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Six great places to walk in a Scottish autumn

We may well be biased since Macs Adventure is based in Scotland, but we think that the Scottish landscape looks utterly gorgeous in autumn. The many trees turn a fabulous spectrum of reds, oranges and yellows, while moorlands and mountains feature golden hues of browns during a Scottish autumn. Some mountain tops will also be dusted with early snowfall and with many days of bright skies and often calm weather, this time of year can be fantastic for walking.


Look out for migrating wildlife as you walk and listen for the eerie sounds of the roars of stags as they approach the rutting season. The autumn season is normally a good time to avoid the dreaded midge, too. The wee biting beasties mostly disappear, only to return in the summer months.

Glencoe, the Highlands


Whether it’s on the West Highland Way, a Munro (mountains in Scotland of at least 3,000ft) or strolling a valley, Glencoe is hard to beat for stunning high-rise scenery. Enjoy the oranges and browns of an autumnal palate in Glencoe.

The Trossachs

A view of The Trossachs. Pic credit: John McSporran on Flickr creative commons.

A view of The Trossachs. Pic credit: John McSporran on Flickr creative commons.

The West Highland Way passes through the Trossachs as part of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. There are also many miles of trails, woodland paths and mountain routes to enjoy in this beautiful area at the heart of central Scotland.

Island of Skye

The Quirang, Skye. Pic credit: John McSporran on Flickr creative commons.

The Quiraing, Skye. Pic credit: John McSporran on Flickr creative commons.

Acclaimed as a place of dramatic scenery, Skye offers some fabulous walks. The Quiraing is a favourite with its odd geology and sweeping views. A drive and hike: Inner Hebrides & Skye holidays gives the flexibility to choose when you walk so that you can make sure the days are fine.

Big Tree Country


Perthshire is known as Big Tree Country and in autumn the countryside and trees look like they have been painted from a bright artist’s pallet. The Highland Perthshire Trail is a great choice at this time of the year.

North-west Scotland

Picturesque Loch Maree.

Picturesque Loch Maree.

The North Coast 500 route is perfect for autumn thanks to a combination of driving and hiking options. There are so many highlights of this beautiful journey, including spectacular Loch Maree.

Look up at Ben Nevis


Ben Nevis is the UK’s tallest mountain and is a tremendous sight all year round. Hopefully, you’ll get to see it with a cloud-free top. The colours of the Highlands landscape in autumn only add to the mountain’s grand scale and beauty. You can see Ben Nevis when walking the Great Glen Way.

Tell us your favourite locations for autumnal walking.

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