1: Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Every year, visitors travel from all four corners of the globe to see it for themselves; The rich, vivid colours of Scotland in Fall. Already famous for its stunning natural beauty, autumn transforms these lush highlands into a sea of auburn and gold, juxtaposed against the deep greens of the native Noble fir trees and reflected like oil on canvas in its vast lochs.
No picture can do justice to the sheer wonder of the Highlands in Autumn. To gaze out from a hillside and feel as if you’re inside a painting is an experience that stays with you forever.
2: Whale Watching in Cork
Everyone loves a good nature documentary, but to experience her true power, you can’t do much better than Whale watching.
Seeing these behemoths erupt from the water just feet away from you, feeling the force as they hit the water, reminds you just how incredible our planet truly is. Unless you really know what you’re doing, sightings of these magnificent creatures are incredibly rare. Fortunately, there are passionate experts at tour companies like Whale Watch West Cork who know exactly how to find them.
Autumn is the best time to see some Whale and Dolphin species, including the
3: Wicklow Mountains, Ireland
These Mountains are a highly sought-after destination for travel, which makes the off-season a perfect time to visit. Fewer tourists means getting to experience the area’s beauty in complete serenity. The Wicklow Mountains are particularly stunning around this time of year, as Fall turns stunning hiking trails like the trek from Lough Tay to Lough Dan into a golden paradise.
Should a storm roll in, there are plenty of cozy pubs where you can enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire, a good meal and a good cold pint of guinness.
4: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow
Nestled snugly in Glasgow’s inner ring, the Botanic Gardens serve as a haven for rare and exotic plant and animal life. Spanning around 8 acres, the gardens boast a wide array of natural areas for visitors to immerse themselves in.
The star of the show is undoubtedly the recently restored Kibble Palace. This Magnificent Curvilinear Glasshouse was designed by eccentric Victorian entrepreneur John Kibble, and stepping into it feels like entering the garden of Eden.
The park has many Glasshouses, each sustaining its own carefully-managed ecosystem, with an abundance of exotic life that must be experienced up close.
5: Deer Park, Sligo, Ireland
Sligo is one of Ireland’s lesser-known beauty spots, this incredible forest trail treats you to vast lakes, sheer mountains, waterfalls and a gorgeous coastline, with the vast open landscape bathed in a warm October glow.
The park is also home to arguably one of the best ancient archaeological sites of its kind in the country; The Deer Park Court Tomb.
Dating back to 3,000 BC,
Bring comfy shoes, a light raincoat and a camera, and end your day with a nice hot meal at one of the many restaurants, pubs and hotels nearby.