Enjoy an Autumn Break in a part of the Scottish Highlands where there are many deciduous trees

 

During the autumn our discounted rates for longer stays are further reduced.

 

 
Autumn breaks at Balvaig Cottage, Sutherland, Scotland

Misty Autumnal Morning at Balvaig Cottage Bed and Breakfast, Culrain, Sutherland. (Taken early in the autumn)

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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.

Carbisdale Woods in Autumn

The path into Carbisdale Woods from behind our house in early autumn

 

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.

Culrain Burn in autumn

The beginning of autumn above one of the waterfalls in the Culrain Burn, a lovely walk from behind our house.

 

Our B& B sits in mixed woodland, and our garden is surrounded by lovely autumn colours. There is an extensive network of tracks where you can enjoy a beautiful stream with waterfalls and a lochan.

Balblair Woods in Autumn

A view from the track from Balblair Woods towards Bonar Bridge in 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.

View towards Migdale from Torroy, Spinningdale

View towards Migdale from Torroy, Spinningdale

 

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.

Carn Chuinneag from the Ardross path in the autumn

Carn Chuinneag from the Ardross path in the autumn

 

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.

Carbisdale Woods in autumn

Misty autumnal morning on the path to Carbisdale Woods from beside our house

 

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.

Carbisdale Woods in autumn

Lovely autumnal light illuminating trees on the top track above Carbisdale Woods

 

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.

Carn Chuinneag from Glencalvie in Autumn

Carn Chuinneag from Glencalvie in autumn

 
The path from Torroy to Loch Migdale in autumn

The path from Torroy to Loch Migdale in autumn

 
Contact: Lucas and Sarah   Email:   Tel: 01549 421210 or 07969 269983
Address: Balvaig Cottage B&B, Culrain, Ardgay, Sutherland, IV24 3DW
 

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