The tattie harvest has started in earnest. It’s surprisingly interesting watching the progress of the tractors and admiring the design of the different machines used to make the process as efficient as possible. Very different from the stories I heard from my Father of all able bodied people, including women and children, needed to help bring the harvest in. In some rural areas of Scotland school’s used to decide when and for how long a holiday would be scheduled to allow children time off to help out in the fields. By the 1980’s mechanisation had largely taken over, but by that time educationalists considered that an Autumn break in October was a good thing.
So now we still have the October break to look forward to and it’s still a great time of year to get outside, especially in Perthshire when the changing leaf colours are at their peak. This year more than ever we should make the most of this precious time as the future for winter is uncertain and we could all be spending a lot more time inside at home than we may want to. On the plus side, one well documented benefit of the pandemic has been the resurgence of wildlife, and if you do get out and about in Crieff and Strathearn you will have a good chance of spotting red squirrels, hare, rabbits, deer and birds of all shapes and sizes (you can tell I’m not a twitcher) pretty much wherever you go.
You don’t even need to leave Crieff to see some beautiful old trees, Macrosty Park and the nearby Lady Mary’s Walk have a stunning variety of them and are beautiful to wander around on bright, sunny, cold days and damp, misty, brooding days alike. Which is fortunate, as you can never be sure what the weather will be doing. The Knock too is a great place to walk and enjoy the stunning Autumn colours, with the added benefit of a breathtaking view over Strathearn from the top.
For a wide variety of outdoor child friendly activities Crieff Hydro’s Glen’s Adventure Park is hard to beat. Open to residents and non residents alike it features the recently completed wooden fort, zip lines, slides, a spider’s web, peddle carts and much more. Visit their website for details.
If you fancy walking further afield there are many walks within easy reach of Crieff. Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust have a free walking guide which you can download from their website here.
If you prefer two wheels to get around but want to avoid the traffic then Comrie Croft is the perfect place for you. They have a wide range of crafted bike trails to suit cyclists of all abilities from red and black graded single tracks to more gentle blue trails and the bike skills and fun park. Check out their website here.
Whether you choose a day trip, a weekend or a week in this glorious area you’ll be glad you made the effort to get outside and enjoy the beauty of Autumnal Perthshire.