Autumn: The Perfect Time To Visit Perthshire

Posted on: 16 October 2009 by Mark O'haire

Autumn is the ideal time of year to visit Perthshire and take a stroll around the awe-inspiring scenery.

 PerthshireAs the summer slowly comes to a close and leaves start to darken to golden hues, autumn is truly here. This is a magical time to see the beautiful Scottish scenery and also autumn brings some fantastic celebrations for you to take part in.

The 5th annual Perthshire Amber Festival takes place from 30 October - 8 November 2009 in and around some of Perthshire’s finest venues - from Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Dunkeld Castle to Perth Concert Hall, The Scottish Crannog Centre and the 16th century Castle Menzies. Established by renowned singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean in 2005 after he was asked to write a song about his beloved Perthshire, the name was chosen as ‘amber’, reflecting the region’s warm tones and evocative autumnal colours this time of year.

Highlights this year include the Dougie McLean Band, the Sorren MacLean Band, Eddie Reader, Irish-American singer Heidi Talbot, open mic sessions and the event’s closing night - The Caledonia Concert.

Perthshire’s Big Tree Country hosts its incredibly popular Enchanted Forest sound and light show from 16 October - 1 November. Now in its eighth year, the mesmerising spectacle takes place in Faskally Wood near Pitlochry, and never fails to dazzle visitors with an amazingly well choreographed display of multi-coloured lights and music, all taken in as you follow a paved walkway through the ancient woodlands. It is essential that tickets for this year’s show, which will follow the theme Scottish Myths & Legends, are booked in advance.

Running alongside the Enchanted Forest, visitors can also enjoy the Pitlochry Autumn Festival (16 - 17, 24 & 31 October), which dazzles with street performing, late night storytelling and several Halloween themed activities.

On the night of Saturday 31 October visit the Scottish Crannog Centre dressed in costume and help celebrate the ancient Celtic Samhain Festival. The festival celebrates the end of summer and the start of the ‘new day’ and the oncoming darker, winter months. Join a torch lit procession through the loch-side woods to watch a wicker ram burn in ceremonial sacrifice and enjoy storytelling, music and other ‘Samhain’ festivities. Pre-booking is essential so please contact the centre early to avoid disappointment.

Perthshire is a superb area to celebrate Scottish autumn colours, with many things to see and do in the region at this time of year. There are also some great walks in the area to soak up the views from including Lady Mary’s Walk, near Crieff or Craigvinean Forest which lies just a few miles from Dunkeld and offers superb walking in this season.

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