It’s been a spectacularly colourful late summer and autumn here in the Cairngorms National Park! The many species of heather and Rosebay Willowherb have covered our hills, moorlands and verges with the most beautiful purple.

Heather On High Hills


Rosebay willowherb Rossmor

Rosebay Willowherb Photo: Rossmor Guest House

  Today is the Autumn Equinox – summer is officially over!

Misty morning

It’s a great time of year for wildlife sightings here in the Cairngorms National Park!

Red Deer David Braddock Autumn wildlife

Roaring stag – photo David Braddock via Speyside Wildlife

We have a feeder for Red Squirrels, so they frequently visit .

Cropped red squirrel_on_feeder

Red Squirrel on feeder

Birds and mammals are making the most of the last fruits before winter sets in.

Red Grouse Atholl Estates

Red Grouse – photo: Atholl Estates

As well as our local residents, many species of bird come to the Cairngorms NP from further north.

Redwing Speyside - Simon

Redwing – photo Speyside Wildlife

Most of all, it’s a time of stunning colour! Here are some lovely images from previous years and we’re hoping to see more like this during the next few weeks!

Autumnal colours

The River Spey at Dulnain Bridge – photo: Eric Hart

Blair Castle autumn

Blair Castle – photo Atholl Estates

Balmoral autumn

Balmoral – photo via Visit Braemar

Glen Clova autumn

Glen Clova – photo Glen Clova Hotel

Rowan berries

Rowan berries

Loch Garten

Loch Garten


Autumn leaves

Cairngorms in autumn view

Misty view to the Cairngorms