3 Cultural events not to miss in Scotland this fall

26th September 2018

We’ve captured the top 3 events happening this fall, perfect for foodies, whisky aficionados, music enthusiasts and everyone in between.

 

What better way to experience authentic Scottish culture and traditions?!

 

Dornoch whisky festival – 26th to 29th October 2018

This is the 4th annual Dornoch Whisky Festival with exhibitors from all over the country who specialise in whisky, gin and non alcoholic goodies.

The event has something to suit everyone’s taste, from the whisky connoisseur to the novice. You can choose from whisky and chocolate pairings, whisky tasting dinners, and VIP masterclasses not to mention the live music and entertainment. If you still need some more excuses to visit then Dornoch is on the NC500 route, has the Royal Dornoch golf club and is only 20 minutes away from the fairytale Dunrobin Castle.

www.dornochwhiskyfestival.com

 

The Enchanted Forest – 4th October to 4th of November 2018

Set amidst the stunning woodland of Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, The Enchanted Forest is the current winner of the UK’s Best Cultural Event. A magical music and light show that illuminates Faskally Wood and is an unforgettable way to enjoy a Scottish forest after dark. It’s also run as a charity and the money raised each year goes to fund a range of community projects, including pipe band uniforms. Tickets should be bought in advance as this sells out on certain days.

If you want to continue the arboricultural theme then Fortingall Yew which is widely thought to be the UK’s oldest tree at between 2,000 – 3,000 years old, is less than an hour’s drive away. This whole area will be stunning at this time of year with the leaves turning golden red, and there are a multitude of beautiful country hotels, great restaurants and distilleries nearby.

www.enchantedforest.org.uk

 

The Small Halls Festival – 23rd of November to 1st of December 2018

We are very excited about the inaugural Small Halls festival taking place on the Isle of Skye and surrounding area. Traditionally in the Highlands we would go to the local village hall for a range of celebrations and especially for a cèilidh*.  This festival is showcasing that fine custom, with some of the best and most famous Scottish traditional musicians around, it is also adding other art forms and for good measure a whisky tasting with live tunes in a distillery. It will be a very exciting addition to the Scottish cultural calendar, just don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes.

There is so much to see and do on and around Skye that it should definitely be on your bucket list and as you can see from the above photo, Skye looks pretty spectacular in cooler weather too.

This is hot of the press so still more details being finalised: www.SEALL-Festival-of-Small-Halls-INFORMATION-240918

 

*A cèilidh is a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering. In its most basic form, it simply means a social visit. In contemporary usage, it usually involves dancing and playing Gaelic folk music, either at a house party or a larger concert at a social hall or other community gathering place.

 

If you would like to plan a longer trip around any of these great events then please get in touch and we would be only too happy to help you plan something away from the ordinary www.awayfromtheordinary.com/contact