Autumn Wonder in the heart of Scotland...
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The Americans call travel based around the autumnal woodland colours Leaf Peeping. Quite honestly though there’s nothing subtle about the spectacular fiery displays lighting up the forests in Scotland, so we’re calling it foliage gawping!
Such is the brilliance of the autumnal woodland display around the beautiful Perthshire town of Pitlochry that we think it makes a fine base for a short jaunt particularly as we’ve coincided our trip with a visit to the Enchanted Forest, the wonderful light and sound show in Faskally Wood.
So if you’re wanting to yomp and stomp through beguiling woodland and marvel at the dazzling display and sheer creative awesomeness of Scotland’s premier light show then read on!
In a nutshell:
- Be doubly-mesmerised – both by the fantastic daytime display of woodland colours and the evening’s light show at the Enchanted Forest
- Feel the relaxing, peaceful effects of walking through the woods.
- Revel in a Scottish autumn – whisky, wonderful open fires as well as wicked (we’re struggling with w’s!) food.
- Enjoy the company of a small group of fellow Foliage Gawpers.
Enchanted Forest 2020 dates:
- Thursday 8th – Sunday 11th October
- Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th October
- Saturday 24th – Tuesday 27th October
We arrange to collect you either from Edinburgh at 9am or 9.30am from Edinburgh airport.
From there, we whisk you away from hectic city life to the genteel surroundings of Pitlochry around 1.5 hours’ drive away. On route we will stop for a lovely walk and chance to stretch your legs. Our hostel is located centrally in the town and the rooms are all twin-bedded and en-suite so at most you’ll only be sharing with one other person.
Once we’re settled in, we head out to a pub and settle in for the first evening of good old Scottish hospitality (nb: this meal is not included in the overall price), sitting in front of an open fire and no doubt eyeing up the tantalising line-up of whiskies.
After breakfast we head out for a walk along the delightfully named Killiecrankie Path, an easy walking route that showcases the best of the scenery by crossing the River Tummel and then following the River Garry.
Here the trees practically jostle for the limelight as the colours of their leaves try and outdo each other.
Expect to see every shade of red, orange and gold as we stroll along in the oak, beech and birch woodland lining the gorge before we reach Soldier’s Leap, so-named as it marks the spot where a Redcoat soldier leapt 18 feet across the raging river to escape the Jacobites.
From here we loop back and after a full day out, we head back to the hostel for some down-time before a local pub beckons us for our evening meal.
Today we head out for a shorter walk, possibly jumping on the bus to the nearby village of Strathtay on the banks of the beautiful River Tay.
Here we pick up tracks through the forest, looking out for the ancient standing stones as we take a route onto open moor with fine views across to Blair Atholl.
Once back at the hostel we will have time to freshen up before heading out for an early evening pub tea. We then make our way to the Enchanted Forest (tickets included in the weekend) where we guarantee you’ll be entranced by the light and sound spectacle.
If you want to know more there’s a dedicated website www.enchantedforest.org.ukto the event but expect to follow a forest trail that comes alive after dark with a breath taking visual display and a rousing music score.
After breakfast, and with all our bags packed, we have time for a short, sedate walk before we drop you back at Edinburgh around mid-afternoon.
Good to know:
We will be offering free collection from Edinburgh Train Station at 9am and Edinburgh Airport at 9:30am on the first day dropping you back here for around 4pm on the last day. This is limited to just 8 places and must be booked by contacting the office.
If you wish to drive your welcome make your own arrangements we will contact you about where to meet for the first walk on day one.
Nearest Train Station: Pitlochry, This is a short 10 minute walk to the hostel.
- Three nights’ accommodation with breakfasts and packed lunches for the walks.
- Two full days of walks plus two half-day walks – all accompanied by a Large Outdoors Guide
- Entry to the Enchanted forest
Please note evening meals or lunch whilst traveling to and from Pitlochry on the first and last day are not included.
Age Limit: You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.
Dogs: I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.
Solo Travellers: This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s – For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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