Posted on 5th September 2013
My goodness the nights have suddenly become cooler. After the terrific summer we’ve noticed a little temperature drop here North of the Border! The sky is still blue, the sun is still out but there is that wonderful feeling of Autumn beginning to creep into the air. Perthshire is one of the most stunning parts of Scotland but I think it’s this time of year approaching that it really reaches its best. Swathes of gold’s, rusts and reds sweep the hills and surrounding countryside – our scenery is simply breath-taking.
You’ll notice I said “our breath-taking countryside!” – I feel as though I’m an honorary Scot and Perthite now! My flatmate and I are busy planning some events that are coming up in the area and it’s a real joy to be part of a community that attracts visitors from all over the world. Right here on our doorstep we have award winning events and attractions that have been designed and created specifically to celebrate the autumn nights and the uniquely special blend of Perthshire’s culture and nature.
Here are my favourite parts of Autumn in Perthshire!
BIG TREE COUNTRY
All around Perthshire the Scottish Forestry Commission work tirelessly to keep forests and woodlands in glowing health and great repair. The area has earned the well deserved moniker of Big Tree Country due its remarkable trees, woodlands and gardens. Anyone who is a keen walker, off road cyclist or hiker will be in awe as they explore our breathtaking countryside. Have a look at the Big Tree website for inspiration on exploring and geocaching!
THE ENCHANTED FOREST
I went last year for the first time to this event and I was blown away! The theme for this year’s Enchanted Forest is “Absorb” and the organisers are promising another “outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight”.
Here’s what they said… “In the Year of Natural Scotland, the creative talents of Kate Bonney (lighting designer) and RJ McConnell (sound designer) are fused to create an outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight.
Explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Faskally Wood near Pitlochry while watching dazzling visuals and innovative design and listening to an original music score, including a new orchestral piece. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world.”
Sounds wonderful doesn’t it? Jenny, my flatmate, and I are all booked up so you may see us there! You can book tickets online http://www.enchantedforest.org.uk/shop/tickets now.
This is an AMAZING festival of folk music that was started by the hugely popular Dougie McLean – you’ll know his “Caledonia” anthem, loved by Scots across the globe! There are lots of concerts, workshops and events over the 10 day period and they are held everywhere… From village halls to castles! Here’s what Dougie said..
“This is the 9th year of our festival and promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. Our venues are as special as ever … ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to our historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…18 venues in all in 2013!
The festival is always, always evolving (remember it began as just a weekend of concerts!) and this year we've put a lot of thought into the whole concept of 'Amber Discoveries' to complement our programme of concerts.”
Click through to find out more and buy tickets. http://www.perthshireamber.com/
If you would like to visit Perthshire over Autumn and enjoy some of these fabulous events then why not grab a few friends and book into an apartment for a mid-week break of long weekend? We have some fantastic offers on over late availability and you never know – you may even meet a famous singer or see a famous tree!
Have a great September,