October 2018

A selection of autumn events in Scotland

The Enchanted Forest
4 October - 4 November 2018, Pitlochry, Perthshire
Scotland’s premier light and sound event uses the autumnal splendour of Faskally Wood as a natural backdrop to a glittering and original experience that is simply spectacular.

Scottish Tree Festival
30 September - 2 December 2018
Organised by Discover Scottish Gardens for the first time this year, the festival will feature over 50 events across the country, culminating with the UK’s National Tree Week (24 Novemer to 2 December).

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
4 - 7 October 2018
168 professionals and 168 amateurs playing in teams of two. The teams play at 3 different courses for the first 3 days with the final round played at the Old Course at St Andrews.

NessBookFest
4 - 7 October 2018
Inverness book festival

Cowalfest
5 - 12 October 2018
This annual walking and outdoor festival is one of the largest and most varied in Scotland.

Bookmark
5 - 7 October 2018, Perthshire
Book festival in Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens of East Perthshire

Ullapool Guitar Festival
5 - 7 October 2018
Annual music festival which started in 2000. This informal festival is a mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned performers and those just starting out on their careers.

Kirkcudbright Festival of Light
5 - 14 October, Dumfries and Galloway,
Brand new arts festival including the opening of Kirkcudbright Galleries.

World Porridge Making Championship
6 October 2018, Carrbridge, Cairngorms
Keen amateur and professional chefs compete for the title of world porridge making champion.

Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival
6 - 14 October 2018, Perthshire
Celebrating the people who made Crieff the cattle-droving crossroads of Scotland in the 1700s. Guided walks for all abilities to enjoy Perthshire's autumn colours and stunning scenery.

The Spree
12 - 20 October 2018, Paisley
Music festival.

Royal National Mod
12 - 20 October 2018
Annual Gaelic competitions. For 2018 this will be held in various venues around Dunoon in Argyll.

Aviemore half marathon
14 October 2018, Aviemore

Festival of the Future
17 - 21 October 2018
A brand new festival for Dundee combining dance, science, words, music, design, theatre and food through performances, talks, workshops, and more.

Biggar Little Festival
18 - 28 October 2018, Lanarkshire
A festival of the five arts, music, drama, dance, visual arts and literature. Add a smattering of comedy, food and crafts, and a fireworks finale and for 10 days in October little Biggar is the place to be.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival
19 - 31 October 2018, Edinburgh

Sound Festival
24 October - 4 November 2018, Aberdeen
Innovation and new music including classical, jazz, electroacoustic, and sound art.

Illuminight
24 October - 18 November, Dean Castle Country Park, East Ayrshire
Stunning lights, sounds and installations in the country park.

Ullapool Beer Festival
25 - 27 October 2018
This Wester Ross festival is now in its 14th year offering a great celebration of real beers, food and music.

St Andrews Voices
25 - 28 October 2018, St Andrews, Fife
Opera, choirs, vocal music in all its forms.

Tarbert Book Festival
26 - 28 October 2018, Tarbert, Kintyre
Events for all ages at this local book festival.

Dornoch Whisky Festival
26 - 29 October 2018, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands

Kirkcudbright Food Festival
27 - 28 October 2018, Dumfries & Galloway
Food and drink from local producers.

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