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Top 8 Autumn Activities in Scotland

Autumn in Scotland is beautiful. With beautiful natural landscapes to explore, cozy places to stay, and delicious food and drink to indulge in, the time to visit Scotland is now!

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The nation is bursting with festive activities before it ushers in winter, so The American-Scottish Foundation has compiled a list of eight recommended activities to enjoy during your autumn visit.



1. The Enchanted Forest

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October 1 – November 1

Faskally Wood, Atholl Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire

This one of a kind experience offers amazing visuals and innovative design set against an original music score in a beautiful autumnal setting. Using the natural woodland backdrop, designers Kate Bonney and RJ McConnell have created an immersive experience that sets the forest alight.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

2. 2015 World Gymnastics Championships


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October 23 – November 1

The SSE Hydro, Exhibition Way, Glasgow

Glasgow will be hosting the 2015 World Gymnastics Championship where more than 500 of the world’s best gymnasts will compete. The winner will receive the title of World Champion, as well as secure a place at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

3. Tweed Valley Forest Festival

October 23 – November 1

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Tweed Valley, Peebles

For ten days the Peebles area with celebrate its Halloween customs and forest culture. The festivities will include a food festival, the Scottish Conker Championships, and a unique wood market featuring handmade wooden gifts and carvings. Family friendly, spook-tacular events and Halloween activities will abound.

Learn more here.

4. Scottish International Storytelling Festival 

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Image via list.co.uk

October 23 – November 1

43-45 High Street, Edinburgh

Scotland has a rich history of storytelling, and Edinburgh will celebrate this history with a festival of spoken tales. The Scottish International Storytelling Festival celebrates the art of classic European folktales and explores the way in which the publication of the Brothers Grimm Tales sparked a revival of storytelling 200 years ago.

Learn more here.

5. Dundee Science Festival

October 31 – November 15

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Greenmarket, Dundee

The annual Science Festival will offer various exciting events involving physics, computer science, engineering, psychology and astronomy. There will be interactive and educational events for all ages spread across the exciting little city of Dundee.

Learn more here.

6. St Andrew’s Day

November 30

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St Andrew is Scotland’s patron saint. The diagonal cross on which St Andrew died actually features on Scotland’s national flag, the Saltire. St Andrew’s Day is a national holiday in Scotland with many events taking place across the country to celebrate. Many of Scotland’s historic attractions offer free admission for the day, while restaurants serve traditional Scottish fare and pubs host parties galore.

Learn more here.

7. Edinburgh’s Christmas 

November 20 – January 6

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Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh’s famous Christmas festival will return, spreading festive cheer through the enchanting city of Edinburgh. The city transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland, complete with a German Christmas market and many rides and activities for the whole family.

Learn more here.

8. Glasgow On Ice


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November 27 – December 31

Glasgow, Scotland

Every November, Glasgow is infused with festive cheer. Beautiful Christmas lights serve as a backdrop for the open-air ice-rink which will open in the historic George Square. With accompanying music, rides, and free family events, this month-long event is not to be missed.

Learn more here.

U2, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys Perform at 20th Annual MTV EMA Awards in Glasgow

On Sunday night, thousands of audience members and millions of viewers were dazzled by the star-studded lineup of the 20th annual MTV EMA Awards.

Ariana Grande flying above the crowdAriana Grande performed at the MTV EMAs in Glasgow on November 9

Hosted at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow by artist Nicki Minaj on November 9, 2014, the awards featured performances by Ariana Grande, U2, Ed Sheeran, Enrique IglesiasAlicia Keys, Brighton duo Royal Blood, Canadian artist Kiesza, and Minaj herself.

The band One Direction won the largest number of awards, recieving five titles, including Best Pop, Best Live, and Biggest Fans.

Nicki Manaj with her MTV EMA awardHost Nicki Minaj won the award for “Best Hip Hop”

Other individuals winning multiple awards included Ariana Grande, Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer and Katy Perry.

Throughout the evening, performers paid homage to Glasgow and Scotland in various ways. Bagpipe band The Red Hot Chilli Pipers were featured in a video with Ed Sheeran for a duet, and later appeared onstage with David Hasselhoff, who sported a kilt and Braveheart war-paint for the evening. Host Nicki Minaj even wrote the audience a special “Scottish rap.”

The awards show is estimated to have brought a £10m boost to the city’s economy, with thousands of hotel bookings from visitors around the world.