The nights start to draw in as October swings around, but with the changing seasons comes beautiful colours, wonderful walks and awe-inspiring wildlife highlights.
Forest walks in October are something special, particularly on a fresh crisp day. Admire the colours of Perthshire, and don't miss a chance to visit the Enchanted Forest a mesmerising light event exploring a magical forest just outside the town of Pitlochry.
Watch a red deer rut, one of the season's most exciting spectacles, as red deer stags battle for dominance. You can witness this unbelievable moment on the islands of Rum or Jura, which are beautiful islands to visit at this time of year.
In honour of Halloween, indulge in some delicious sweet chocolate. Scotland has several chocolate producers who make the most of the rich farmland to make chocolate with natural dairy products. Or it's also pumpkin season! Keep an eye out for pumpkin picking events on farms across Scotland, such as Cairnie Fruit Farm in Fife, Arnprior Farm in Stirling, or Spud Hut near Inverness.
Trip idea: Hide away in one of Scotland's historic towns and get to know somewhere totally new. Many of our towns have an amazing story to tell.
Average Maximum Temperature: 11°C/ 52°F
Days of rainfall: 18
Sunshine hours: 75.5
Our community says: "Try Pitlochry for a couple of nights. The surrounding landscape is beautiful and there are lots of hidden secrets, for example, did you know that Outlander is filmed close by? There is an amazing amount of history to be found and the lochs & glens are stunning. Walking, cycling, water sports, fishing, golfing. The list goes on with castles & distilleries etc. Try it, you won't be disappointed. " - Fishy Pro, VisitScotland Community.