The Summer sunset began to hide behind those increasing rain clouds, but we shouldn’t let the rain dampen the adventurer and explorer in us all. The winter is not quite here yet to chase us all indoors and the changing colours of the Perthshire leaves still have plenty to offer.
After a 2 year hiatus due to covid, the magical Enchanted Forest returns for its 20th Anniversary. The renowned, award winning light and sound show has explorers from all over coming to walk among the stunning illuminated trees of faskally wood.
Running from the 29th September to 30th October this year, you have a month to experience the wonder that is the Enchanted Forest. You can buy tickets here: https://www.enchantedforest.org.uk/tickets/
Situated along the banks of the picturesque River Garry, is Soldier’s leap. Legend has it a redcoat soldier jumped an impressive 18 feet over the river Garry whilst trying to outrun the ferocious Jacobites during the battle of killiecrankie.
You can also take a stroll along the killiecrankie gorge down to the Garry Bridge and see people doing their own leap of faith on the highland fling. The changing of the autumn leaves makes this one of the most instagrammable spots in perthshire. Or why not take in the view whilst Zig zagging along the treetops with the Killiecrankie zip.
If you wish to see the gorge in full bloom during the summer, the Garry River is the home of our Adventure Tubing trip.
Hiking at The Hermitage
This 1.5 mile woodland trail is packed full of history, beauty, wildlife and even some totem poles. Discover the famous hermits’ forest hideout, take in the soaring Black Linn from Ossian’s Hall or watch salmon leap over this Autumn’s high water.
That extra bit of rain wall makes the Black Linn and Braan River all that more spectacular.
Also the new wheelchair pine cone point is just a little further up the hill from the Hermitage, with some of the two routes intertwining. Reach the top of Pine Cone point to see the orange and red of a Perthshire Autumn for miles around.
If you are great lover of Chocolate, Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier in Grandtully will be the stop for you! Experience the award winning velvet truffle, an audio tour guiding you around extraordinary flavours, and learn that there is so much more to chocolate than you could have ever imagined. Immerse yourself in this tasty experience in the lovely little village of Grandtully situated on the banks of the River Tay.
Grandtully is also home to the areas white water rafting and kayaking fanatics. It is a little hamlet that is considered a must visit for adventure lovers.
Whisky Tasting at Dewars
Maybe a wee dram of whisky might warm you up after a day of Autumn Adventures. Aberfeldy is home to the famous Dewars distillery, here you can put your pallet to the test on their connoisseur tour, try a selection of whiskies paired with a slice of delicious chocolate or relax in their lounge and cafe with a measure of malt in hand. Or if you wish to delve further into the world of Scotch Whisky, you can spend the day exploring their immersive heritage museum. Or if you would like to learn more still, you can attend their “Spirit School” and come away with a government approved qualification in the world of Alcohol.
We are big fans of a Dewar Whisky ourselves and if you triumph in our Highland Games, a lovely bottle of Dewars Single Malt Whisky is the prize for the winning team.