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7 amazing autumn walks

A couple walking at Killiecrankie
Looking for an autumn adventure full of colour and beautiful woodland walks near you? To help you get the most out of this beautiful season, here are seven of the most wonderful walks for you to enjoy across Scotland.

1. The Hermitage

The Hermitage

Enjoy an attractive woodland walk that leads though spectacularly large Douglas firs (including one of the tallest trees in the country) to the amazing folly of Ossian’s Hall overlooking the Black Linn waterfall.

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2. Dollar Glen

Dollar Glen

Dollar Glen is the perfect place for a Scottish countryside walk with waterfalls and wildlife. Look out for the remains of the 15th-century fortress, Castle Campbell.

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3. Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve

Grey Mare’s Tail

Take a 10-minute walk and be rewarded with spectacular views of the magnificent waterfall, which cascades from Loch Skeen into the Moffat Water Valley from a rocky precipice 60m (200ft) above. Or climb the steep slopes of White Coomb (821m/2,694ft, the highest hill in Dumfriesshire) for even more spectacular views.

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4. Killiecrankie

Killiecrankie, with the sun shining through the autumn leaves onto the water

The Pass of Killiecrankie is a magnificent wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing through it. The Battle of Killiecrankie, the major event in the first of the Jacobite risings, was fought nearby.

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5. Balmacara Estate & Woodland Walks

Highland cattle grazing in front of a croft house on Balmacara Estate

Balmacara Estate is an outstanding example of a Highland crofting estate. There’s a great choice of walking trails that’ll take you along stunning shorelines, through traditional crofting country and into attractive villages.

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6. Goatfell

Goat Fell in autumn

Goat Fell is the highest peak on the Isle of Arran, and the perfect viewpoint to gaze across the island and out to sea. The mountain towers above Brodick Castle. Reaching the summit takes between 2 and 5 hours, so pack plenty of supplies and make sure you are properly equipped.

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7. Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve

The suspension bridge at Corrieshalloch Gorge

Corrieshalloch is one of the most spectacular gorges of its type in Britain. From the Victorian suspension bridge, gaze down over a series of crashing waterfalls, breathe in the Corrieshalloch air, infused with pine scents and droplets of water, and let the noise of the thundering waterfalls and the rushing river rumble through you.

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