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FAB5: Best things to do in Scotland in October

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

There are so many exciting things happening in Scotland this October, but we’ve picked out the top 5. Whether it’s a day out tasting the best spirits in the country or taking the children out for some half-term fun, here’s your guide to the best of Scotland this October.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Book enthusiasts will love the Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Running from 15th to 30th October, the Scottish International Storytelling Festival brings your imagination to reality. The festival offers both online and in-person events for all the family to enjoy. Escape reality through walking tours, traditional Gaelic storytelling and live music. The event has numerous locations across the country, so wherever you are you will not miss out! Immerse yourself in the history and culture of Scotland by taking part in the unique festival this October.

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Scottish Gin Festivals
Scottish Gin Festivals

Enjoy a gin and tonic at Scottish Gin Festivals

Scottish Gin Festivals is taking the country by storm this autumn, heading to five different locations this October alone! Indulge in a delicious tipple whilst listening to some great live music. The festival will be taking place at Glasgow, Perth, Inverness and Forfar and continues further across Scotland into winter. Tickets are £15, and with this you receive a bag of freebies, gin sampling and even a branded glass to take home!

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Stirling Whisky Festival
Stirling Distillery Whisky Festival in Scotland

Discover how your favourite tipple comes to life

Located at the Stirling Highland Hotel, the Stirling Whisky Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday on 30th October. The festival allows ticketholders to sample various malts from around the country helping you to appreciate how these famous whiskies are created from start to finish. Enjoy a wee dram with friends and family and discover how your favourite tipple comes to life!

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Loch Lomond Faerie Trail
Child in a forest

Venture into the woods… if you dare!

Enjoy half-term fun with the kids this October by taking part in the scary Faerie Trail. Suitable for all ages and based in the beautiful village of Luss, overlooking Loch Lomond, the trail is decorated specifically for the spooky season and includes an activity guidebook to help you solve the mystery of the Pumpkin Patch Faerie. At the end of this wonderful family adventure your little ones will receive souvenirs, sweets and a fruit squash upon completion. Rest assured they haven’t forgot the adults, though – a hot drink is included with every adult ticket!

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Edinburgh Horror Festival
Edinburgh Dungeons in Scotland

Witness the autopsy of one of Burke & Hare’s victims in Dr Knox’s Anatomy Theatre at Edinburgh Dungeons

The week approaching Halloween brings Edinburgh’s famous Horror Festival. Edinburgh Dungeons, The Banshee Labyrinth and Museums & Galleries Edinburgh have partnered up to give you a plethora of frightful festivities this autumn. Explore Edinburgh’s eerie old town and enter the world-renowned dungeons listening to tales of terror or pay a visit to the stand-up Horror Show to listen to dark, some might say evil, humour!

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Image credits: ©Annie Spratt/Unsplash; Bejoy Sanjeev; Scottish Gin Festivals; Stirling Distillery; The Edinburgh Dungeon

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