Head to the Highlands for a great autumn getaway!

Both a royal getaway and an A-Lister secret escape, the Scottish Highlands may not have the weather to rival the South of France but they beat it hands down when it comes to cosy evenings in, hearty food, great whiskies and rousing outdoor walks!

If your idea of a holiday retreat is sitting by a crackling log fire with a cup of tea and a good book, look no further.  Or get out into the fresh Highland air and embrace a host of outdoor activities such as fishing or hiking or visiting little local villages (just be sure to pack your winter warmers as the air will be pretty  crisp by November!)

Not surprisingly, the Highlands have long been a timeshare favourite – both with British owners and Americans who come for the golf, scenery and Scottish history.  There’s so much scenery to enjoy in this region and you can drive forever without seeing another person – look out for the sweet little bothies (shelters) hidden around the hills.

Add to your art collection at the Highlands Fair

For an injection of local culture and art, make sure you check out the Highlands Arts, Crafts and Food Fair in Inverness which is on from 30 November to 2 December. Here, over 70 artists bring their beautiful creations to share with you – buy some landscape art or perhaps some black pudding!

Practice your Highland Fling at the Dougie MacLean Festival

Similarly, the The Dougie MacLean festival in Perthshire runs from 26 October to 4 November and consists of musicians and entertainers from all around the world, at various venues across the county.

Catch some local music at the Highland Autumn Festival

In addition to this, if you are planning on going a little later in the month, the Highland Autumn Festival runs throughout autumn until 1 December. You’ll see for yourself how much the community respects their natural surroundings whilst giving visitors a feel for the area. Music festivals, ghostly walks and wildlife sorties are just a few of the activities on offer.

Walk up an appetite as you hike the Highland hills

After meeting many of the locals and getting an insight into their historic culture, lace up your walking boots and get out on to the beautiful and iconic moors for some fresh air. The landscape in the Highlands is utterly picturesque with purple heather and winding burns and scattered lochs.

Remember though that the weather can change quicker than you can say “och aye the noo” so make sure you are prepared! You can get up to so much out in the hills so try something new, perhaps fishing or rock climbing, sailing – or even skiing in the mid winter months.

If you’re visiting from down south but don’t want to drive, London airports have great connections to both Edinburgh and Inverness and you’ll be surprised at how short the flight is.

For more Highland holiday inspiration, visit www.RCI.com, www.Intervalworld.com or www.dialanexchange.com or book a break at CLC World’s Duchally Country Estate www.duchally.co.uk an hour’s drive from Edinburgh.

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