10 great locations for autumn colours
Scotland is ranked one of the best countries in the world for autumn views but don’t take our word for it, many tourists from overseas will tell you the same thing and Lonely Planet voted Scotland one of the top places in the world to see autumn leaves. Scotland is on par with New Hampshire in the USA and with the autumn colours set to peak this weekend, it’s the perfect time to capture stunning views. The colours typically last for around 7-10 days and to help you out we’ve put together some of the best locations for autumn photography in Scotland. So why not get out there and capture some cracking images to enter in the competition!
1 – The Hermitage, Dunkeld, Perthshire
The Hermitage is located just off the A9 at Dunkeld and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It includes a woodland walk which runs alongside the banks of the River Braan which carries on up to the Brack Linn waterfalls. A short walk in and you come to the stone bridge next to Ossian’s hall where you can capture images of the falls surrounded by colourful beeches and tall firs. Recent rain means the river is in spate providing great opportunities for drama in your images.
2. Muthill Village
Founded in the 1100s by the Culdee monks the quirky village of Muthill (pronounced mew-thill) lies 3 miles south of Crieff. In the village itself there are 2 churches close by that are enhanced by tall beeches and maples. In the nearby village green there are beautiful maples and limes that produce stunning displays throughout autumn. At certain times of the year, mysterious mannequins appear throughout the village on benches, above doors and outside windows.
3. Rumbling Bridge and the River Devon Gorge, Kinross-Shire
Rumbling bridge is a hamlet near the River Devon Gorge. It gets its name from an unusual stacked double bridge that passes over the gorge below. There is a walk on both sides with lots of tall trees that overlook numerous waterfalls as the river rushes through the gorge. There are a variety of colourful trees including beeches, maples, oaks and firs. The paths lie thick with leaves and the mosses on tree roots are especially vibrant after rain. The gorge by its very nature is a moist micro climate that makes it a fantastic location to capture vibrant colours throughout the year.
4. Dean Path, Edinburgh
The Dean Path is a beautiful and iconic walk in the capital city that runs alongside the Water of Leith from the Dean Village to Leith. On either side there are beautiful tall trees that complement the city’s architecture. The Dean village itself is highly photogenic and the nearby art galleries provide great opportunities to capture the vivid autumnal displays amid historic buildings. And as an added bonus, you might see the mysterious “leaf children” that appear at various points along the walk.
5. Bridge of Tilt, Blair Atholl
The walk along the River Tilt near Blair Atholl is one of the most beautiful in Highland Perthshire. It has some of the best Silver Birch and Beech displays of the autumn where branches thick with bright leaves overhang the river below. And there’s always the chance to see Salmon leaping as they make their way to the spawning grounds.
6. The Glen of Sorrow, Dollar, Clackmannanshire
Th town of Dollar in Clackmannanshire is a “hillfoot” village that sits at the foot of the Ochil Hills. From the centre of town there is a short walk that takes you up Dollar Glen and into the Glen of Sorrow. At the start of the walk there is an avenue of Cherry blossom trees that produce rich displays in autumn. Maples, beech and oaks are seen on the way up. At the top there are stunning views of Castle Campbell nestled amongst tall trees and the meandering stream. Often, the autumnal display here can last longer than usual – perhaps due to the sheltered location of the glen.
7. Drummond Castle Gardens
Drummond Castle is located approx 1 mile north of the village of Muthill. The gardens are considered to be one of the finest terraced gardens in Europe with many grand trees that produce magnificent displays in the Autumn. The approach to the castle is breathtaking in it’s own right comprising of a magnificent beech tree avenue that is a mile long! If you choose to walk the avenue you will be spoilt for choice. Midway up the avenue there are views across the loch with the mountains in the distance. The Castle is open till 31st October and you can visit their website at – http://www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk
8. The Trossachs National Park
The Trossachs National Park covers a large area from Loch Lomond to Tyndrum and include many lochs such as Katrine and Luibnaig. Strathyre forest has tall pines and there are Aspens to be seen in and around Loch Lomond. The lochs when set against the trees can be stunning either at first light or as the sun sets. For something different, try capturing the colourful ferns against the reflections and backdrops of the mountains.
The rolling hills of Peeblesshire are situated in the Scottish Borders and offer a wealth of photographic opportunities. In autumn the picturesque town of Peebles situated by the banks of the River Tweed can be especially colourful. Walks along the river and several nearby forests make for a vivid display in a beautiful setting. Dawyck Botanic Gardens with the foliage around the “Bridge of Sighs” can be particularly colourful.
10. Royal Deeside
There are many beautiful areas along Royal Deeside where you can capture vivid foliage. From the forests around Braemar to the open countryside many opportunities are to be had. Crathes Castle gardens has several walks where you can capture great colours and the sparser areas of country give plenty opportunities for lone trees in the landscape.