Autumn Events in the Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland are a spectacular destination to visit in the autumn. Before winter’s chill fully sets in, the Highlands are transformed into a wash of autumn colours. From lochs bordered by stunning red and yellow forests to sandy windswept coasts, the Highlands are an unmissable sight in September and October. During these months, the Highlands host a number of events which are guaranteed to keep you entertained during your trip. To help you plan your holiday, we’ve put together the best autumn events in the Highlands:


Ullapool Guitar Weekend Festival

Unleash your inner rockstar at the Ullapool Guitar Festival. Now in its 20th year of running, the festival is an eclectic mix of traditional, classical, modern and rock music. Each year this festival attracts world-renowned guitarists as well as those who are at the beginning of their careers. The popularity of this festival is in no small part due to its fantastic location on the banks of Loch Broom and its relaxed atmosphere.

The Ullapool Guitar Weekend Festival runs from the 3rd5th  October. Please visit the website for more information.


Torridon Walking Festival

With trails for both beginners and experienced hill walkers, the Torridon Walking Festival is a fantastic way to explore the Highlands during the autumn. The festival will give participants the opportunity to discover three of the finest Munros in the North West Highlands, Liathach, Beinn Eighe and Ben Alligin. However, if you don’t want to scale to dizzying heights this time, there are also plenty of flora filled lower walks that are every bit as scenic. The festival kicks off at the infamous, Liathach ridge, a 1,055 meters high knife-edge ridge that isn’t for the faint hearted!

The festival runs from the 12th – 14th of October. More information about the event can be found on the official website.


Halloween in the Glen

Grab your broom and head to Glen Nevis for a spooky evening of Halloween fun and games. When the sun sets, the mysterious glen in Fort William is the perfect setting for the ultimate Halloween party. The event is guaranteed to be a fantastic night for the whole family; kids will love competing to win the prize for the best fancy dress outfit and the best decorated pumpkin. It can get dark at the glen so don’t forget to bring a torch to ward off ghosts and ghouls when the sun sets!

The party starts at 6pm on October 28th. Visit the Highland Council website for more information.


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