We may well be biased (Macs Adventure HQ 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, climbing 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 Rob Roy 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 which has a real richness to the scenery, with mixed forestry, mountain peaks, and serene loch-sides.
Island of Skye
Walking from the Storr to Portree
Acclaimed as a place of dramatic scenery, Skye offers some fabulous walks. The Quiraing is a favourite with its odd geology and sweeping views. The weather can be bracing at this time of year, but as long as you are prepared with the right clothing (windproof and waterproof always!), it just adds to the sense of wonder and sense of adventure. Plus, the cosy hospitality at the end of the day is all the more appreciated!
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. You won't regret exploring Perthshire at this time of the year, and of course the warm and welcoming hotels and pubs are the perfect place to unwind and warm up!
Winding road to Applecross
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 a short diversion to spectacular Applecross, passing Durness along the route, and the miles and miles of wide open space.
Look up at Ben Nevis
Views of 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.
To find out more about Autumn walking adventures and availablity, contact our team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
This post has been updated from an original post by Fiona Outdoors posted in 2016.