Colourful Days Out
03 October, 2013
According to The Woodland Trust Scotland, this year we are celebrating a ‘Fool’s autumn’ due to the driest summer since 2003.
True autumn colours are triggered by fading sunlight and cold temperatures which means that leaves lose the chlorophyll that makes them green, revealing spectacular red and green pigments. Apparently ‘full tinting’ is expected in mid – late October, so now is the time to get out and about and explore our fantastic sites and enjoy the vivid reds, golds and browns of the surrounding scenery.
And if you want to go for a hike in the city, why not put on your walking shoes and explore Arthur’s Seat in the centre of Edinburgh? Recently voted one of the top ten city hikes in the world by Lonely Planet, if you take it on you will be rewarded with spectacular views across the city.
For those with children it’s not long until the October holidays, which coincide with ‘The Big Draw’ – the world’s largest drawing festival. As this is the Year of Natural Scotland, we are encouraging people to draw their natural surroundings, with the opportunity to draw the view from a window at one of our participating sites.
Bring the kids to one of the sites listed below, pick up your Big Draw pack, and let your inner artist do the rest! We’re also holding a workshop with a local artist at Linlithgow Palace as part of The Big Draw campaign.
We hope to see some budding autumn artists at:
Edinburgh Castle, 1 – 31 October, 9.30am – 4pm
Duff House, 1 – 31 October, 11am – 4.30pm
Bothwell Castle, 1 – 31 October, 9.30am – 4pm
Urquhart Castle, 1 – 31 October, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Iona Abbey, 1 – 31 October, 9.30am – 4pm
Castle Campbell And Garden, 1 – 31 October (excl. Thursdays & Fridays), 9.30am – 4pm
Aberdour Castle And Garden, 1 – 31 October (excl. Thursdays & Fridays and the 19th of October), 9.30am – 4pm
Stanley Mills, Every Sat & Sun, in October, 9.30am – 4pm
Stirling Castle, 14 – 20 October, 9.30am – 4.30pm