Having an autumn break in Scotland gives visitors a chance to experience the beauty of Scotland without all the tourists! The trees are stunning in the autumn and for many this is the ideal time for a short break in Scotland - Perthshire (which markets itself as Big Tree Country) is particularly stunning in the autumn, when the trees are changing colour to magnificent orange, gold and red hues. There are some fantastic walks where you can see spectacular autumn colours - The Queen's View over Loch Tummel, The Hermitage and Lady Mary's Walk in Crieff are some of our favourites. Self-catering properties have more availability in the autumn so you can you chose the most suitable time to come and hopefully find a cheap break. If you are flying to Scotland for an autumn break then flights are often very good value during September, October and November.
A Scottish autumn short break is a perfect chance to recharge your batteries before the winter sets in. The weather can be sunny and surprisingly warm during the autumn months in Scotland - crisp mornings often give way to days filled with sun. It is a great time for walking through the countryside and admiring the changing leaves on the trees as summer gives way to autumn and before winter arrives. It's also a very popular time for fishing and shooting holidays too. Visit Scotland markets autumn holiday breaks as Autumn Gold and this certainly describes the trees at this time of year. Most historic attractions that close for the winter are still open if you come during September or October, so you can visit castles, historic houses and gardens including National Trust for Scotland properties.
Scotland is perhaps seen at her best during the autumn and a self-catering holiday in the autumn offers a cheap break - the colours are stunning (rich gold and reds abound) and if you rent a cottage with a log fire for your autumn break then you can have a cosy self-catering holiday in Scotland during the autumn months. The October half term is also a popular time to visit Scotland - renting a country cottage or a city self-catering apartment provides entertainment for all the family. The Christmas term is a long and tiring one for children so taking a holiday over the October half term is a great idea for everyone to recharge their batteries - a trip to The Enchanted Forest at Pitlochry is a popular excursion to enjoy an amazing sound and light spectacle in a forest. Autumn is also a great time to spot wildlife - it's rutting season for the red deer as stags roar to compete to mate with the females - an unforgettable sight and sound in the highlands. If you are on the west coast then you will be able to see the seals appear with their pups and the barnacle geese arrive in the Hebridean islands - Galloway and Aberdeenshire are also good places to see large flocks of geese feeding on farmland. An autumn break in Scotland is arguably the best time to visit and enjoy all this wonderful country has to offer!