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 2023….
Wigtown Book Town Festival
22nd September – 1st October 2023
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.
Callander Jazz & Blues Festival
29th September – 1st October 2023, 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.
Baxters Loch Ness Marathon
1st October 2023
The Enchanted Forest
5th October – 5th November 2023, Pitlochry
Choreographic creation of dramatic light and sound performances. A night time spectacular set in Perthshire’s Big Tree Country.
Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
TBC, Troon Concert Hall
Showcasing over 150 real ales from around the UK, plus a range of real ciders and perry from around the country.
Ness Book Fest
6th – 8th October 2023, Inverness
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.
Edinburgh Cocktail Week
6th – 15th October 2023, various venues
A week-long programme of events & parties across the city, including a Cocktail Village at Festival Square on Lothian Road.
Blairgowrie, Rattray & The Glens Book Festival
7th – 8th October 2023, 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.
TBC, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway
Pumpkin Trail, Spy Trail, Witches & Wizards Digital Trail.
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
TBC, Kip Marina, Inverkip
View new and pre-owned boats for sale, plus onshore attractions and restaurant.
The Royal National Mod
13th – 21st October 2023, Paisley
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.
Scottish International Storytelling Festival
13th – 30th October, 2023, Edinburgh
Enchanting performances, workshops, talks and events centred around traditional storytelling.
St Andrews Golf Week
15th – 21st October 2023 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.
Men’s 10K Run
22nd October 2023, 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
27th – 28th October 2023, Paisley
Street theatre and death-defying aerial performers, plus a spectacular carnival-style Dark Circus parade.
Samhuinn Fire Festival
TBC, 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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