Sign post with "West Highland Way" written on it and pointing to the left. Green rolling field in the background with line of trees.
Take a walk along the West Highland Way which passes right through the village.
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Breathe in Crisp Fall Air at These 8 Destinations in Europe

Bridge of Orchy, Scotland

Deep within the Scottish Highlands, the Bridge of Orchy is a village surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery that includes towering mountains and grand castles that, in autumn, often seem to appear magically out of the mist before vanish just as quickly as they appeared.

Take the walk along the West Highland Way, which passes right through the village and links Fort William to Milngavie to experience some of the best autumn foliage around.

Man standing in long grass on the edge of a lake with patchwork fields on the far side and mountains rising up into hazy skies.Take a picnic or walk along the shores of Loch Lomond, the largest inland body of water in the UK.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Loch Lomond, Scotland

Another Scottish gem, Loch Lomond is the largest inland body of water in the United Kingdom by surface area and is the focus of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. The “Queen of Scottish Lakes,” as author Walter Scott described it, is filled with salmon and trout, making it popular with anglers, but it’s ideal for picnics and walks along the shore as well.

The park also boasts an area of woodland glens that is a top spot for autumn strolls, with the Western Atlantic oaks putting on a dazzling show. A road trip from Glasgow to Dundee will take you right through Trossachs National Park, so you can see plenty of Scottish beauty over the course of a few days.

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Lake with mountain on its edge covered in houses and trees.View of Lugano and Lake Lugano, situated on the border between southern Switzerland and northern Italy.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano sits just south of the Alps on the shores of Lake Lugano in Switzerland and is surely one of the best European cities to visit in October, at the peak of the fall season. During the fall, visitors enjoy a pleasant climate in a choreographed setting of glorious colors.

If you go during the first weekend of October, you can take part in the Autumn Festival too, which hosts lots of folkloric music along with the celebration of grapes and fine wines.

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