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Highlander's Top 5 Autumn Walks

04 October 2017

It’s that great time of year where cosy jumpers and a hot chocolate are an absolute must. The trees are now beginning to change to all sorts of vibrant colours so it’s a great time to get outside and take in some breath-taking autumn scenery. To help give you some walking inspiration we’ve asked the team to share their favourite seasonal walks, here’s their top 5…

1. Dunkeld Waterside

“When I lived in Dunkeld this was my favourite place to walk and run. The Bridge from Birnam is a good place to start mainly for the stunning viewpoint, you walk down through the community orchard and onto the woodland path that takes you alongside the Tay. I must have gone down one side of the waterside and back up the other side at least once a day, there are amazing views wherever you look.  I would definitely recommend it.”
- Sarah (Marketing)

Dunkeld Waterside

2. Loch Leven

“Conveniently located right on my doorstep in Kinross, Loch Leven is my favourite place to walk, bike and run, whatever the weather. I especially love it in the autumn with the vibrant colours of the trees and heather on the hills that surround the Loch. The 12 mile Heritage Trail is my happy place. “
-Ginnie (Buying)

3. Beecraigs Country Park

“Beecraigs is 370 hectares of beautiful Country Park. You’ll find it in the Bathgate Hills near Linlithgow. This country park is one of my favourites for mountain biking and walking.  It also has a visitor centre with great activities in and around this huge area.   The trees in autumn are absolutely amazing with an almost fairy-tale feel as you stroll along the many walk ways.”
- Owen (Product Development)

Beecraigs Country ParkSource photo by: Richard Webb. Autumn edits by Highlander.

4. Almondell & Calderwood Country Park

“Just a few miles away from Highlander HQ, is Almondell & Calderwood Country Park. There are loads of walks and pathways in amidst the trees.  It is great to get out and enjoy the peace and quiet while taking in all the beautiful scenery and wildlife you come across. You can also walk along the River Almond which is a popular, busier route for walkers, joggers, cyclists, dog walkers, horse riders and fishers. The residents of West Lothian are very lucky to have such a beautiful park to visit when we live so close to towns such as Livingston and nearby cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.”
- Jamie (National Sales)

5. Water of Leith

"If you live in Edinburgh, you know the Water of Leith and it's mostly wooded path that winds through the city. But the section I enjoy the most is near Colinton. There isn't much parking, however the bus 34 goes there. Enter from Lanark road (A70) across form the visitor's centre.  At a few places, the path will diverge up or down. Stay along the river and you'll not go wrong. You'll eventually pass a couple of cottages, one where you cross a driveway.    If you walk all the way to the waterfall that was once an old mill, there you can head up the stairs to the cycle path and walk back out to the canal.  If you turn left, it leads back to  the stairs near the visitor centre.  You can also take the route back along the river until you cross the footbridge.   I like to double back from the waterfall and see a few of my favourite trees again.  Don't forget to check if the visitor centre is open for a nice cup and cake."
- Bradley (Web)

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