Wild Autumn

Blue skies, deep green rolling hills, purple heather and a myriad of copper, orange, gold colours from the turning leaves – autumn in the Scottish Borders is a truly magnificent sight.

Take a walk through woodlands of falling leaves where you might spot a red squirrel gathering nuts or glimpse a growing fawn with its mother before they leap for cover. Many colourful butterflies are still around in early autumn like painted ladies, peacocks, small heaths and wall browns. On rolling hills you may find cloudberries, devil’s bit scabious or harebells growing up amongst the purple heather blooms.

Along the coast take a look in the rock pools for colourful anemones, hermit crabs doing battle for a new shell to spend the winter in or a seal and its growing pup basking in the autumn sun. Out to sea there’s always an opportunity to glimpse a minke whale or dolphin.

As the evenings get shorter it’s a great time of year to do some star gazing and maybe catch a meteor shower. With little or no light pollution the Border’s is a wonderful place to watch the stars.

Autumn is the time for topping up the reserves for the months ahead and here in the Scottish Borders is the perfect place to quietly enjoy doing just that; getting those last few walks in the sun and enjoying many of the season’s nature based experiences, perhaps some of the best are:


  • Purple heather hills - a scenic drive to
    any part of the Borders in early autumn is a must. Visit Scott's View, the Moorfoot, Lammermuirs or Cheviot hills
  • Autumn woodland colours at Kailzie Gardens, Newtown St Boswells Wood and Gordon Community Woodland
  • Red Squirrel at Plora Wood - Innerleithen, Glentress Forest - Peebles, Cauldsheils Loch - Galashiels

Use the navigator bar at the side of the page to discover the range of events and other opportunities we have here in the Scottish Borders to get you closer to nature, to see and experience its excitement and its spectacles and to get in amongst its never ending stories.

Images courtesy of Stuart Scott Images