Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. Crisp and sunny mornings, the changing colours of the leaves, and, of course, drinking lots of of hot chocolate during the cold nights! For some, this is the time to start hibernating, but for me it’s the perfect time to experience Scotland’s outdoors in a different light.
Especially beautiful in the autumn is Perthshire. Here you really get to see Scotland in its splendour when the lush green hillsides transform into hues of golden brown. It’s a great place for a day out, so here’s my pick of a couple of places to visit before the snow comes and it really is time to start hibernating!
The Hermitage, which is really easy to get to from Dunkeld (just follow the signs when you enter the village) is a great destination for an easy going walk. It runs along the River Brann and is home to Ossian’s Hall of Mirrors; a Georgian view-house that overlooks the Black Linn falls of the Brann. Not only are the surroundings of the Hermitage stunning with the orange and yellow colours from the leaves, but you’ll be sheltered most of the way by the trees, so come rain or shine you’ll be sure to have a great day out.
After a walk, I recommend a visit to Dunkeld, one of Scotland’s loveliest villages that sits on the bank of the River Tay. It’s filled with beautiful town houses, charming shops, and some scrumptious eateries. One of my favourite places to eat is at the Atholl Arms Hotel – their haggis, neeps and tatties are amazing!
Now for some night-time autumnal exploring: The Enchanted Forest, a breath taking light and sound show in the midst of darkened gardens, is an absolute must for everyone. Taking place at The Explorers Garden in Pitlochry, visitors have the chance to explore a darkened garden like they never have before. Filled with a spectacular range of lights illuminating the trees and music to create different experiences throughout, this truly is a magical place. I went last year for the first time and was absolutely mesmerised – watch the video and you’ll know what I mean. Be quick though, this show only runs until the 29th October.