Autumn in Scotland is utterly enchanting. The already breathtaking landscape turns into an outstandingly beautiful kaleidoscope of colours, sunsets are bursting with colours, beach walks are invigorating and our cosy pubs, restaurants and eateries become that little bit more tempting. Cooler temperatures are perfect for outdoor adventures whether it’s hiking, biking or dog walking. Crunch leaves beneath your feet and drink in the fresh, crisp air before rewarding well-trod bodies in our bubbling hot tubs underneath star-filled skies or cuddling up in front of warming log fires. Sounds tempting? Then read on to find out what else is so alluring about autumn in Scotland and why it is one of our favourite times of the year!
Scotland is world renowned for its exceptional scenery which during the autumn months simply erupts into blazes of fiery colours, contrasting with the purpling skies. From moorlands to highlands and across to the coast, no two views are ever the same during autumn in Scotland, it’s a photographers dream and outdoor lovers paradise.
See the Northern Lights in Scotland
Aside from the out-of-this-world scenery, many flock north during autumn to see the magical northern lights in Scotland. As Philip Pullman so eloquently describes, “these great curtains of delicate light are truly astonishing” earning them a place on many a wish list. With longer, darker days and clear nights, autumn offers numerous chances to gaze heavenward, hoping to glimpse the Aurora Borealis. With Scotland lying at the same latitude as Stavanger in Norway, guests are in with a good chance of spotting these dancing phenomenon, known in Scotland as “Mirrie Dancers”.
Autumn in Scotland is the optimal time to look for wildlife as they emerge from the summer months preparing for winter. Set against the ever changing natural backdrop, keen, patient eyes will be rewarded with sightings of red deer as they gather for their annual rutting, one of Scotland’s most famous wildlife events. Expect loud roars, plenty of grunting and the clashing of antlers as the competition for a mate begins! There’s also the elusive red squirrel who spend more time on the ground during autumn in Scotland, readying themselves for winter. Those staying at the coast can look out for baby grey seals, swans, geese, basking sharks and the leaps of Atlantic Salmon as they begin their migratory journey back to their place of birth.
Hearty Local Food
Autumn in Scotland brings with it a healthy harvest making it one of the best times to visit if you’re a foodie. Following busy days working up appetites, indulge in some of the incredible produce from apples, plums, pears and damsons to lamb, game and our native oysters, which are best enjoyed from October, through the winter months. Round things off with a ‘wee dram in front of a roaring fire as you recount memories, share stories and create moments.
A Sense of Calm
Following the bustling summer months, autumn in Scotland is the time to catch your breath. With fewer visitors, everywhere is that little bit quieter. Our holiday parks feel roomier, attractions offer time to reflect with time spent outdoors seemingly private. Dogs can roam uninterrupted whilst children can splash in puddles or jump on crunchy leaves, taking pure joy in the simple things. With an array of luxury accommodation to choose from, join us for your perfect holiday in Scotland this autumn, we promise you won’t regret it.
Published 12/09/2023, 11:58