.. of mists and mellow fruitfullness
29 August 2019
The distinctive B&Bs that form the Wolsey Lodge association are perfect bases from which to experience Britain's Autumn colours. Some have spreading grounds that provide a private palette, while others are near to National Parks, regal estates or National Trust land. Best of all, you'll have the inside information of your hosts, whose local knowledge can steer you to the best places to go.
Leaves turn first in Scotland and the change works south through the country so if you time your travels carefully you can experience this magical time of year right up until November.
The far north of Scotland is known as big tree country, with more than 25 species adding to a dramatic landscape. Silver birch, hazel, ash and oak start to turn in late September, peaking in early October. Lys-Na-Greyne - literally 'the meadow of the sun' - is a great base from which to explore.
Lys-Na-Greyne is set in three and a half hectares on the River Dee, looking across the water to Glen Tanar, Mount Keen and the Cairngorms National Park. Though Glen Tanar might lack the swept grandeur of the Cairngorm moorlands it is in fact a better place to find autumn colours. The nearby Muir of Dinnet nature reserve also protects a range of trees, lakes and waterfalls.
Cardross, Kippen, Stirlingshire
Built as a tower house in 1598, this grand stately home is set high above t he River Forth, with commanding views in every direction. Cardross is perfectly placed to explore the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park which leads on to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. The lakes and forests here have inspired generations of artists and poets, including Wordsworth and Coleridge. Loch Katrine, in particular, is at its most spectacular in Autumn and the vistas will be instantly recognised by anyone who's ever attended furniture auctions: the views were irresistible to amateur Victorian painters who tried to capture its beauty with varying levels of success.