3 Aug 2019
An autumn holiday in the Highlands of Scotland has so much to offer that it would be a shame not to experience as much of the area as possible.
Even traveling through the russet-enriched countryside is an experience in itself, not to mention the sheer beauty when you reach your destinations.
Watch the red squirrels preparing for the winter as they scurry around glens that almost glow in the shadow of the russet leaves. See the salmon swimming majestically upstream and do not be surprised by the sound of the roaring stags.
This is a region of Scotland where coach holidays in the UK show their value. There is so much to see around you that you will struggle to tear yourself from your seat.
Autumn is the ideal season to visit the Highlands. It is the perfect time for the photography enthusiast thanks to the autumn colors that transform the scenery from the stunning to the spectacular and offers weather perfect for hill walking.
There is also an array of other activities on offer, helping to make the Highlands the destination of choice for so many different kinds of people.
The water of life
There are castles and museums to visit, boat trips and steam trains, mystical lochs, and magical islands, and ancient monuments and gardens aplenty. Then, of course, there is the whiskey – the perfect antidote to an autumn chill. The Highlands are home to some of the finest distilleries in the world, including those belonging to Glenmorangie, Dalmore, and Glen Ord. Take a tour and sample what many Scots call the ‘water of life’.
If you sample a little too much just beware of the effects of one of the other things the Highlands are most famous for – the music. This is as varied as it is rich, calling back to traditions that date back centuries. Today, ceilidhs can take the form of everything from formal concerts to all-welcoming dances. There are events aplenty across the area if you want to swing your kilt with the local folk.
Play the games
If you plan to visit in late summer or early autumn, there are yet more seasonal sights to be had – the Highland Games. In September, there are events in Carrbridge and Invercharron, so if you have always fancied witnessing the tossing of the caber or a traditional tug-o-war, you know where to go. Even if you are not interested in the sporting side of the Games, there are plenty of other attractions on offer. Expect goosebumps as you witness the pipers and dancers performing against a backdrop as majestic as they come. There will most certainly be a vast array of photographic opportunities during your day but this will be one occasion you will not need help you remember. A trip to the Highlands is an unforgettable experience, one that will live on in your mind’s eye forever.