Autumn is by far one of the best times of year for spotting some of Scotland’s rich and varied wildlife as a real sense of change sweeps over our natural environment.
Red Deer – from September you can hear the echoing sound of stags roaring and clattering antlers as they gather in the sheltered glens for the annual rut, competing to mate with the females.
Grey Seal – Scotland accounts for 40% of the worlds grey seal population and in autumn they land with their fur coated pups on the islands off the west coast of Scotland.
Barnacle Geese – some 25,000 of these breeding birds descend on the Hebrides to escape the harsher climate of Spitsbergen in Norway. Many other migrating geese can regularly be seen in our area as they roost overnight in the fields.
Many underrate autumn in Scotland thinking that Scotland is full of evergreens, however the golden hues of autumn are best viewed against the backdrop of the famous Scot’s Pine.
Almost one fifth of Scotland’s land area is covered in trees. There are plenty of deciduous trees to be admired up here, from ancient hedges on castle grounds to areas of deciduous or mixed woodland. Of course famous for it is ‘Big Tree Country’, Perthshire, home to the highest hedge in the world standing at 30 metres tall! The leaves on the trees start to change colour in early autumn and are in their full glory by the end of September right through to the end of October. Combine all of this with the deer-grass on the moors when it turns that wonderful russet red and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice photo opportunity.
It’s the perfect time to enjoy walks through multi coloured landscapes as the lochs are nestled against a backdrop of red, gold and amber.
The stunning shades of gold and the active wildlife are not the only reason to come to Scotland in autumn. After a day exploring your wonderful surroundings you can indulge in some of the most amazing local produce from the autumn harvest.
The apples, plums, pears and damsons are at their most delicious and make wonderful jams and desserts. Lamb is at it’s most succulent in autumn and game is readily available. Native Scottish oysters are at their most delicious from October through the colder months.
The Scottish highland midge normally starts hatching in May or early June and are hovering around during the summer months although anything more than a 4 mile breeze and you’re safe, as they can’t fly in it. Once autumn arrives and any sign of frost the midges start to die off leaving us to enjoy the wilderness in peace.
If you are planning an autumn holiday why not consider one of our self-catering holiday cottages, some of which are located where the autumn colours and wildlife are visible from the doorstep!