The greatest seasonal display in the Highlands is about to begin. This is why there is no better time to hike in the Highlands than Autumn.
After the glories of blooming heather in August things start to change quickly in the Highlands. The days are still long, but starting to shorten noticeably. Wild animals are busy migrating or making preparations for the winter ahead and the last harvests are being brought in from the fields.
In the forests the greatest show of the year is about to begin. It’s not just the animals that have to store reserves for winter. The precious chlorophyll that allows photosynthesis is drawn deep into the heart of the plant for storage, along with the sugars that will form the energy supply that sees through the cold months. It’s purely a lucky coincidence that this simple process is also one of the most beautiful sights of all.