Autumn in Argyll

Robert Burns was certainly onto something when he wrote about autumn in Scotland and its tendency to stir the soul; it’s a time for orange and red leaves, lazy afternoon walks, cosy jumpers, a warm bowl of soup, picking pumpkins (or turnips, as is the historical preference in Scotland) for Halloween, or perhaps celebrating the tradition of Samhain (pronounced sah-wen) on 31 October.


The lazy mist hangs from the brow of the hill,
"Concealing the course of the dark winding rill;
“How languid the scenes, late so sprightly, appear,
“As Autumn to Winter resigns the pale year...”*

(The Lazy Mist by Robert Burns)




There’s still time to plan for a trip to Argyll this autumn, whether this is spent indoors and indulging in Còsagach (Scotland’s version of hygge); enjoying the outdoors and taking in the beautiful scenery; or exploring some history and local gems. Leaf-peepers across Scotland have welcomed the autumnal months with open arms and walking boots on as they prepare to savour the crisp crunch of autumn leaves under foot. September, October and November is prime leaf-peeping season and Scotland’s lush forests offer plenty of opportunity to get out and about.


So come discover some autumnal inspiration in and around Argyll for an escape not too far from home.


Avich Falls, Davalich Forest, Argyll & Bute


This dainty pocket of waterfalls in woodland by Loch Avich is well worth a visit especially when the leaves start to turn a vivid gold and the scene takes on a magical quality. The circular walk to see them is worth the effort, especially following rainfall when the water becomes a powerful torrent.


Sutherland's Grove, Argyll & Bute


This Forestry Commission walking trail between Oban and Glencoe passes through gorges and waterfalls and is absolutely beautiful in the fall. Choose to hike the various trails or bring the kids' bikes for a pedal through the forest and be sure to bring a picnic.


Loch Lubhair, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs


Just north of Crianlarich on the A85, the calm waters of Loch Lubhair on the River Dochart reflect the yellows and orange of the turning trees. Visit at sunset on a clear day to see the hues intensify and the water reflect the dramatic surrounding scenery.


Loch Awe, Argyll & Bute


Scotland's longest freshwater loch is surely one of its most beautiful, and even more so in autumn. Iconic buildings such as St Conan's Kirk and Kilchurn Castle are framed by shades of rust and gold, providing a picture perfect opportunity.



Crisp autumn days are great for an Oban Walking Tour. Bring a warm coat for this stroll around the Wee Bay with our STGA certified guide. Tours are limited to one household, maximum 6 people. Get in touch today about an Oban Walking Tour!


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