5 unmissable Scottish outdoor events this Autumn-Winter

From enchanted forests to treasure trails and Christmas wonderlands, there’s something for everyone in the great outdoors

The transition from Summer to Autumn and Winter is a special time of year.

As the weather turns colder and nature’s colours start to change, it gives us a great excuse to cosy up, eat comfort foods and embrace the darker nights.

There are also lots of brilliant outdoor events that celebrate nature and the beauty of Scotland – many of which illuminate the night sky and some of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks and scenery.

They are particularly welcome this year after months of restrictions on travel, activities and events.

So get together, wrap up warm and enjoy the season by getting outdoors and seeing Scotland at its best!

Here are the top 5 events on our radar this year…

Wondrous Woods

Join Woody the Owl on a mystical woodland journey through the magnificent grounds of one of Scotland’s most iconic stately homes.

This enchanting woodland walk meanders through secret paths and clearings before winding up back at Hopetoun House, beautifully illuminated against the night sky.

Expect lots of creative lighting, sounds and special effects!

What: Wondrous Woods

Where: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry  

When: 21 October – 14 November

How to book: www.wondrouswoods.com

Relax, Restore & Renew Retreat

Sign up for three days of pampering in a picture-perfect Highland cottage and rediscover the best version of you before the Christmas madness kicks in.

It will equip you with all the tools and techniques you need to live your best life and nourish your body with its locally sourced, wholesome organic menu.

You’ll leave this women’s wellness retreat feeling transformed and ready for anything!

What: Relax, Restore & Renew Retreat  

Where: Highlands

When: 19 – 22 November  

How to book: www.scotlandretreats.com

Treasure Trails

Explore beautiful Scotland and uncover the secrets of its ancient cities, wild peaks and dramatic coastlines with a fun-for-all-the-family Treasure Trail.

Designed to appeal to anyone with a sense of adventure, the self-guided booklets have three themes to choose from: treasure hunt, spy mission or detective mystery.

Treasure Trails are available from John o’ Groats in the north to Melrose on the Borders – and dozens of places in between. Crack the clues along the route of each Trail to unlock incredible stories from the past and solve the mystery. 

What: Treasure Trails  

Where: Various Scottish locations  

When: Year-round  

How to book: www.treasuretrails.co.uk

Christmas Wonderland

Don’t miss Perth Riverside’s first Christmas-themed outdoor lighting trail created by the amazing 21CC team famed for its pyrotechnics.

Experience the city on a magical, night-time walking trail that will illuminate the water and take you meandering through a glittering Norie Miller Walk and Rodney Gardens.


What: Christmas Wonderland

Where: Perth Riverside

When: 2-23 December

How to book: www.perthchristmaswonderland.co.uk

Hogamanay Riverbank Ceilidh

Bring in the New Year at Ness Walk, in the heart of the Highlands, with a traditional Scottish ceilidh.

You’ll enjoy a spectacular 5-course meal made with the finest local and seasonal ingredients then dance your way to the bells and beyond.

Is there a better way to see in 2022?

What: Hogmanay Riverbank Ceilidh

Where: Ness Walk, Inverness

When: 31 December

How to book: www.nesswalk.com

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Lynda Hamilton Parker is an award-winning PR consultant, journalist, editor and publisher based in Scotland. She is the founding publishing editor of Good Health Magazine.

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