October Holidays in Scotland might not be as cold as you think! Plus, this really is the perfect time of year to enjoy spectacular scenery, with plenty to do. Not only are the Scottish Highlands quieter on Autumn holidays than during summer months, but accommodation and travel rates are lower too. Also, most of our attractions and visitor centres still open. The waters are still warm from the summer months, so, outdoor activities are still plentiful. October is the month to watch the Highlands come alive with colour!
The Scottish Highlands in October offers some of the most wonderful sights as the colours of Autumn come alive. Make more of our picturesque walks, whilst crunching through leaves! Loch Ness in October enjoys the most vibrant scenery, the stag ruts are on and nature is alive with the Autumn harvest.
You may be wondering what the weather in the Scottish Highlands in October is like? Whilst we are approaching the winter months, generally, this side of Christmas stays a little warmer than the early months of the year. Temperatures are similar to that of Spring. With highs of 13°C, and lows of 6°C. Just bring a waterproof anorak and some warm jumpers. Scotland, after all, is known for as the place to experience all four seasons in one day!
A well known Scots saying is “If you don’t like the weather in Scotland, wait half an hour and it will change!”.
Whether you’re adrenaline-charged or a chilled adventurer. Here, we have a range of activities to help you absorb the magic of Autumn.
Explore our “Time Out For Me” Itinerary for a more sedate Autumn exploration. Stroll around our beautiful Ness islands, then enjoy coffee & cake on the river banks, or a 5-star afternoon tea at Ness Walk. Or a delicious lunch in Inverness. There are some delightful short walks to enjoy. Visit the Botanic Gardens or one of our many Historic places of interest around Inverness and Loch Ness. The Scottish Highlands in October has plenty for you to enjoy.
If you want to explore the Scottish Highlands in Autumn at speed, or with a little more of a challenge, you’ve come to the right playground! Take advantage of Scotland’s newest long-distance walking, cycling and running trail. The Loch Ness 360° Trail is a challenging 80-mile loop around the entirety Loch Ness. Enjoy stunning vistas on the north side and explore the unspoilt wild side along the south banks. Here you can also venture across the water with Explore Highland on a canoe trail.
If you want to do a spot of Munro Bagging, head north of Loch Ness to the spectacular Glen Strathfarrar. Here you can enjoy the outdoors at it’s best with four Munro’s to climb. Next door is the beautiful Glen Affric, one of the most scenic areas of Scotland. Known as “the most beautiful of the glens” Glen Affric is famous for its walking and hiking trails. Here you can enjoy a spot of horse riding in the Scottish Highlands too! Both glens are perfect for mountain biking in Scotland. You are sure to hear the calls of the stags going to rut. And experience nature getting ready for the winter hibernation.
Or head back East, to the beautiful historic village of Beauly and walk the grounds of Beauly Priory. Step back in time with a purchase from Campbell’s of Beauly and shop in the footsteps of royals. Or take in the Autumn colours from the water and canoe through Aigas Gorge.
No trip to Loch Ness is complete without a boat ride to explore the deep waters. And of course to look for the Loch Ness Monster! Enjoy RIB boat rides, cruises, sailing and canoe safaris on our magical loch. Most will take you along the waters of the wonderful Loch Ness castle ruins of Urquhart Castle. Or you can explore the castle and its history by foot. Set on the north shore of Loch Ness, this Castle is well worth a visit come rain or shine. Our region of the Highlands boasts six Scottish Castles, four of which you can explore for yourself.
Not to mention some wonderful engineering feats. Such as the epic Glenfinnan (Harry Potter) and Culloden Viaducts! And the wonderful Thomas Telford Bridges at Invermoriston. Whatever your passion, you are sure to be spoilt on your Autumn Holidays in the Highlands.FIND ACCOMMODATION
Explore our local guides on things to do and enjoy in the Autumn in the Highlands. We also have an abundance of Visitor Attractions perfect to explore during your Autumn Holidays.