Autumn brings with it a fantastic array of colours and a fresh feel in the air. In Scotland, the start of autumn between September and late October is known locally as Autumn Gold. It is easy to see why the locals enjoy this period so much and why it’s such a popular time for tourists visiting Scotland.
Those golden autumn hues create a rich and warming seasonal palette that we associate with the end of summer, harvest festivals and the nights drawing in. Autumn time in Scotland is lush with copper colours, rusty reds and shades of gold alongside the lush evergreen of its forests.
Such is the buzz about Autumn Gold in Scotland, there are events, tours and markets focusing just on this. It’s a fascinating time of year to visit Scotland.
Celebrating Autumn Gold in Scotland
The Enchanted Forest
If you go down to the woods near Pitlochry of an autumn evening, you’re sure to be in for a big surprise. Not one of bears and picnics. But one of jaw-droppingly impressive light displays. In amongst the autumn colours of Faskally Wood, The Enchanted Forest is Scotland’s award winning light and sound event that runs through October and into November (4 October-4 November 2018).
Autumn Gold Safari
The team at Glenlivet Wildlife host wildlife safaris through the Braes of Glenlivet in the Cairngorms. It’s a fabulous opportunity to go off-roading in a classic British-built vehicle, the Defender, while getting up close to rare breeds such as the Black Grouse. Discover all the beauty of Highland wildlife in its natural habitat. It’ll be the most amazing morning or afternoon and incorporates some on-foot excursions on the hunt for spawning salmon and hunting otters.
Scottish Food Fortnight
Celebrating and promoting all there is to love about Scottish produce, Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight (1-16 September 2018) is an opportunity to taste and devour the best ingredients, produce, spirits and drinks created in Scotland. Look out for tastings and tours at distilleries, farmers markets and farmshops, throughout the fortnight.
Autumn Speyside Whisky Festival
The second of two annual whisky festivals in Dufftown, you could come back again in May for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival too. What we love about this autumn gold event is its low-key nature. Organised by local whisky enthusiasts, it’s a gathering of Speyside’s whisky producers and whisky fans, novice and connoisseur. Everyone’s welcome thanks to an abundance of fabulous Scottish hospitality.
As the nights draw in and the cosy log fires are lit, where better to take autumn holidays than in Scotland?
To fully appreciate all that Scotland has to offer during autumn why not have a look at staying in a traditional Scottish castle? Experience Scotland’s wealth of tradition and beautiful landscape first hand and still enjoy comfortable, cosy and welcoming accommodation. Book your perfect autumn holiday in Scotland with Scotts Castle Holidays.
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