10 of Scotland's best autumn walks

Summer gently fades – and autumn slips in so quietly.

Lady Mary's Walk near Crieff

It may start with an earthiness in the breeze or a crisping of the leaves. Soon the trees are a riot of colour, waters run high and the forces of nature converge in a spellbinding show of seasonal change.

And Scotland does autumn beautifully well, with countless walks taking us to the heart of the transition.

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Test your head for heights on the viewing platform over the deep drop to the water below. Continue to the Falls of Measach and up into the surrounding countryside where you will catch lovely views over magnificent Loch Broom. PIC: NTS.
Perthshire wears the new season crown. Top an afternoon of walking through Allean Forest, just west of Loch Tummel near Pitlochry, with a moment or two at Queens View where nature's beauty comes together so finely. PIC: Visit Scotland.
Enjoy a gentle 2.5 mile stroll through woods by the River Earn where sweet chestnuts and oaks warm the heart as kingfishers and oystercatchers line the way. A climb to nearby Laggan Hill also beckons. PIC: Visit Scotland.
A 12-mile walk to Pitlochry and back will take you on an autumn spectacular through the Pass of Killiecrankie, the Linn of Tummel and the banks of Loch Faskally with the Cairngorms also coming into view. PIC: Visit Scotland.
Make your way to the thunderous Black Linn Falls under a canopy of magnificent Douglas firs that are patchworked with native oak, hazel and birch. Watch as the light changes beneath the leaves as you move across the forest floor. PIC: NTS
Just a couple of miles from Linn of Dee car park and you will find yourself surrounded by a glorious display of Scots pine and Douglas firs. Red squirrels may also be seen, and a roar of a stag might just be heard in the distance. PIC: Visit Scotland.
Venture deep into woodland in the shadow of the Ochils, with the tumbling waterfalls of the Burns of Care and Sorrow stirring the imagination, as do the ruins of the 15th Century Castle Campbell. PIC: VisitScotland.
A trail around the historic town of Dunfermline, taking in Pittencrieff Park and the glorious grounds of the historic abbey, will indulge your search for some seasonal splendour. PIC: Visit Scotland/Damian Shields.
Set over 65 acres, Dawyck Botanic Garden is a magical patchwork of woods, burns and fungi that famously glows with autumnal colour. PIC: Dave Knott.
A true gem of the Galloway Forest. A six-mile path will take you around Loch Trool, a peaceful body of water in the shadows of the Merrick, the highest peak in the south of Scotland. PIC: Visit Scotland.