Leaf Peeping in Perthshire

It may sound like something unsavoury types get up to in parks, but leaf peeping is in fact the popular American pursuit of admiring dramatic changing autumn colours.

You don't have to travel across the pond to take part though. When it comes toLoch Tay from Drummond Hill autumn colours, Perthshire Big Tree Country offers the most glorious sights. From mid-September to early November, there's never a grey day to be had as the landscape becomes a fiery tapestry ablaze with golden hues, crimson reds and fiery oranges.

Visitors can experience autumn foliage in a mind-boggling number of ways: floating over treetops in a hot air balloon, paddling a canoe down the Tay, foraging in a forest. There are even tree-climbing lessons.

Bob Ellis, Chairman  of Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust commented: "Leaf peeping has become much more active in recent years, as people have become more health-conscious. The trend is not just to look and see, but to participate. And it's a lot more fun."

Here is a roundup of our top ways to experience Big Tree Country this autumn:

Top 5 Leaf Peeping Adventures in Big Tree Country

Big Tree Country's landscape has had a helping hand in creating a unique adventure destination.

Bungee Jumping at Killiecrankie

Enchanted Forest

White Water Rafting on the River Tay

Cycling in Highland Perthshire

Tree Climbing

Top 5 Leaf Peeping Views in Big Tree Country

Do you want to view flamboyant autumn foliage in Perthshire but are unsure where to catch the most dramatic colours? Here are our favourite spots:

Pine Cone Point, Craigvinnean

Garry Bridge, Killiecrankie

Black Rock Viewpoint, Drummond Hill

Carie, Rannoch Forest

The Knock, Crieff 

Top 5 Leaf Peeping Walks in Big Tree Country

For many people, autumn is their favourite time to get out for a woodland walk. Here are some of our favourite places to go:

Faskally Wood and Loch Dunsmore 

Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park, Perth

Lady Mary's Walk, Crieff

Carie Walks, Rannoch

Birnam Hill, Dunkeld

Top 5 Wildlife Encounters in Big Tree Country

Big Tree Country offers some great opportunities to observe wildlife in their natural habitat. The area is renowned for its diverse range of habitats that supports and astonishing array of plants, animals and birds.

Red Squirrels at Cluny Gardens

Bats

Beavers

Geese at Loch Leven National Nature Reserve

Pine Martins at Loch of the Lowes

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