland, itâ€™s perfect for a gentle stroll under the watchful eye of the groundâ€™s ever curious peacocks.
GENTLEMEN, here is a piece of advice for you. When planning those romantic outings – whatâ€™s a better way to set the mood than buying your lady flowers? Or perhaps making a flower bouquet out of the fallen leaves? Priceless!
So what are you waiting for? Whisk your loved one away to one of the delightfully romantic hideaways that you and that special someone will never forget.
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