AS THE countryside blazes shades of reds, golds and oranges, autumn is the most colourful season in which to visit the Highlands and Islands. Falling between the busy summer and festive seasons, fall breaks tender exceptional value for money, with many accommodation providers offering special deals. An autumn holiday promises tranquillity and uncrowded attractions, along with spells of lovely, crisp weather perfect for fun activities.
AVOID THE CROWDS
Cycling and hiking is a great way to be immersed in autumn’s palette, especially for those who want to avoid the crowds of summer. Trails can be jammed with masses of people during the high season, but often the weather is just as nice in the fall, allowing one to enjoy nature’s own slide show in peace and quiet.
Photography buffs love fall in the Highlands and Islands. The vibrant leaves make an already fairytale landscape even more ethe- real. Postcard perfect photo opportunities abound. This is a wonderful background for family or couples portraits.
Wildlife watching is also prime at this time of year, as the red squirrels, deer, otters and foxes busily ready themselves for the long winter season ahead. Birds are migrating at this time as well. All one needs is a pair of binoculars to enjoy the show.
Camping with the family is a great activity for the fall. Imagine drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows as the family shares stories around the campfi re. And thankfully, in the autumn, those dastardly midgies won’t ruin the trip!
Sightseeing in autumn is easy as the crowds of summer have long gone. No waiting all night for a seat at restaurants, or getting on the waiting list for that must-see attraction. National Trust for Scotland gardens abound here, and the fall colour is spectacular. Oban and the surrounding areas are some of the world’s top holiday destinations for vacationers from all over the globe, but those lucky enough to live here can take advantage of special deals and quieter attractions in the autumn, too. The ‘staycation’ is the hottest trend in holidays, when budgets and/or time are tight- or just for exploring one’s own backyard. Heading out to a rural lodge, island cottage, city hotel or campsite just a few miles from home can provide all the benefits and fun of a holiday abroad- for less.
Many top rate accommodations in the area offer uniquely Scottish experiences, from weekend jaunts to longer holidays. Rustic inns, touring parks or chic hotels- whatever one’s taste, Highland hospitality assures a memorable getaway. Imagine spending the day strolling through an enchanted autumnal forest, then the evening sitting around a blazing fireplace enjoying world class food and a dram of the globe’s finest whisky- perfect!