Autumn and winter seasons might mean cooler weather, but that doesn’t means Scotland’s offerings of outdoor art are going anywhere. In fact, it’s when the country really becomes filled with creative works. If you’re in the mood to see mind-intriguing and sense-teasing art through interactive installations and immersive technology and want to enjoy the great outdoors, Scotland has got you covered.
We’ve rounded up nine of the best light shows around the country – all the shimmers, glimmers and twinkles anyone could ask for and more. Yes, Scotland knows how to put extra dazzle into the darker months.
1. The Enchanted Forest
When: 28 September – 29 October 2017
Where: Faskally Woods near Pitlochry, Perthshire
2. Dragon Matrix: The Dragons of Drummohr
When: 10 – 29 October 2017
Where: Drummohr House and Grounds near Musselburgh, East Lothian
The Dragon of Drummohr is an amazing augmented reality (AR) theatrical performance that fans of fantasy will love. You will be led into a parallel universe where you will be tasked with assisting the Dragon Protection League find all the magical creatures living in the grounds of Drummohr House. There is a fairy settlement, a grooving disco-modulator, a mesmerizing dragimation and much more, in this visually packed event.
3. Woodland Light Experience: Reflections
When: 25 October – 12 November 2017
Where: Balfron Station, Stirlingshire
Set in the magnificent private woodlands near Balfron, on the edge of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, enjoy an autumnal walk in the woods and experience acres of woodland all kitted out with a load of pretty lights. You will be in awe as beautiful lighting effects, dazzling projections and music dance across the natural landscape and the water. Treat yourself to hot food and drinks to keep you cosy as you wander round the wood. Woodland Light Experience is a brilliant family-friendly event is just a short drive from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Perth.
When: 25 October – 19 November 2017
Where: Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
5. ILLUMINATOR: Night Trail Race
When: 28 October 2017
Where: Glen Taran, Royal Deeside
Go wild through the night on Scotland’s toughest night half marathon, ILLUMINATOR Run. Run or walk 15 dark miles over rugged hill trails with just the glow of your head torch to lead the way. See the natural beauty of Glen Tanar’s ancient Scots pine forest in a spectacular new light. Ready? Steady? Go!
6. Colours of Cluny
When: 8 – 19 November 2017
Where: Grant Park, Forres, Morayshire
7. Christmas at the Botanics
When: 24 November – 30 December 2017
Where: The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
Follow a one mile illuminated trail that winds its way through the world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh for a magical experience after dark. Prepare to be mesmerized by the hypnotic beauty of flickering lights; stroll along a fairy tale avenue of giant glowing butterflies; and complete the night under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate. Experience Christmas at the Botanics because it’s certainly beginning to look a lot like Christmas there…
8. ILLUMINATION: Harbour Festival of Light
When: 30 November – 3 December 2017
Where: Irvine, Ayrshire
9. Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar
When: 1 – 25 December 2017
Where: General Register House, Edinburgh
Edinburgh is bringing you a giant real-life advent calendar with a twist! Throughout the advent, 25 glimpses of Edinburgh winters from years gone-by will be projected onto General Registry House, one revealed each day. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate the city’s history and places in the run up to Christmas Day, and best of all – it’s completely free, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled when you’re passing!
10. SPECTRA: Festival of Light
When: 8 – 11 February 2018
Where: Aberdeen, various venues
BONUS LIGHT SHOWS:
The Northern Lights
This amazing spectacle is a light show to beat all light shows. If viewing the Aurora’s unearthy colours is on your bucket list, autumn and winter are great seasons to spot this phenomenal display. Find out more on when and where to see Aurora Borealis in Scotland.
Christmas lights switch-on
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without the amazing spectacle of Christmas Lights, so expect lots of sparkle and festive cheer as towns and cities’ seasonal celebrations get underway with the Christmas Lights switch-on.