If you’re looking for an October break or a way to occupy the children over half-term, why not take a road trip around Scotland? There’s a wealth of things to do and something to suit everyone. It’s easy to get around on the roads, and the scenery is some of the best in the UK; you’re sure to have an experience you won’t forget.
Tempted? Here are just a few of things you could do to fill your time.
Explore a Museum
While you may get lucky with the weather and have beautiful sunshine, you may be looking for some indoor activities to keep dry from the rain. And with hundreds of museums to visit, Scotland isn’t short of indoor activities. If you’re in Edinburgh the National Museum of Scotland, Royal Yacht Britannia, or Surgeons’ Hall Museum all offer unique insights into different areas of history. Elsewhere you have any number to choose from, including the Kelvingrove Art Gallery And Museum in Glasgow, Robert Burns Birth Place museum in Ayrshire, and the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Lanarkshire, to name just a few. If you’re road tripping around in a motorhome you’re likely to find some little gems in the small towns too; many celebrate their history with their own heritage centres.
Enjoy a Festival
October may not be the height of the festival season in Scotland, but that doesn’t mean you have to go without. There are plenty of small and often quirky festivals going on around Scotland in October, for example, the 25th Annual Golden Spurtle World Porridge Making Championships takes place on 6th October in Carrbridge. Other potential options include CowalFest, an annual walking and outdoor festival on the Cowal Peninsula, the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light or the EH6 Festival in Leith, Edinburgh. And that’s just a sample; you’ll likely discover lots more as you drive around.
Drive the North Coast 500
October is the perfect time to drive Scotland’s most popular driving route, the North Coast 500. The main rush of tourists has died down, so the roads, campsites and attractions are quieter, the midges have gone, and, if you’re lucky, the weather has yet to turn fully wintery. Starting in Inverness the 516-mile route takes you in a loop around the north coast of Scotland, passing through six regions: The Black Isle, Inverness-shire, Wester Ross, Sutherland, Caithness, and Easter Ross. There’s driving roads like no others in the UK, stunning beaches, a diverse array of wildlife, history, culture and much more. You can travel by car and hotel hop or rely on a trusted tent but why not combine flexibility with comfort and hire a motorhome; it’s the ideal way to travel. You’ll want a minimum of a week to complete the route, but you won’t struggle to fill more time if you have it. Consider travelling earlier in October though as you may find some attractions shut for the season towards the end of the month.
Get a Fright at Scotland’s Halloween events
October is the month of Halloween and Scotland has its fair share of spooky events, many of which take place in some of the big attractions. For example, why not visit Linlithgow Palace and experience the Linlithgow ExFEARience or drive over to Scone Palace for the Spirits of Scone Halloween? There is also the Kelburn Castle and Estate Haunted Forest. If you find yourself in Edinburgh on the 31st October, make your way up Calton Hill for the Samhuinn Fire Festival and an exhilarating night filled with fire, performances, music, and dance.
If you like beer, no trip to Scotland in October would be complete without sampling some German food and beer at one of the many Oktoberfest events, just be sure to park up your motorhome for the night first. There’s festivities going on all over Scotland, check out these in Edinburgh and Glasgow for starters.
Why Not Visit Festivals Across Scotland in a Motorhome?
You and your family or friends can travel in comfort and style across Scotland in a luxury motorhome hire this October. You can try what we’ve mentioned in our guide and much more besides! Contact us today to get started booking your motorhome hire or get a quote online!