Autumn is a great time of year to get away from it all and recharge your batteries before the nights close in, and we’re hit with that all too predictable bad British weather. Christmas can be stressful, so many of us like to make plans to take a short trip to break up the season. For those of us in the UK, Loch Lomond in the West of Scotland could be the perfect location for an autumnal staycation. If you’re thinking about booking a trip away, here are some top tips to help you on your Trossachs adventure!
As autumn lends itself better to shorter breaks, rather than the full-fortnight breaks you might enjoy in summer, you’ll want to visit somewhere not too far from home and easy to get to. Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is the ideal destination as it offers Scotland’s rural beauty but is easy enough to reach. Whether you drive or fly into nearby Glasgow, the journey from Scotland’s biggest city will get you to Loch Lomond in well under an hour. You’ll feel like you’re getting away from it all without feeling disconnected from the home comforts you might miss.
A Carnival of Colour
One of the main draws for tourists visiting this part of the country is the colour on display. Throughout the summer, the hills and forests that fill the area around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs are green along with earthy tones of heather. By the time September rolls into October, the landscape explodes in autumnal reds, yellows and oranges. This only lasts a short while as autumn progresses and the leaves fall from the trees, but it is well worth seeing if you can time your visit correctly!
While the weather can be somewhat changeable and unpredictable in Scotland, many hikers and hillwalkers aren’t put off because of the stunning scenery on offer. Autumn is a good time to visit Loch Lomond and the Trossachs because you’re beyond the dreaded midge season that plagues visitors in the summer month. There are hills in the area like Ben Lomond and the Cobbler that offer stunning views of the national park. The West Highland Way is still accessible, but many walkers opt to undertake smaller sections rather than the full week-long walk to Fort William at this time of year.
Absorbing the Landscape
To truly immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery of this part of Scotland, you need to find the right place to stay. While we said that the area is easily accessible from nearby Glasgow earlier in today’s article, if you want the full experience, you should try booking a stay in a local hotel and use this as your base for your getaway. While you can see a lot on a day trip, a proper staycation to this wonderful part of Scotland is an opportunity not to be missed!
See the Wildlife
Being a remote countryside area of Scotland, visitors might be lucky enough to see some of the wildlife that calls Loch Lomond and the surrounding Trossachs National Park home. In Breadalbane, you might see anything from otters, red squirrels, black grouse, osprey, and red deer on the slopes of Ben Vorlich. If you happen to be at Loch Lomond near dusk, keep an eye out for barn owls hunting in open areas. This part of Scotland is teeming with wildlife, and you should make an effort to see some of it during your trip.
We hope that today’s guide has inspired you to discover more of Loch Lomond and try some of the different things on offer this autumn. The changing of the seasons is a great time to take a break, and Loch Lomond is the perfect place to visit this autumn.