Scotland Events highlights for the month of October include the Edinburgh Cocktail Festival, Enchanted Forest, Callander Jazz & Blues Festival, and Royal National Mod.
Scotland Events October 2020….
Wigtown Book Town Festival
25th September – 4th October 2020, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway
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
1st – 3rd October 2020, Troon Concert Hall, South Beach, Troon
Showcasing over 150 real ales from around the UK, plus a range of real ciders and perry from around the 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.
The Enchanted Forest
1st October – 1st November 2020, Pitlochry
Choreographic creation of dramatic light and sound performances. A night time spectacular set in Perthshire’s Big Tree Country.
Callander Jazz & Blues Festival
2nd – 4th October 2020, 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
2nd – 4th October 2020, 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
3rd October 2020
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.
Scotland’s Boat Show
9th – 11th October 2020, Kip Marina, Inverkip
View new and pre-owned boats for sale, plus onshore attractions and restaurant.
The Royal National Mod
9th – 17th October 2020, Inverness
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
12th – 18th October 2020, 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.
St Andrews Golf Week
18th – 24th October 2020, 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.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
19th – 31st October 2020, Edinburgh
Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling.
Edinburgh Short Film Festival
We’re excited to bring a programme of outstanding short cinema, featuring 29 UK premieres & 32 award-winning short films!
Paisley Halloween Festival
30th – 31st October 2020, Paisley
Street theatre and death-defying aerial performers, plus a spectacular carnival-style Dark Circus parade.
Spirits of Scone Halloween
TBC, Scone Palace, Perth
The nights are getting dark, and the grounds will be transformed into a truly terrifying playground for menacing ghouls and horror film freaks. They’re lurking in the woods and hiding in the maze; this is where your nightmares come to life!
Edinburgh Horror Festival
Movie screenings, theatre, comedy, magic, spoken word, stalls and more.
Samhuinn Fire Festival
31st October 2020, centre of Edinburgh
The Samhuinn celebration 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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