8 places to enjoy the colours of autumn in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

Autumn is one of the most mesmerising times of year when the trees slowly start changing colour and put on a dazzling display. As the temperature begins to drop and the cosy jumpers and boots make their way out from the back of the wardrobe, don’t miss a walk among the vibrant countryside in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Here are 8 places to get outside and enjoy the autumnal shades:


1. Bennachie

On the eastern edge of the Grampian mountain range, Bennachie is one of North-east Scotland’s most recognisable landmarks. As the leaves tumble to the ground the forest floor becomes a golden path leading you towards the edge of the treeline.  


2. Clachnaben

Clachnaben is a distinctive peak that together with Bennachie forms an old couplet (even though the two hills are over 30 miles apart). During autumn Clachnaben is sprinkled violet when the heather blooms. Enjoy a picnic on the granite tor at the summit as you marvel at the impressive landscape.


3. Crathes Castle

For an autumn adventure full of history, take a trip to Crathes Castle. As you walk through the fiery foliage you’ll be enchanted by the majestic setting and the walled garden. Look up into the tree canopy and you’ll find a high ropes course, perfect for if you want to add a bit of adventure to your outing.


4. Falls of Feugh

If you’re looking to escape the bustle of city life, a visit to the untouched Falls of Feugh in Banchory is a must. The spectacular falls are where salmon return each year to power upstream in the fast-flowing water. Visit from September to November for a chance to see the salmon leap as they return for the winter run.


5. Fyvie Castle

Autumn is a wonderful time to explore Fyvie Castle. The grounds surrounding the castle ignite in a stunning display of red and bright orange. Meanwhile inside the castle the haunting tales of the castle’s ghostly past creep into the spotlight. Find out more about Fyvie Castle’s ghost stories here.


6. Loch Muick

Explore the much-loved Loch Muick on the Balmoral Estate. Keep your eyes pealed for stags rutting during the mating season, one of nature’s finest spectacles.


7. Old Aberdeen

Old Aberdeen is a delight at any time of year but if you haven’t been to the University of Aberdeen in autumn then you simply haven’t, in my opinion, seen the New King’s building at its best. Watch in awe as the ivy scaling the building turns a deep shade of red early in the season. For added effect aim to visit the campus when the last rays of sunlight hits for a shimmering display.


8. Hit the road

If you prefer to take in the autumn colours from the comfort of your car take a scenic road trip through a sea of staggeringly beautiful autumnal landscapes.


For more inspiration on 10 things you’ve got to do this autumn click here.  

All information is correct at the time of publishing, we recommend that you check opening times and information for individual places before visiting.

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