Our favourite forests to visit this autumn
Autumn in Scotland is truly spectacular as our forests and lands start to glow a vibrant orange and yellow - making it a great time to visit our beautiful woodlands.
This stunning display happens when broadleaf and some conifer trees start preparing for winter. The shorter and cooler days give the trees a signal to slow down and stop photosynthesis; this causes the colours to change.
Learn more about why trees turn colour in autumn.
Here are some of our favourite autumn walks that are sure to capture your imagination.
Faskally is in the heart of Perthshire, which is always a fantastic place to experience autumn. This site was once a school for young foresters and is home to a rich mixed forest and a calm loch where you can find kingfishers and herons.
The Dunmore Trail is one of our all-abilities trails trails that takes you through a scenic autumn woodland, while the Forester’s Trail loops you along Loch Faskally, where you can see the autumn colours in full force. You might want to head along the road to Queen’s View Visitor Centre for incredible views over Loch Tummel.
This stunning riverside walk takes you through a gentle woodland stretching along the Black Water river. This now quiet forest was once bustling with the sounds of cattle and soldiers as its distinctive stone bridges were built by the army and cattle herders.
The Silverbridge and Wade’s Bridge sit along the Two Bridges Trail, a 3.3 km strenuous hike that takes you through peaty ponds, rapids, and between these historic bridges.
This great woodland is complete with a beach, historic structures, and an excellent place for spotting seabirds this autumn. Take a stole along the white sandy beach while you explore the historic defence structures built during WW2. These concrete remnants were once used as anti-tank blockades and pillboxes.
Roseisle is also home to some wonderful walking trails. Take a stroll down the Millie Bothy trail through a lovely coastal pine forest to an old fishermen's bothy and the sparkling Millie Burn. Or, wander along the Wildlife Walk Trail. You might be lucky enough to spot a red squirrel or seal.
Take a scenic waterside walk around the Carron Valley Reservoir. This moderate trail has many play features, picnic spots, and spectacular autumn views.
Carron Valley is also home to the Red Route mountain bikes path. This single-track course is fast and fun all year round. Make sure to stop at the top and admire the stunning autumn views of the great Eas Dubh or Black Waterfall.
Falls of Shin
Ancient woodland, Atlantic salmon and thundering falls, this woodland is a great spot to spend the day exploring with the whole family.
Near the Visitor Centre, you will find a short easy access route suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. From here, you can explore some of the longer trails that weave through towering spruce trees and native riverside woodlands.
The Falls of Shin gets its name from the River Shin. Though stunning any time of the year, it comes alive with vibrant colours and the crisp autumn air in the autumn.
Galloway Forest Park
Galloway Forest Park is made up of a number of forests, each with its own unique features and attractions. No matter where you go, Galloway has something exciting for you.
Galloway Forest Park is a great place to visit all year long. However, autumn is one of the best times to visit Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park. With the days getting shorter, our stars become more visible, making this a trip you won’t soon forget.
Galloway's Dark Sky Park is easily accessible from Kirroughtree Visitor Centre.