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Five things to do in Scotland
this Autumn

October 2016

Aerial performer at The Enchanted Forest

Aerial Performer at The Enchanted Forest
VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

Venture out into Scotland’s great outdoors during autumn and you can witness some of its most colourful scenery, see all kinds of wildlife, enjoy new activities and experience top events and festivals.

1. Watch the deer rut

Majestic red deer stags compete in the annual ritual of fighting for ‘top dog’ each autumn, and it’s an impressive display. They lock horns and roar so loud that it echoes round the glen. Top places to see red deer include the Isle of Jura in Argyll and the Cairngorms National Park. Other wildlife activity to watch out for in autumn includes leaping salmon as they return back up the rivers to spawn and the arrival of thousands of barnacle geese in October.

A Red Deer Stag at the Highland Wildlife Park
A Red Deer Stag at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig,
by Kingussie, Highlands of Scotland

Paul Tomkins / VisitScotland

2. Seek out autumn colours

Enjoy spectacular autumn colours on walks through Scotland’s forests and woodlands – don’t forget to bring your camera to snap all the wonderful gold, red and yellow hues. Top places to explore in autumn include the golden tree-lined avenue of Lady Mary’s Walk near Crieff, the Linn and River Dee woodland at Mar Lodge Estate, which is home to grand Scots Pines and Douglas Firs, and Arbirlot in Angus, where you’ll walk by beautiful waterfalls too.

3. Try a new outdoor activity

Get out into the fresh air and feel the thrill of trying something new and exciting. From popular activities, such as cycling and golf to more unusual experiences, like land-yachting or a gentle ride on a two-wheeled segway, Scotland has a host things to do and expert guides to instruct you on how to go about them. If you’ve always wanted to climb one of Scotland’s Munros, a mountain over 3,000 feet, then there are lots of great options for first-timers too, so why not start planning that ascent now?

Land yachting on West Sands beach
Land yachting on West Sands beach, St. Andrews, Fife
Paul Tomkins / VisitScotland

4. Stay somewhere different

Holiday accommodation often plays a big part in your experience, so it’s a good idea to consider all the options when looking for somewhere to stay. For a back-to-nature break you might want to consider glamping. A more luxurious twist on camping, it suits autumn perfectly – no need to pack a tent or set up on arrival, your lodgings will be ready and waiting for you. Embrace the countryside and stay in an array of specially made or adapted places, such as wooden wigwams, dreamy treehouses and traditional Romany-style caravans. You’ll find many have heating to keep you cosy, electricity and even wonderful extras, such as hot tubs.

Wooden Wigwams at Loch Tay Highland Lodges,
Milton Morenish Estate, Perthshire
Paul Tomkins / VisitScotland

5. Enjoy an amazing event

Scotland’s autumn calendar is laden with great events, both indoors and out. Lighting up Fascally Woods in Pitlochry each night from 29 September – 30 October, the Enchanted Forest showcases autumnal trees during a spectacular light and sound show like no other. From 3 – 6 November Perthshire Amber - The Dougie MacLean Festival takes place in Dunkeld to celebrate Scottish and international music against the stunning backdrop of Perthshire. Dougie Maclean will perform throughout the festival, which also features the multi award-winning Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, Duncan Chisholm and Tim Edey.

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