Ode to Aviemore's Autumn
Auburn leaves fallin’, summer’s ripeness thawing, yellow forests springing. Autumn is a spectacle anywhere on the planet, but it’s especially lovely in the Scottish Highlands. An explosion of rustic colours and crisper, moodier atmospheres, it signals a significant change in the beat of nature’s heart and is an amazing time to witness the wonders surrounding us.
Aviemore is at the centre of it all. Cushioned from all sides by infinite landscapes of Caledonian pine and dramatic Scottish skies, it’s a lovely little vantage point from which to appreciate this inimitable season. Pack your adventure bags and head up to Hilton Coylumbridge for a departure point to that film-worthy weekend you’ve been dreaming about since the end of summer set in.
Loch an Eilein’s glass-like surface will be reflecting the deep reds, oranges and browns of the falling foliage. Take a walk around the loch’s ringed fringes and skip pebbles with your kids, friends or significant other. Watch the reflective painting break into waves of autumn aquarels darting in every direction – a sight to behold forever.
Squirrels, deer, eagles, wildcats. Home to of 25% of Britain’s threatened wildlife, the Cairngorms National Park is a vast, open conservatory and a treat for everyone no matter the time of year. But autumn makes it that much better, with animals re-emerging from the summer blaze into a sociable environment that precedes mating season.
Oh, the singing beauty of the Highland hills, draped in the festival colours of autumn! With an impossibly wide variety of mountains to appreciate and climb, the Cairngorms are drop-dead gorgeous between September and December. Feed your soul with a scenic climb up the tapestry of withering textures and rust-coloured flora. Collect browned sycamore leaves to stick in your creative scrapbook commemorating Aviemore’s autumn.
Blow off the dust from your camera because autumn is the most photogenic season. Capture the crossover between summer and winter with a shot to print, frame and hang up on your walls. Then set the gadgets aside and sip a warm coffee on the train that could have carried Harry, Hermione and Ron to Hogwarts in the realm of fantasy. The Strathspey Steam Railway takes you on a postcard trip through the Cairngorms. Quad trekking and fishing are also a good starter course for your autumn picnic.
And here are some spellbinding words from poet John Keats in dedication to this sublime season:
“Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells.”
Don’t just read the imagery – live in with an autumn trip to Aviemore.