Autumn in Scotland – 10 reasons to visit Scotland in autumn (with photos)

Fall in love with autumn in Scotland and find out why it’s a perfect time for visiting Scottish cities and the countryside.

Autumn in Scotland - reasons to visit Scotland in autumn

It’s official. The summer is over. The long dark nights, chilly evenings and crisp air have arrived. However, even though the weather in autumn might be a bit worse, it’s still a great time for a holiday break in Scotland. Why?

#1 There are fewer tourists

Autumn in Scotland Isle of Skye

The high summer tourist season is finished. The trails in the Highlands are deserted and the famous Scottish sites are empty. You can immerse yourself in the true remote Scottish feel, enjoy the quieter places and explore the real autumn in Scotland with only Scots around.

#2 Cheaper hotels and better availability

Autumn in Scotland hotels

With the smaller amount of tourists, the places that are usually booked well in advance in the summer months, now have better availability. It’s also way cheaper. You can find some great deals for Scottish retreats or romantic Highlands gateways. Check here for prices and availability.

#3 Beautiful shades of gold

Autumn in Scotland 10 reasons to visit

The grass on the moors turns red, the leaves on the trees are of shades of yellow and orange. You can find plenty of great autumn walks in Scotland to enjoy the warm colours of nature.

#4 No midges

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Enjoying wine and no midges!

The annoying little creatures are in the peak hatching season during summer. Luckily when the colder and windier days arrive, they are gone!

#5 You can see AuroraAurora in Scotland

Darker nights and shorter days give more possibilities to see the Northern Lights in Scotland. Check the best tips to see Aurora here.

#6 Spot the wildlife

Deer in Autumn in Scotland

Be it red squirrels, deer or pheasants, there is plenty of wildlife to watch during autumn in Scotland.

Read more: Ultimate packing list for Scotland for every season.

#7 Enjoy traditional food and drink

Food in Scotland Autumn

Nothing beats the delicious local produce straight from the autumn harvest. Succulent lamb, perfectly prepared game, tasty pears and apples. Wash it down with a wee dram of local whisky, sitting by the fire – what else do you need?

#8 Find the perfect photo opportunities

Autumn in Scotland

Sleep in for the beautiful sunrise and catch the early sunset. Use the soft and warm light to take those perfect pictures.

#9 Go to the Scottish events

Enchanted forest

Walk in the Enchanted forest of Pitlochry, watch the fireworks in the Guy Hawkes night or dance the night away on the Ceilidh. There’s plenty to do to keep you busy in autumn in Scotland.

#10 Discover the beautiful waterfalls

Waterfalls in Scotland

Everyone knows, that waterfalls look more spectacular when it rains and it rains quite a lot in autumn in Scotland 😉

And if it rains, you can see a beautiful rainbow.

Rainbow in Scotland

Would you like to come to Scotland in autumn? What else would you do? Let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Autumn in Scotland – 10 reasons to visit Scotland in autumn (with photos)

  1. I’ve always wanted to see the northern lights. All these pictures look absolutely stunning. Now I really want to go to Scotland to experience all these that you’ve listed.

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