Autumn Adventures in Inverness and Loch Ness

Things to do in Autumn around Inverness and Loch Ness

Well, summer has passed and the days are getting shorter. But, did you know that autumn is a great time to visit the Scottish Highlands? The crowds have gone and the roads are much quieter. Thus it is generally a much more peaceful and relaxing experience. The weather too, has tended in recent years to be warm and dry, albeit it often cool in the mornings. So, here are our top recommendations for things to do in autumn around Inverness and Loch Ness.

1. Take a Walk at Glen Affric

Glen Affric in Autumn trees and river

There are many amazing walking trails around 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

The Falls of Foyers, waterfall on the River Foyers, which feeds Loch Ness,

What would autumn 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

Autumn heather on Culloden Battlefield Inverness

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!

A Red Squirrel in a wood looking into the camera

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. A Gin-teresting Way to spend Autumn

Blackthorn berries spilling out of a wooden bowl

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.

Visit Inverness and Loch Ness this Autumn

With so many things to see and do this autumn in Loch Ness and Inverness, there’s nothing left to do but visit Loch Ness and Inverness.