Autumn, as we know it, is a season that falls between the hotly anticipated summer and winter months and could be considered slightly under-appreciated. The American term ‘fall’ seems so much more romantic and conjures up wonderful imagery of apple pies and Thanksgiving - we want to sing the praises of the Autumn
Join me as I dive into what makes this season a magnificent one and then consider a break away to the Highlands and escape from what has been a year of unfortunate events.
Long nights and candlelight
As the sun sets at a reasonable hour, from September, you can enjoy the flicker of the candles and take in your dinner listening to the sounds of logs burning on the stove. When the last of the light fades from the sky, take a blanket outside and gaze up at the stars - you’re miles from the cities and light pollution is non-existent. The stars will sparkle above like diamonds on a clear night.
A new kind of fruit picking
Nothing says ‘fall‘ like the taste of pumpkins. Take fruit picking to a new level and head out to Loch Ness Pumpkins where you can pick your own pumpkin from the fields of Corrimony Farm. Take it home to carve, transform it into a soup or get baking... we’ll gladly sample some pumpkin pie if you want to try out a new recipe!
Halloween has become very commercialised in recent years, however, we‘ve not been complaining when the event diary opens up with fun activities across the local area. Each year Ness Islands in Inverness comes alive with a ghost walk which is perfect for entertaining kids (and adults!) - keep your eyes peeled on the Inverness BID Facebook for details this year. Last year, we were also treated to a late night tour of Tomatin Distillery.. its a limited ticketed event so look out for announcements, we hope they run it again!
We can’t guarantee winter weather in the autumn months however in the month of November, temperatures are plummeting and the winter skiing town of Aviemore is just beginning to gear up for a busy season. Plan a trip to Cairngorm Mountain and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to get out on the slopes ahead of all your pals
Pumpkin Spice and all things nice
Did I mention pumpkins already?... of course I did, they’re quintessentially autumnal. Although you’re probably already thinking of heading to your nearest international coffee chain (available in Inverness) for your PSL - Pumpkin Spiced Latte for those who haven't heard of it. We recommend going local and Perk Doughnuts in Inverness offer a revolutionary doughnut that you can’t miss... oh and their coffee is great too.
If we haven’t been able to tempt you already, maybe our rates will. Let us know what week suits you best and allow us to offer you a memorable stay in the autumn months.
We hope to welcome you soon
Angus | Team Melfort