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Autumn in Scotland creates some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. And with its vast areas of woodland the Argyll Forrest is already ablaze with gold, red and orange as the changing season gets into full flow.


With eight holiday parks across Argyll, including Hunter’s Quay in Dunoon and Drimsynie in Lochgoilhead, Argyll Holidays knows only too well the appeal of Autumn. That’s why it’s urging people to come Leaf Peeping at its resorts. A popular pastime in the USA and Japan, Leaf Peeping is just as its name suggests – peeping at the beautiful array of multi-coloured leaves the season brings.


With almost a fifth of Scotland’s land area covered in trees, there is no shortage of leaves to peep. Here’s a snapshot of some of the trees you can expect to see across Argyll Holidays’ parks:


Native trees



·         Hawthorn – legend has it that to cut down a hawthorn was to invite bad luck and to bring the blossom indoors is to court misfortune. The tree’s berries turn dark red in Autumn and the leaves have small deep divided lobes turning a spotted yellow to brown.


·         Silver Birch – One of the world’s hardiest trees, mature trees can reach 30m in height and form a feathery canopy. Often referred to as the holy tree by Pagan, Celtic and Germanic tribes the tree is believed to have powers of renewal and purification. In autumn the leaves turn a beautiful golden yellow.


·         Beech – When fully grown this tree creates a dome shaped canopy and can grow up to 36m high. In autumn the leaves turn yellow followed by a burnt orange and then deep red. The tree also produces beech nuts which contain triangular nutlets, another common food for wildlife.


·         Scots Pine – these trees can live for up to 700 years. Mature trees have a brown bark from the base turning red towards the crown of the tree. The pine cone is a popular site in autumn and is also a favourite food of the native red squirrel.



Non-native trees


·         Norway Maple – Arrived in the UK in the 17th century, this tree can reach a height of around 30m. Their winged seeds, known as samara, are often played with by kids because they look a bit like helicopters. In autumn the leaves turn yellow through to a scarlett red.


·         European Larch – The only deciduous conifer native to central Europe, this tree was introduced to the UK in the 1700s. It was first planted as a specimen tree and is now seen as a commercial crop all over Argyll. Rather than leaves, this tree produces golden yellow needles in autumn and its egg shaped cones can stay on the trees for years after they have dispersed seeds.


Leaf peeping is a great activity to do as a family, couple, group of friends or even solo and best of all it’s completely free. All you need is a pair of wellies, an outdoor jacket and an inquisitive mind and it’s a great way to pass a morning or afternoon.


The Scottish Highlands is one of Britain and Europe’s last remaining wildernesses and Argyll Holidays takes its role in protecting the local landscape very seriously. For the past six years, the company has been the recipient of a 7 Gold David Bellamy award which are given to organisations who protect and enhance Britain’s natural environment.


Jackie McBurney, environmental coordinator at Argyll Holidays said: “The Argyll Forrest is magical in autumn. From its rainbow of golden colours to its endless list of nature and wildlife, it’s where real adventures take place. Leaf peeping is an easy, educational and fun way to spend some time – there really is nothing better than getting out into the fresh Scottish air.”

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