I was all set to comment on the Autumn weather when Perthshire decided to join in the glorious Indian Summer. It has been wonderful in our little corner of the world with bright, sunny days and shimmering rays of sun lighting up the golds, russets and reds of the changing leaves. Autumn truly is wonderful in Perthshire – our ' Tree Country' moniker comes well deserved!
Nature may be one of our strongest pulls at this time of year and you can trust the multi award-winning Enchanted Forest to take full advantage and showcase the best of what of we have to offer. For three weeks in October, this stunning event lights up Faskgally Woods and brings a little magic to Highland Perthshire. People come from all over the UK (and the world!) to see our Enchanted Forest so our season stretches all the way into November – please, please be quick if you’re looking for one of our homes!
It’s not just Pitlochry that embraces nature in these Autumn months; Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst annually celebrates the life, work and play of the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. The modern day Tryst is a walking festival that offers a wonderful programme of guided walks and a fantastic mountain biking event.
The walks are guided and range from easy to challenging and all take place among the wonderful autumn colours of Strathearn. You’ll find a host of wildlife, plants, trees, history along the way and there is a raft of enjoyable evening social events, with music, drama, film and dancing! Book into one of our Crieff properties and you’ll find yourself right in the heart of the Festival.
Talking of festivals… Perthshire Amber is Dougie McLean’s celebration of the finest of Scotland' musical talent. The festival is a decade old this year Dougie is celebrating 40 years as a touring musician! For all that has gone before, it just keeps getting better and better – if you’re a traditional music fan you really must come along and join in. The venues they use range from the splendour of Dunkeld Cathedral to town halls and tiny village halls – I have it good authority that there are twenty-five venues in total in 2014!
There you go, I started with a sunshine filled morning and somehow I’ve managed to chat on about the best of Perthshire in October… I’m all booked up for all three events (in fact I have several tickets for various wee events throughout!) so perhaps I’ll see you there! Do come over and say hello if you spot me dancing or gazing up at trees!
Wonderful cottage- we have been to many self-catering cottages over the years and this is definitely one of the best. The flowers, wine and shortbread were much appreciated. Shame it is so far from us or we would book again for this year. We have had great weather (although 30 degrees is a bit too hot for us) so have been out walking everyday- Pitlochry is a great base for doing high/long and shorter walks. Thank you Kenny- the garden was lovely and eating outside in May is rare. Wear, Surrey
"Amazing and perfect!" The Hartley family, West Yorkshire
What a fantastic break we have had! Your cottage is warm, welcoming, comfortable and has everything you could possibly need for a short-stay, long-stay, forever! On our walk to Birnam Hill, we strolled through Beatrice Potter Garden- a super place for children of all ages. Birnam Hill is a great walk- approx 1-1.30 hrs to the top. We did see some beautiful sights on the ascend. The food is also lovely at the Atholl Arms, some great little shops in Dunkeld too, don't miss the pottery shop in the square! Thank you for a wonderful break.
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