The Priory Hotel
Autumn Activities in the Scottish Highlands
Things to do in Autumn in the Scottish Highlands
Autumn is a beautiful time of year to visit the Scottish Highlands. With cooler days, colourful landscapes and statistically less rain than July or August, you are bound to have a wonderful stay. The Highlands takes on a whole new look in Autumn when the stunning scenery is further enhanced by a natural display of imposing colours of oranges, coppers, reds, and golds.
The Inverness Botanic Gardens and Nursery is the perfect place to visit on a rainy day, the gardens opened in 1993 and have been a popular Inverness attraction ever since. They are described as a green emerald in the middle of Inverness city! An oasis of calm and beauty, they include a Tropical House, Cactus House and a beautiful outdoor garden which includes a spectacular Alpine Garden Open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm and is free to enter with donations welcomed.
Fans of the hit show Outlander can follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire Fraser and visit the many Outlander sites in and around Inverness. The Beauly Priory is right on our doorstep with other popular spots like Castle Leod (Strathpeffer), Culloden Battlefield (Inverness) and Fort George (near Nairn) just a short drive away. You don’t have to be a fan of the show to enjoy these locations, they are steeped in history and all make for a great day out.
Woodland and Beach walks
The Highlands are fantastic for those who love the great outdoors. There a variety of stunning beaches nearby including Rosemarkie and Nairn where you can enjoy the fresh sea air and relax to the sound of the waves. Or maybe you fancy taking a wild swim!
There are a number of woodland walks including Clash Woods, Reelig Glen, Culloden woods and many more, the autumn colours are breath-taking and are perfect for a spot of photography.
Head off on a dolphin watching tour with Dolphin Spirit for the day and take in the beautiful sites of the Moray Firth or if you prefer to do your own thing you can head to Chanonry Point in Fortrose where the Moray dolphins are seen most often, you can stroll along the peninsula and enjoy the view over to Fort George.
The Highlands has a vast natural playground which begs to be discovered, with so many outdoor activities at your fingertips, from hill walking and mountain biking to kayaking, abseiling and clay pigeon shooting, there is something for everyone.
Check out the fantastic businesses below to see some of what’s on offer in the local area:
In Your Element - https://iye.scot/inverness-loch-ness
Explore Highland - https://www.explorehighland.com
Loch Ness Riding - https://www.lochnessriding.co.uk