The Colourful Autumn Displays In Scotland

Everyone knows how beautiful the fall foliage is in New England but did you know Scotland has it too!  With unspoilt landscapes, rolling hills and the dramatic Munro’s.  A visit to Scotland is a must!

The colourful Autumnal displays can be seen throughout Scotland.  Here are some of the best places to see Autumn in Scotland!

Best Places to See Autumn in Scotland


Edinburgh is a great location for a city break with accommodation to suit all budgets, a large variety of restaurants and shops.  There is also a number of historical attractions suitable for all ages such as Edinburgh Castle, Hollyrood Palace, Sir Walter Scott Monument, Mary’s Kings Close and much much more!

Princes Street Gardens

Best Places to See Autumn in Scotland: Princes Street Gardens with their Autumn colours ©MDHarding
Princes Street Gardens with their Autumn colours ©MDHarding

In the heart of the city lies Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh that runs alongside the popular Princes Street Gardens which formed as a public park in 1876. The gardens are in two half’s one on the East and the other on the West which are separated in the middle by The Mound. (If visiting during the summer months look out for the Floral Clock!)

The Royal Botanical Gardens

Best Places to See Autumn in Scotland: Views of Edinburgh Castle from the Royal Botanical Gardens ©MDHarding
Views of Edinburgh Castle from the Royal Botanical Gardens ©MDHarding

The Botanical Gardens are great to visit all year round and within easy reach, at only a 20 minute walk from Princes Street that makes it so easy to visit. The site for the gardens were founded in the 17th century, from that time the gardens have grown in size to 31 acres. Areas of interest to visit include but not limited to are the Chinese Hillside and Pavilion, Woodland Garden, Rock Garden and Stream. From now until the 22nd November see the gardens in a whole new light during the evening – Botanic Lights 2015.

There are also a number of easily accessible parks in and the surrounding areas of Edinburgh such as Holyrood Park, The Meadows, Blackford Pond and Corstorphine Hill.

Both Holyrood Park and The Meadows are located in the city centre. Blackford Pond is located by the Royal Observatory and Corstorphine Hill is located by Edinburgh Zoo. With the surrounding area of Blackford Pond and Corstorphine Hill having higher elevation points this offers the additional bonus of views out over the city.

For wildlife enthusiasts look for a variety of bird species and Grey Squirrels at the above locations.

Pitlochry and the Scottish Highlands

For those with a bit more time I would highly recommend renting a car and taking a trip up into the Scottish Highlands.  A  scenic drive with idyllic stopping points and many photograph opportunities. One of the most famous being The Forestry Commissions – Queen’s View.

Best Places to See Autumn in Scotland: Autumn at the Fish Ladder & Dam, Pitlochry ©MDHarding
Autumn at the Fish Ladder & Dam, Pitlochry ©MDHarding

Pitlochry is only a two hour drive from Edinburgh with its quaint little high street and lovely walks. It makes an ideal spot for a stop and stay with many neighbouring places to explore. One of the must walks in the area takes you to the Fish Ladder and Dam. The Fish Ladder and Dam walk starts from the centre of Pitlochry and takes around 40 minutes. The Damming of the River Tummel created Loch Faskally at over 5km in length. From April to August is peak season to see the Salmon leaping up stream and then again from September till October . The walk is mostly flat, then a number of stairs leading up to the Dam. Comfortable closed walking shoes are a must for navigating over the woodland floor. Look out for the Red Squirrels and numerous species of Birds of Prey.

Best Places to See Autumn in Scotland: Autumn over Loch Faskally ©MDHarding
Autumn over Loch Faskally ©MDHarding

Have you seen the vistas from Queen’s View? Or perhaps you have anything to add to our list of best places to see autumn in Scotland? We would love to hear your stories, comments or any questions. Please drop them below. We hope you have enjoyed reading, please don’t forget to share! Happy Travels:) x

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