Autumn in Skye and Lochalsh
By the end of August, there are already signs that the season is changing. The autumn months, September- November, can be a great time to recharge your inner batteries with a wee holiday in Skye and Lochalsh.
There is something reassuringly cosy about the night’s drawing in. Here in the Highlands of Scotland, the heather gradually gives way to more russet tones, and residents breathe a (barely audible) collective, and reflective, sigh.
After the height of the summer months, Sep-Nov is a quieter time to visit. Some accommodation providers give seasonal discounts, so do check out our Special Offers page and you could bag yourself an Autumn holiday bargain.
With less visitors, you can take advantage of the quieter roads, deserted beaches and empty car parks. You’re welcome!
Indian Summer (maybe!)
Weather-wise – I mean – who comes to Scotland for sunshine. Really? If you prepare for all four seasons in one day, you will be fine! You can’t beat wrapping up against the elements, and getting out and enjoying the fantastic scenery. Pack your fleece, hat, waterproofs and wellies and go for it! And hopefully we might get a dash of Indian summer too – its been known! October is often one of the best month for rainbows too!
Yes, day light hours are shorter than in the summer months, but once the sun goes go down we have some of the best ‘dark skies’ in the world. Indulge in a little star gazing and planet spotting. Or simply draw the curtains and snuggle down with a good book. Choose from one of our many holiday homes with a wood burning stove, and you can watch the clouds roll in from the comfort of your own wee nook by the fire!
Those pesky midgies all disappear at the end of August! So instead of getting bitten by the wee beasties, you can look out for all sorts of other wildlife! Seals, otters, deer and birds of prey.
The landscape turns from green to rust, bushes and rowans are laden with berries and there are photographic opportunities around every corner.
Plenty to see and do
Be prepared and plan your visit. Whilst the natural scenery will always be available, some visitor attractions, restaurants and cafes may reduce their opening hours into September/October time. Check beforehand on opening times. If you fancy a little history, Dunvegan Castle is open until 15 October. Talisker Distillery is open 7 days a week all year so you can even fit in a Distillery tour whilst you are here. Armadale Castle is open too. The gardens at Armadale are lovely in their autumn colours!
There are also plenty of events happening in the area during the autumn months. Everything from live music through to films and exhibitions. The popular music festival Skye Live takes place 5-7 Sep 2019 and heading into winter SEALL Festival of Small Halls 23 Nov – 1 Dec offers a wide range of music and workshops. St Andrews Day is 30 November, celebrated with local Burns super events. And don’t forget to check local press and facebook pages for the start of Christmas Craft Fairs, and you can start your festive shopping with some locally crafted gifts!