The clocks go back at 2 am this Sunday – hurrah! We all made it through the spring-time clock change when the clocks jumped forward and we lost an hour of our weekend, but now that autumn is here we’re finally getting the time back again.
Forget wasting your precious extra hour on the 26 October by lying in bed all morning. This blog has been specially designed help you get the most out of your extra-long day – it only comes once a year after all!
1. Fancy walking through the woodland in the Scottish Borders that inspired JK Rowling to create the Forbidden Forest in the Harry Potter series? Now’s your chance. Walk in the footsteps of your favourite writers and visit sites that are associated with their lives and some of their best loved stories.
2. Get ready for Halloween at events across the country. Take your wee ones to make their own broomsticks at Beecraigs Country Park, spend a fright-filled evening carving lanterns at the Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre or take a spooky steam train journey with Strathspey Steam Railway or Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway.
3. Go nature-spotting. From watching flocks of barnacle geese in full flight at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, to going on a Highland safari, Scotland is filled with curious wildlife for you to encounter this autumn.
4. Head to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival and hear talented storytellers bringing their tales to life.
5. Learn to play the flute, double bass and trombone – or have a go at it at least! Join members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for their FREE Instrument Petting Zoo and learn the ropes of these marvellous instruments.
6. Awaken your creativity with a visit to one of Scotland’s art galleries. From the McManus in Dundee to the Pier Art Centre in Stromness, Scotland is packed with galleries where you can spend a few leisurely hours.
7. Cheer on the runners at the famous Culloden Run and enjoy a tasty lunch in the battlefield’s state-of-the-art visitor centre.
8. Fire your kids’ imaginations at Shorts for Wee Ones, a fantastic children’s event at the Discovery Film Festival in Dundee. This fantastic collection of short films lasts for around 45 minutes and will be a magical introduction to the cinema for little ones aged three and up.
9. See inky black skies sparkling with thousands of stars at Scotland’s Dark Sky Park.
10. And remember, you don’t have to spend lots of money to have a great day out in Scotland. From museums and galleries to woodland walks and dedicated cycle ways, Scotland offers a whole host of FREE things to do.
Even if you’re not in Scotland this weekend, why not spend your extra hour planning your next Scottish holiday? We’ve got plenty of info on accommodation across the country as well as ideas for things to do.