Scotland Events highlights for the month of October include the Edinburgh Cocktail Festival, Enchanted Forest, Callander Jazz & Blues Festival, and Royal National Mod.
Possible cancellations or postponements. Please check with the venue/event organiser for updates.
Scotland Events October 2021….
Wigtown Book Town Festival
23rd September – 3rd October, 2021
Known as Scotland’s national book town, Wigtown hosts the festival with over 250,000 books. A great chance to meet some of the country’s renowned writers.
Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
TBC, South Beach, Troon
Showcasing over 150 real ales from around the UK, plus a range of real ciders and perry from around the country.
The Enchanted Forest
Choreographic creation of dramatic light and sound performances. A night time spectacular set in Perthshire’s Big Tree Country.
Ness Book Fest
Events in Central Library, Town Hall, local schools, Waterstones Inverness, and more venues to be announced. Most events will be ticketed but free of charge to attend.
Callander Jazz & Blues Festival
1st – 3rd October 2021, Callander
Live jazz, blues, soul and boogie. From solo artists to big bands, over 200 musicians ensure a long weekend of great music in the autumn splendour of the Trossachs.
Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival
TBC, Blairgowrie Community Campus
The aim of the festival is to foster and encourage a love of literature in all its forms by sharing our passion for reading and writing in a friendly environment.
Ben Nevis Challenge
Trek the UK’s highest mountain with local guides.
Edinburgh Coffee Festival
TBC, Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
We celebrate Scotland’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene, and it promises to be a must-see occasion for coffee enthusiasts from across the country.
Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Come join our carnival of the very best of modern beer culture and brewing creativity. A world class line-up of breweries, headline music acts and Scotland’s finest street food fiends will come together for three days of pure outrageous celebration.
Scotland’s Boat Show
8th – 10th October 2021, Kip Marina, Inverkip
View new and pre-owned boats for sale, plus onshore attractions and restaurant.
The Royal National Mod
Ceud Mile Failte (One Hundred Thousand Welcomes)! The Royal National MOD, Scotland’s premier celebration of its Gaelic language. Relax with a ceilidh, concert, exhibition and a showcase of all things Gaelic.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week
11th – 17th October 2021, various venues
A week-long programme of events & parties across the city, including a Cocktail Village at Festival Square on Lothian Road.
Halloween Pumpkin Trail
TBC, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway
Tread through the crispy autumn leaves and find the hidden pumpkins to receive a delicious treat.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling.
St Andrews Golf Week
17th – 23rd October 2021, St Andrews
Follow in the footsteps of the great and play not only the legendary Old Course but also the other excellent St Andrews courses.
Edinburgh Horror Festival
21st – 31st October 2021, Edinburgh
Movie screenings, theatre, comedy, magic, spoken word, stalls and more.
Men’s 10K Run
24th October 2021, Edinburgh
Help to support The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice. Start on the historic Royal Mile, and finish at the BT Murrayfield Stadium.
Paisley Halloween Festival
Street theatre and death-defying aerial performers, plus a spectacular carnival-style Dark Circus parade.
Samhuinn Fire Festival
31st October 2021, centre of Edinburgh
Takes place on top of Calton Hill. The story follows the ideas of the overthrowing of Summer by Winter, with a stand-off between the Summer and Winter Kings.
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MAJOR EVENTS IN SCOTLAND ….
Edinburgh Military Tattoo: You’ll have to book your Edinburgh Military Tattoo tickets early if you want to see this magnificent spectacle, and internationally acclaimed event, set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival: One of the world’s largest arts events, the Festival stages more than 2,000 shows in hundreds of theatres, and a lot more.
Edinburgh Hogmanay: Year after year the Hogmanay street party brings something new: Torchlight Procession, Carnival, Street Theatre and more.
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