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Nothing beats nature's natural fireworks display each autumn in the forest. As the nights draw in, frost creeps across the ground, and the air becomes crisp, there's no better time to get out and about, and make some memories in the woods.

A man and woman walk a dog along a tree-lined river bank

Make the most of this seasonal spectacular with our round up of activities, destinations and treats, or head to our Events page to find out what's happening at our visitor centres this Halloween and beyond.

Check out our beautiful guide to getting outdoors this autumn, produced alongside VisitScotland, for inspiration:

Autumn Adventures in Scotland microsite


Tree trunks with red, yellow and orange leaves aboveSpectacular autumn destinations

Discover incredible places to walk and see the forest's colours. We've counted down our top ten Scottish destinations for autumn leaves.



Black and white illustration of leaves and flowersAwesome autumn activities

While away the rainy days with our great collection of autumn activities – and not just for kids! We've got plenty to keep the adults entertained as well.



Varied collection of brightly coloured leavesLeaf colour chemistry explained

The best part of autumn - the leaves turn into an explosion of different colours! Find out why, and learn how to spot different tree species from their fallen leaves.

Autumn colours


Various types of mushroom laid out on a grey surfaceSustainable forest foraging

Enjoy the spoils of the earth with our guide to finding tasty treats in the outdoors. From mushrooms to blaeberries and wild garlic - we've got you covered!

Foraging tips


Pencil drawing of a graveyardSpooky spots to visit

Get in the mood for Halloween with our guide to some of Scotland's spookiest locations. Haunted castles and ruins and blood-curdling history await...

Halloween tales


Green, yellow and red aurora borealis above a silhouette of rolling hillsAutumn stargazing at Galloway's Dark Sky Park

The Autumn's early nightfall makes for the perfect time to stargaze. Why not visit the UK's first Dark Sky Park and see for yourself?