Autumn signals the end of peak golf season in Scotland but it’s still a great time to play golf in Perthshire, as the leaves turn rich red, gold and warm orange and the crisp air moves in. Nothing beats settling in front of a crackling fire for a comforting hot chocolate or wee dram after a round in such spectacular surroundings.
A well as experiencing the fantastic autumn colours on the courses, here’s a few tips from VisitScotland on some of Perthshire’s best Autumn events, drives and walks.
28 September – 29 October 2017
Faskally Wood, Perthshire
The Enchanted Forest is an outdoor sound and light show which takes place at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Visitors will be treated to a series of choreographed sound and light shows while they follow the path around the forest. Three times winner of Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards and recently crowned winner of the Rural Tourism & Hospitality Award at the 2016 Scottish Rural Awards, visitors can be sure of a warm welcome at this woodland wonderland that dazzles and delights.
Ticket cost: Priced from £10 (free for children under 3) www.enchantedforest.org.uk
Queen’s View, Perthshire
A drive through the Perthshire countryside is perfect for getting a taste of the autumn colours. And the B8019 road is ideal for seeing the Queen’s View. The Queen’s View is said to be one of the most photographed views in Scotland; its location on the North Shore of Loch Tummel in Highland Perthshire has everything - lochs, mountains and forests. The view was named after Queen Victoria visited there in 1866 and loved it. www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/queens-view-p402191
The Hermitage, Perthshire
Take a wander around this landscaped, almost cathedral-like, wooded grove of towering trees overlooking the spectacular falls of the River Braan. Perched high above is the delightfully restored Georgian folly of Ossian’s Hall, the perfect spot from which to spy red squirrels and salmon leaping up the falls.
Details: The Hermitage is open all year round and access is free of charge. www.nts.org.uk/Property/Hermitage/
Killin, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Fuelled by the autumn rain, the Falls of Dochart make for a sound and sight spectacular as the water cascades over the rocks and under the bridge. Follow part of the 12 mile route from Killin to Ardtalnaig, along the famous Rob Roy Way, for views over the head of Loch Tay towards the Tarmachan Ridge and Ben Lawers range.
Details: Access the Falls of Dochart for free all year round.
For further information on wonderful places to visit in Scotland this autumn, go to www.visitscotland.com
To download the VisitScotland autumn eBook go to: Autumn Adventures in Scotland