Summer may have passed and the days are getting shorter, but autumn is a great time to visit Inverness and Loch Ness. The crowds have gone and the roads are much quieter and thus it is generally a much more peaceful and relaxing time to visit. The weather too, particularly in early October, has tended in recent years to be warm and dry, albeit it often cool in the mornings. So what do we recommend you just have to do if you are spending autumn in Loch Ness and Inverness?
1. Take a walk in Glen Affric
There are many amazing walking trails in Loch Ness and Inverness. But the most beautiful glen in Scotland, Glen Affric, is truly magical in autumn when the leaves are turning. Often too, early snowfalls give a white dusting to the high mountain summits adding to the experience.
2. Visit the Falls of Foyers
What would autumn in Loch Ness and Inverness be without visiting the Falls of Foyers and then enjoying coffee around an open fire at Cameron’s Tea room? Alternatively, follow the trail around the kettle hole lochans at Littlemill, and then go for coffee around an open fire at Daviot Dairy.
3. Visit Culloden Battlefield
The Battle of Culloden took place on the 16th April 1746. It was the last battle fought on British soil and changed the course of Highland history. In autumn, the purple heather still blooms across the moor where so many clansmen died, giving a quite unique feel to this most important of Scotland’s battlefield sites. It’s why visiting Culloden Battlefield is one of our favourite things to do in autumn in Loch Ness and Inverness.
4. Watch the wildlife!
In autumn, red squirrels are everywhere around Loch Ness, busy collecting supplies of hazelnuts for winter. Just watch out for them when driving, they have a tendency to run out in front of cars! Alternatively, there are some great places to see large numbers of red deer close to roadsides as the rutting season commences. Suidhe on the south side of Loch Ness is a particularly good place to see them.
5. Enjoy A Gin-teresting Way To Spend Autumn in Loch Ness and Inverness
And for something completely different, pick blackthorn berries after the first frosts of autumn, take them home and make your own sloe gin! Blackthorn trees grow wild and plentiful in the area.
With so much to see and do this autumn in Loch Ness and Inverness, there’s nothing left to do but visit Loch Ness and Inverness.