Campaign encourages visitors to country’s finest locations
A leading Scottish conservation charity is encouraging everyone to make the most of the autumnal beauty at any of its sites. More than 100 places currently fall under the auspices of the National Trust for Scotland’s remit.
‘At the National Trust for Scotland, we look after and provide access to a wonderful breadth of places across Scotland, with many looking at their very best as the leaves change,’ says Philip Long OBE, the National Trust for Scotland’s Chief Executive.
‘Whether you’re looking for a family day out, to make memories with friends, share a new experience with a loved one or get a boost from connecting with Scotland’s nature, beauty and heritage, there’s a place and activity for everyone across the over 100 properties our charity is proud to care for.’
The charity is unveiling all of the attractions available for families to enjoy as we start to head into the winter months. And that includes anything from Land Rover safaris to stunning outdoor walks through to guided ranger tours.
In short, the team are keen to point to the variety of experiences on offer to members and non-members alike.
Popularity for the Land Rover safaris at Glencoe National Nature Reserve continues to grow following its recent introduction.
This time of the year allows you to experience the magic of the changing seasons at The Hermitage in Perthshire (don’t forget your wellington boots)! You can walk among the giants as you admire the giant Douglas firs (among the tallest trees in Britain). And let’s not forget the roaring Black Linn Falls.
Killicrankie: A place where history meets beauty. Image: National Trust for Scotland.
‘Creating memories to remember’
The charity points to the chance to ‘create memories to remember’ at Ossian’s Hall which overlooks a stunning waterfall.
The scene includes an array of mirrors, sliding panels and paintings which are designed to create a sense of ‘surprise and amazement.’
Further north and explorers can take in the stunning vistas at the Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve in Ross-shire.
One of the most spectacular gorges of its type in Britain, visitors with a head for heights can cross the Victorian suspension bridge. It’s situated 25 metres above the River Droma. The platform provides stunning views of the Falls of Measach.
Nature lovers can also enjoy the incredible sites of grey seal pups which are often spotted at a number of National Trust for Scotland places.
Autumn is not only a key season for seals, it’s also an ideal time of year to spot red squirrels (Threave Garden and Estate and Inverewe are two prime locations for them).
Other options for getting outdoors at the places cared for by the conservation charity include a cycling adventure, whether you’re an experienced cyclist or looking to teach your child how to ride. The charity issued new guidance for cyclists over the summer period.
For those looking for castle views, Brodie Castle and Crathes Castle offer fantastic days out by bike, with Balmacara providing incredible natural heritage.
Reflecting on the past
Other landmarks, such as Culloden Battlefield, offer a chance to reflect on the last pitch battle to take place on British soil where around 1200 men died within the first hour of fighting.
Away from a historical site of conflict, The National Trust for Scotland’s gardens provide the perfect autumnal sanctuary.
The Hermitage: The giant Douglas firs are among the tallest trees in Britain. Image: National Trust for Scotland.
Visitors to Threave Garden, beautifully designed to make the most of each season, can spot the purple Japanese maple and beautiful katsura tree, which gives off the scent of burnt sugar as its leaves turn.
Meanwhile, those visiting Haddo House garden can walk along the lime tree avenue as it turns a rich golden yellow.
Visitors to Castle Fraser can take advantage of the year-round accessibility of the traditional walled garden while exploring its seasonal offering.
For more information, visit: www.nts.org.uk