Looking for inspiration for your October holiday? Planning a romantic weekend away or a family holiday? Whether you’re looking for a weekend city break, a coastal getaway or a relaxing countryside retreat, why not head to Argyll and Stirlingshire and enjoy the region’s spectacular natural beauty cloaked in fiery autumnal shades? From castles and city shopping, to the rugged West Coast and the picturesque Lowlands, you can enjoy a wide range of activities and events, against a backdrop of breath-taking scenery.
Cowalfest, Cowal Peninsula, 5th – 14th October
The Cowalfest Walking and Arts Festival is one of the largest walking festivals in Scotland, featuring a range of walks for all ages and arts events. The walks are led by knowledgeable guides.
Glen Ample Deer Rut, Glen Ample, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, 8th October
A six mile guided walk through Glen Ample in the beautiful Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, giving you the opportunity to watch deer rut.
Renaissance Revelry, Stirling Castle, 11th – 16th October, 12 noon – 4pm daily
A great family day out, with a programme of fun activities.
Halloween at Achnabreac Forest Park, Kilmartin House Museum, 26th October, 7-9pm
A fun family event with face painting, lucky dip, a scary trail and ghostly games. Make sure you wrap up, bring a torch and wear sensible footwear.
From autumn walks to delving into the area’s past, here are a few ideas for things to see and do on your next holiday in Argyll and Stirlingshire.
- Enjoy the autumnal beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park – whether it’s on foot or out on a boat, you can refresh the spirit surrounded by majestic mountains, lochs and glens
- Step back in time at one of the many castles in the area, such as Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray Castle and Castle Stalker
- Visit the award-winning Kilmartin House Museum for a fascinating look into Argyll’s past (Kilmartin is one of Scotland’s richest prehistoric landscapes)
- Explore the charming city of Stirling and its historic sites such as the impressive Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and the Bannockburn Heritage Centre
- Explore the Argyll coast, including Oban, ‘the seafood capital of Scotland’, Mid Argyll and the Kintyre peninsula