An Ode to October

The summer’s been fantastic, with lots of walking done

Not so much rain in 2023, but lots of toasty sun!

But now the days are drawing in, the hordes have all gone home

But is there still another chance to have a little roam?

Where to go & what to see I often need to voice

Visit, there’s always lots of choice!

Yes, we do run trips in October, if you feel you would like to get that last adventure in before you hang up your boots for the winter!

October is a great time to walk; the trails can be quieter, the weather can be more settled, no midges in Scotland and the colours of autumn never disappoint!

The walking in the UK is amazing all year around but sometimes, there is even more to discover to make your walk even more memorable and I would say that this is definitely true of autumn.  To help encourage you to take that last adventure of 2023, we have a special October promotion Adventure Challenges | Adventure Company | Maximum Adventure

In Scotland, not only will you find the awesome autumn colours but also the dark skies due to very low light pollution, providing the perfect opportunity to study the stars! You might also catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights: What a treat that would be!

The autumn also ‘wakes up’ the wildlife, with geese on the wing, salmon leaping as they return to their birthplace to spawn and seals to see when walking along the coasts. But the main activity to listen out for and to be very aware of is the deer rut. You will hear the stags calling and fighting, showing their dominance over their territory and hind. Warning: they can be very unpredictable, so give lots of space between you and them.

We must also be mindful that it might be cold and wet, but hey, you can look forward to a cosy log fire to enjoy back at your accommodation, with a ‘wee dram’ or, cup of tea, in hand.

So where to go ….

The Rob Roy Way offers two of the best autumn walks around. The Falls of Dochart at Killin exhibit the cascading waters from the autumn rains, glinting in the low sun, surrounded by the ever-changing tree colours. There is also Queen’s View at Pitlochry, and a quick walk away is Allean Forest, with its birdlife & red squirrels in the treetops overhead. Pitlochry also has a salmon leap to help them on their way!

I know it’s only October but what about taking a trip along the Speyside Way, which gives opportunities to see seals on the coast, salmon on the river, squirrels through the trees and a visit  to a distillery or two, sample their wares and think – Christmas presents!!

The West Highland Way would be amazing in the autumn – a whole canvas of colour to treat yourselves to as you walk. There are a number of options from walking it in 4 days – probably not the best choice given the limited daylight hours to the 7, 8, or 9 night options, allowing lots of opportunity to take it all in. You could choose to do just the south or north of the trip!

Or take a wonderful drive along the A82 through Glencoe or train ride to Fort William to the start of the Great Glen Way, already giving the opportunity to enjoy the splendour of Scotland in autumn.

So much to do, so much to see, booking tab, here we come!!!