October 2019

A selection of autumn events in Scotland

Wigtown Book Festival
27 September - 6 October 2019, Dumfries & Galloway
The Lowlands have their own romance, giving birth to many of the writers, thinkers, warriors, explorers and inventors who have helped to shape the modern world. Hear their stories and explore the link between Galloway's stunning Lowland landscape and its people; drop in for a dram at Scotland's most southerly distillery and discover the lands where Robert the Bruce earned his spurs.

The Enchanted Forest
3 October - 3 November 2019, 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.

Ayrshire Real Ale Festival
3 - 5 October 2019, Troon
Celebrating its 20th year in 2019.

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival
4 - 6 October 2019
The largest rural Jazz & Blues festival in Scotland.

Ullapool Guitar Festival
4 - 6 October 2019
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.

Crieff & Strathearn Drovers’ Tryst Walking Festival
5 - 12 October 2019, 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.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon & Festival of Running
6 October 2019
Runners complete a full marathon around Loch Ness. From Inverness there are 5K and 10K River Ness fun runs.

3 - 5 October 2019
Inverness book festival

4 - 6 October 2019, Perthshire
Book festival in Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens of East Perthshire

27 - 29 October 2019
This annual walking and outdoor festival is one of the largest and most varied in Scotland.

Kirkcudbright Festival of Light
10 - 13 October 2019, Dumfries and Galloway,
Arts festival launched in 2018.

World Porridge Making Championship
12 October 2019, Carrbridge, Cairngorms
Keen amateur and professional chefs compete for the title of world porridge making champion.

The Spree
tbc October 2019, Paisley
Music festival.

Royal National Mod
11 - 19 October 2019
Annual Gaelic competitions. For 2019 this will be held in Glasgow.

Aviemore half marathon
13 October 2019, Aviemore

Festival of the Future
16 - 20 October 2019
A festival hosted in Dundee combining dance, science, words, music, design, theatre and food through performances, talks, workshops, and more.

St Andrews Voices
17 - 20 October 2019, St Andrews, Fife
Opera, choirs, vocal music in all its forms.

Biggar Little Festival
17 - 27 October 2019, 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
18 - 31 October 2019, Edinburgh

The Dramathon
19 October 2019, Speyside
Choose to enter the marathon, half marathon, 10K or relay race. The marathon route follows the Speyside Way from Glenfarclas distillery to Glenfiddich distillery. You can pick up the corresponding miniatures at the end of the race.

Sound Festival
23 October - 3 November 2019, Aberdeen
Innovation and new music including classical, jazz, electroacoustic, and sound art in venues in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

23 October - 17 November 2019, Dean Castle Country Park, East Ayrshire
Stunning lights, sounds and installations in the country park.

Ullapool Beer Festival
tbc 24 - 26 October 2019
This Wester Ross festival is now in its 15th year offering a great celebration of real beers, food and music.

Tarbert Book Festival
tbc late October 2019, Tarbert, Kintyre
Events for all ages at this local book festival.

25 - 31 October 2019, Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens will be transformed at Halloween in a spectacular sound and light show which was incredibly popular when it was launched in 2018.

Dornoch Whisky Festival
25 - 28 October 2019, Dornoch, Scottish Highlands

Kirkcudbright Food Festival
tbc late October 2019, Dumfries & Galloway
Food and drink from local producers.

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