An Autumn Getaway

16 October 2012

Hey guys! How's everyone enjoying Autumn? Now the sun has dissipated and winter is drawing closer, I thought it was as good a time as any to have a relaxing weekend away from the stresses and strains of living in the city..

Loch Faskally 
So, me and the boy decided to book a weekend away in Perthshire - an area I'd like to call my "Happy Place". We all have one; that one place which feels like arriving home whenever you step foot there. Having been visiting since I was 4 months old, it's not surprising why!

In autumn, especially, Perthshire is alight with amber tinged trees, making it the most beautiful time of the year to visit (in my opinion at least). Thousands of people flock to the area to experience the best of the Highland Perthshire Autumn Festival. Events including the Enchanted Forest (5th-27th October) make the most of the vibrant backdrop.

We arrived on Friday afternoon after a slightly hair-raising drive up the A9 (rain rain go away!) and quickly settled into our lovely wee room.

In search of somewhere traditional and cosy to go for dinner, we settled on the Auld Smiddy Inn. No complaints there and I really enjoyed my mozzarella chicken & cous cous with tomato jus. We'd been recommended to visit the Moulin Inn for a drink and this was perfect after dinner.. especially as we fell in love with a wee dog in the bar we christened Frederick!

The next day, after a reluctant early start for breakfast, we filled ourselves with food and went on a visit to Blair Atholl. This lovely wee village is one I'm sure a lot of fellow Scots have also visited over the years. It has become a bit of a tourist hot-spot since I used to go when I was a baby. However, it's not lost its character! I was hoping the highland cattle would still be there and sure enough the two cows I refer to as Hamish & Hettie were roaming their field..

Hamish & Hettie!
A riverside walk and a wee wander past Blair Castle before we avoided the rain ended the afternoon nicely..

That evening, we went for dinner at the Atholl Arms Hotel in Blair Atholl. It was as lovely as ever; definitely like coming home for dinner! Sitting by the fire chatting over a meal was one of the nicest parts about getting away - and not stressing about anything for once!

After a night in with a bottle of wine and films, we awoke for our final morning in Perthshire. After packing up and heading out, we wandered to Loch Faskally, Faskally Forest and then ended in The Hermitage.. This all resulted in a LOT of photo-taking opportunities! So be warned..

All photos © The Likely Lady
I hope you enjoyed reading this slightly epic photo-laden post! All in all I recommend a wee jaunt up north for all you Scots (and non-Scots!) if you have time this month. What has everyone else been up to this autumn? I'd love to hear your stories.. ♥



  1. Ooooo! Lucky you getting to go away! I love autumn, definitely my favourite time of year. I have always wanted to go to the Enchanted Forest, sounds fun!
    Lianne x

  2. This is so strange, I did exactly this last month but it was a wee bit further up north to Aviemore, and it was with my mum! My family went to Aviemore once or twice a year, every year from when I was born till I was about 14, and I feel exactly the same about going back! It's like a home from home, and it sometimes just feels nice to go back to somewhere like that and see that everything is the same and it still has that lovely, welcoming feel. The views are so similar to your gorgeous photos that reading this blogpost almost made me think I should do my own version! Just discovered your blog from Roisin and Gillian's blogger christmas party list! I have been super lazy with my own blog ( and haven't updated it in months, but I also write for :)

    Lynsey xx

    1. Ahh that's so funny you should say that as my boyfriend's home-from-home is Aviemore too! Gonna head up there next time. Haven't been before but if the views are similar, like you say, then I'll definitely enjoy it :)

      Haha yea, i'm trying to blog more often. I'll give your blog a wee follow!



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