October 2014 Events

Events across Scotland in October 2014.

Homecoming Scotland 2014

The year-long programme of events will be celebrating the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage.

Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh

A Scottish Farmers market with a continental heart - quality local artisan crafts too!

Open every Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

St Abbs Market

Local produce, crafts and gift market with local artwork, gifts and food.


Games for Angus

Angus, the host venue of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 will celebrate the culture and history of the Commonwealth Games through Games for Angus.

MOBO Awards

Mobo Awards is the hottest urban music event that showcases the finest selection of established and up-and-coming national and international MOBO Music acts.

Guided Autumn Walk

Rothesay Wrap up warm and enjoy the spectacle of rich autumnal colours by joining Graham Alcorn our deputy head gardener on a guided walk of the estate. On a crisp autumn day the colours of beech, maples, and oak trees turn the whole estate into vibrant shades of oranges, yellows and browns.

Ghosts of Traquair

Set out on a ghostly candlelit tour of Traquair and listen to a few spooky tales along the way.

Scotland Sings

Scotland Sings takes place throughout the year, giving visitors the chance to sing in public through a series of events around the country.

Angus Farmers' Market

The stall holders from the Angus Farmers' Market will be looking out their tartan bonnets to take part in the Tartan Week festivities. This is a chance to celebrate Scottish people, heritage and culture and of course to sample all the market brings with first class local produce.

Tour Auchentoshan Distillery

Explore a full range of whiskies and exclusive ale. Open seven days a week. Holidays: 25th and 26th of December and the 1st and 2nd of January.

Wigtown Book Festival

Scotland's number 1 book festival in Scotland's book town. 10 days of readers and writers meeting and enjoying themselves.

Highland Archaeology Festival

Explore Scotland's ancient past, including walks, practical demonstrations, family events, self-guided trails in this festival that extends to a fortnight.

Torridon Walking Festival

The Torridon Walking Festival aims to provide an enjoyable walking experience for seasoned walkers and those less used to the conditions: High level mountain walks Low level walks Nature guides

Glasgow Americana

Blues, country and folk fest following in the footsteps of the fondly remembered Big Big Country festival.


Luminate, one of the recent entrants to the festival list of Scotland celebrates our creative lives as we age by offering a wide range of inspirational arts activities with and for older people.

Cumnock Music Festival

2013 marks ten years of this local multi-arts festival. Mixing music, art, comedy, poetry and a popular carnival, the bill includes Les Mc Ewan's Legendary Bay City Rollers, Talon: The Best of the Eagles, Phil Collins and Koda.

Ullapool Guitar Weekend Festival

A weekend of masterclasses, workshops, ceilidhs and concerts with some of the best acoustic guitarists in the world. Tickets include Evening Concerts, Blues Cruises, & Workshops.

Feis na Mara

A predominantly traditional music festival, with a roster of live bands, most of which have a local connection, workshops, a family dance and impromptu sessions in the pubs.

Torridon Real Ale Festival

Torridon takes it ales seriously. Showcasing over 20 ales with tasting notes on each, a vote for Ale of the Festival, and some out of the ordinary flavours, seven handpumps work at any one time to keep the ale flowing.

Ullapool Guitar Festival

An event for guitar lovers that includes a combination of workshops, concerts, late night sessions and a trade fair with several top manufacturers of bespoke guitars.

Callander Jazz and Blues Festival

A long weekend of jazz and blues music with specks of touch of soul and rock'n'roll to give a diverse musical experience, enjoy a jazz cruise on Loch Katrine or soak up the beautiful surroundings. If you can play or sing, the  open mic jam session will surely be of interest to you.

Callander Jazz & Blues Festival

A weekend extravaganza of jazz and blues in October by over thirty international, national and local bands at various venues in this eastern gateway town to the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.

World Porridge Making Championship

The World Porridge Making Championships is followed with interest by fans of Scotland's traditional national dish across the globe. This celebration of Scottish culture includes a pipe band parade of judges and competitors, the official Toast to the Porridge, craft & produce stalls, live music, 3km & 5km Forest Run etc. World Porridge Day - oatmeal events across the globe in aid of Mary's Meals.

Islay Book Festival

An intimate and friendly festival that caters to Scotland's love of crime thrillers as well as introducing quirky and challenging books in a programme with something for all ages.

Midlothian Science Festival

Entertainment and information in equal measures- Midlothian science festival is for all age groups and tastes.

Cowalfest Walking and Arts Festival

Cowalfest, Scotland's largest walking festival, is now also a major arts festival with a 10-day programme of walks, arts, cultural and social events

Shetland Wool Week

Shetland Wool Week comprises of masterclasses, workshops and events led by professionals from the textile and design industry, along with a makers market and exhibitions.

Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival

The highlight of this lively festival of concerts and dances, that take place throughout the islands, is the Grand Dance, where up to a dozen bands play virtually non-stop accordion and fiddle music.


Founded in 1993, with appearances by Sir Ian McKellen and Rhona Cameron, the Glasgay! festival celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2014.

Tunnock's Tour of Mull Rally

Claimed to be 'the best rally in the world', the thrilling Tunnock's Tour of Mull sees cars compete against the clock over the island's often single-track public roads, with lots of hairpins, steep hills and big drops!

East Dunbartonshire Arts Festival

An eclectic programme of arts and music that extends over five-weeks. The events will be taking place at arts venues, public buildings, craft workshops, hotels, pubs, Cafes and theatres across East Dunbartonshire, taking the event through the villages and towns before the grand finale at Mugdock Country Park with the week-long music festival.