This is one of my favourite pictures of autumn, taken above the Falls of Clyde at New Lanark. Below I have listed five of the best routes to enjoy the annual display of brilliant colours. But where is your favourite place? Please share your hidden gems, local beauty spots or national treasures in the comment section below.


DISTANCE:  6 miles / 9.75km.

HEIGHT CLIMBED: 820ft / 250m.

TIME: 3½ to 4½ hours.

MAP: OS Landranger 71.

PARK: Reach the main car park for New Lanark World Heritage Site by following brown signs from the A73 in the centre of Lanark.

IN SUMMARY: New Lanark, is one of the most interesting industrial sites in Scotland. This World Heritage Site preserves the cotton mills of the 18th century. Beyond it are the Falls of Clyde, surrounded by huge trees currently displaying an array of vibrant colours. Many just walk up one side of the river and return the same way but it is possible to make a six mile circuit.


DISTANCE:  6 miles / 9.75km.

HEIGHT CLIMBED:140ft / 45m.

TIME: 2½ to 3½ hours.

MAP: OS Landrangers 44 and 45.

PARK: You should find a space on Edzell’s High Street, near the Post Office. Otherwise, head for the north end of the town to find a car park on the left, just over a mini-roundabout.

IN SUMMARY: A riverside stroll amid huge, gnarled trees in the the Angus Glens culminates in the dramatic rapids and waterfalls of a deep gorge. The poetically named Rocks of Solitude is a good place to watch salmon – but do watch out for the drops if with young children. Red squirrels can also be seen scurrying about as they prepare for winter.


DISTANCE: 2 miles / 3.25km.

HEIGHT CLIMBED: 600ft / 185m.

TIME: 1 to 2 hours.

MAP: OS Landranger 52.

PARK: From the centre of Aberfeldy, take the A826 Crieff road. After a few hundred yards you reach a stone bridge where you should turn right to enter a car park for the Birks of Aberfeldy.

IN SUMMARY: Immortalised by Robert Burns, the Birks of Aberfeldy have inspired countless visitors. Again, a mix of burn and a wooded gorge provides a great sight and keeps the legs working as you ascend to a bridge over a waterfall which throws water straight down below you. The recent wet weather means this walk is at its very best because the Moness Burn is running high, making plumes of spray from its waterfalls billow up into the sky.


DISTANCE: 1¾ miles / 2.75km.

HEIGHT CLIMBED: 400ft / 120m.

TIME: 1½ to 2 hours.

MAP: OS Landranger 56.

PARK: About 6 miles north of Dunoon on the A815 there is a Forestry Commission car park for Puck’s Glen, on the right.

IN SUMMARY: This glen is named after Shakespeare’s character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and no wonder. Even the most unimaginative cannot fail to be impressed by the magical character of the rich vegetation clinging to the rocky walls of a deep chasm, covered in a canopy of trees. The way down from the top of Puck’s Glen offers views over the hills of Cowal and if you wish you can make the route longer or combine it with Benmore Botanic Garden.


DISTANCE: 2¾ miles / 4.5km.

HEIGHT CLIMBED: 115ft / 35m.

TIME: 1½ to 2 hours.

MAP: OS Landranger 64.

PARK: From the country park’s entrance on Pollokshaws Road follow the main drive all the way to the end to reach the Riverside Car Park, near Pollok House.

IN SUMMARY: This beautiful wide expanse of open space is covered in deciduous trees, creating a vibrant show at this time of year. It is also a good place to find conkers, meaning little ones can be occupied as you head up an avenue of limes and round to a wood and pond which once formed part of the Old Pollok Estate.

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