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Scotland is the ideal destination for an autumn getaway, whether you’re planning a scenic road trip, a couples break or an October half term holiday with the kids. Take some time out from the stresses of everyday life to discover this magnificent country during a stay at one of our Best of British holiday parks.
Here’s just 6 of our favourite reasons to visit Scotland this autumn.
1. Scenic landscapes
Scotland is renowned for its stunning landscapes and incredible views. What better time to experience them for yourself than during the autumn months, when the crowds of summer have gone, the air is crisp and the forests are turning an impressive shade of orange and gold. Take a walk through one of the picturesque forest parks to truly appreciate your surroundings. We highly recommend a trip to Glentrool Visitor Centre, where you can a enjoy spectacular backdrop and incredible reflections on Loch Trool.
If you’re seeking a Scottish adventure why not embark on a scenic road trip and stay at a Best of British holiday park along the way? The South West Coastal 300 and Fife Coastal Route, in particular, offer the perfect way to see an array of changing landscapes so that you can make the most of your time in Scotland.
2. Incredible events
Throughout the months of October and November there are some excellent events happening across the country. One of the highlights of the Autumn calendar is the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry, which sees Faskally Woods transformed into a spectacular sounds and lights show.
3. Delicious food
Scotland is fast becoming a foodie destination, renowned for its abundance of acclaimed restaurants and delicious produce. Sample a range of culinary delights during your stay including, wholesome root vegetables, fresh shellfish and fruits such as apples, pears and berries. At this time of year game meat is plentiful, so why not take the opportunity to try something new! If you’d prefer to use to cook up a storm in the comfort of your self-catering accommodation, there are a number of farmers markets taking place in towns and cities across the country.
No trip to Scotland is complete without taking the time to discover some of the region’s native wildlife. Autumn is rutting season, which means that stags battle for female companionship in an impressive display of dominance. The deer often lock antlers in an almighty display, which is spectacular to witness, but best viewed from a distance.
October and November are also the perfect time to head to the rivers across the country to look for Atlantic salmon as they make their way to their breeding grounds. Each year they embark on a treacherous journey upstream, which can involve scaling waterfalls and currents.
5. Spectacular stargazing
Scotland is the ideal place to try a spot of stargazing, thanks to its vast expanse of rural land and exceptionally low levels of light pollution. Galloway Forest Park boasts the UK’s first Dark Sky Park and is home to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, where you can overserve the night sky through powerful telescopes.
As the autumn nights draw in, dress up warm, don your walking boots and head out into the park with a sense of adventure to admire the inky black skies above. You’ll be amazed at the clarity and sheer abundance of stars lighting up the sky. If you’re exceptionally lucky you may witness the Northern Lights or the ‘Merry Dancers’ as they are fondly known in Scotland. Although rare, this natural phenomenon will leave you speechless and provide holiday memories to last a lifetime.
6. Adventure activities
Just because the summers over doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. There are so many adventure activities to try during your time in Scotland, you’ll find it difficult to choose. A firm favourite with families is mountain biking and there are so many trails and tracks to explore. Other activities include tree climbing, open canoeing and hiking.
Best of British holiday parks in Scotland
The Best of British group are proud to have 6, 5-star family run holiday parks in prime locations across Scotland. Located within easy reach of National Parks, awesome activities and some of the best scenery the country has to offer, they make the perfect base for your Scottish adventure.
Brighouse Bay Holiday Park – Dumfries & Galloway
Riverview Caravan Park – Angus
Blair Castle Caravan Park – Perthshire
Auchenlaries Holiday Park – Dumfries & Galloway
Header photo image credit: Ian Dick, Flickr