We all know that September in Moray is the beginning of Autumn and living here in this part of Scotland means my favourite season comes alive. Moray is one of the most heavily forested counties in the United Kingdom. So while you might visualise Scotland as covered in various Pine trees all evergreen in colour, this does not apply to Moray. Indeed our Forests are a rich mix of Beech, Horse Chestnut, Rowans and many other deciduous trees. What does this mean? It means that throughout September to November this part of Scotland is covered in gold and the beauty is breathtaking. Forget taking your flight to New England to go leaf-peeping come to Scotland.
Add to that the uniquely identifiable Larch Trees that turn a brilliant yellow-gold in the swathes of pine trees and you will be a convert to Scottish Autumn colours for life.
This season of so-called mists and mellow fruitfulness with our wonderful Moray micro-climate means we generally enjoy light, long, warm days but cooler nights. This creates the perfect environment for autumn colour as the trees conserve their nutrients and deprive their leaves leaving them to change colour from green to gold.
Sadly September in Moray and Scotland generally can be our wettest month but I am not sure we see that in this part of Scotland. However, rain is indeed a way of life up here and without it, we would not have some of these autumnal colours nor the fields of barley for the Whisky industry.
Then of course there are the amazing different types of fungi you will see as you walk around. Reportedly the signs of a healthy and unpolluted environment are truly beautiful. Of course, we have both edible Chanterelles and deadly Toadstools. Sadly I am not clever enough to know all the different ones nor am I brave enough to find out.
This to me is the perfect time to be outside riding or walking. The scenery, if you are driving, will make you want to stop to take a photo around every corner.
You will also notice the fields being harvested for their crop, quite often later in this area than other parts of the country. Fields of more yellow gold and bales of straw waiting for winter.
September in Moray Festivals and Events
Prefer a different type of event – we have it all. Check out Nairn Book and Arts Festival – there is absolutely something for everyone here from talks from your favourite author to superb blues bands in the evenings and that is before you have visited the beautiful Nairn beaches.
This September marks seven years of us making our home here at Blervie House. We spent three years renovating the House and four years welcoming guests into our home. During these years we have spent time exploring the area, visiting the attractions, appreciating the history all of which we love to share with guests here with us enjoying our home.
We are always keen to share the best walks, beaches and historical attractions. Living here is an amazing location as a base to explore anywhere from the Cairngorms National Park, to the West Coast to even taking a day trip to the Orkney Islands. And with Inverness Airport just 30 minutes away we are easily accessible from anywhere in the UK.
So even if the trees are preparing themselves for Winter all of the usual attractions are open as normal. September is a lovely time to visit the natural scenery the Scottish landscape presents.