During the autumn our discounted rates for longer stays are further reduced.
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South East Sutherland and Easter Ross have many areas of native deciduous woodland and Scots Pine forest, making it ideal for an autumn holiday in the Highlands of Scotland. The north side of the Dornoch Firth is splendid during the autumn, particularly the area around Spinningdale, Achue, and Loch Migdale, and the drive from Dornoch via Clashmore through Spinningdale to Bonar Bridge is a delight at this time of year.
The Amat Forest area, with its associated walks along Gleann Mor, Glen Alladale and Glen Calvie is also very enjoyable during the autumn, and, to the west, there is the the Glen Einig pinewood reserve, with large areas of native deciduous trees. To the south, there are some nice walks along decidous tree-lined tracks in the Strath Rusdale / Loch Morie area.
Autumn colours appear around mid-September to mid-November. The very best time for the autumn colours is usually late October and early November, but this varies from year to year. However, from around mid-September there are indications of autumn.
Also, walkable directly from our house via the Invershin footbridge is Balblair Woods, which has a small but glorious area of native deciduous trees among the evergreens along the track into Bonar Bridge.
Being on the east side of Scotland, the weather in the autumn tends to be crisper and brighter and clearer than areas in the west. This is ideal for stargazing.
Contrary to common expectations, there is plenty of daylight because due to our northerly latitude the sun rises at a more oblique angle than further south, giving rise to long (and beautiful) twilight periods.
On a clear day, we actually have more autumn daylight than further south, due to the long twilight periods. Also being in the countryside, you become more aware of the twilight as there is far less light pollution.
Our B&B is a highly insulated modern SIPS house, with a log-burning stove and heat recovery system designed to circulate fresh air from outside with the chill taken off it, creating a comfortable ambient temperature, day and night.
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