October brings autumn colour, blustery walks and leaves falling as the evenings grow steadily darker. The farm is now back to its winter sheep stocking numbers that are easily sustained alongside our rich flora and fauna in the hills. There is a brief respite on the farm before tupping time.

October Availability at Eastside

Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) fully booked October 2020

Byre Cottage (sleeps 4) fully booked October 2020

Woodshed (sleeps 2) fully booked October 2020

What's on around Edinburgh in October?

Make the most of Edinburgh's cocktail festival for nights out in the capital this month. For a scary (but mainly fun) night out take advantage of the dark evenings for a Halloween-worthy ghost tour by vintage bus! October 2020 is going to be a little different, we will keep you up to date on what is reopening when in Scotland.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

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2020 WHAT'S ON IN AND AROUND EDINBURGH IN COVID DAYS

To help you plan your trip we have written a couple of blog posts to let you know what has reopened in Scotland.

There are a huge number of cafes, independent shops, attractions, galleries and sculpture parks that are now open. Much effort has been made to keep people safe.

For the best food, drink and local larders in and around Edinburgh we have listed some of our favourite Edinburgh and country based restaurants, shops and suppliers. Due to the most recent restrictions some restaurants are again offering takeaways to eat at home.

We have also listed some of the best independent Edinburgh shops and attractions that are slowly and safely reopening alongside hill walks, beach days and sculpture parks in the great outdoors.

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Festivals

Taking place on the same night as Halloween the Samhuinn Fire Festival is based on the traditional Celtic celebration. The story follows the overthrowing of Summer by Winter, with a dramatic stand off between the Summer and Winter Kings. The fantastic mix of fireplay, drumming and performance could not have a better backdrop, overlooking all of Edinburgh from the top of Calton Hill.

Wondrous Woods | 21st October - 15th November 2020

Samhuinn Fire Festival | Now a digital family event, find out more here.

Halloween | 31st October 2020

Edinburgh Short Film Festival | Cancelled 2020

Scottish International Storytelling Festival | 16th - 31st October 2020, The festival will not do this in packed theatres, but through live and pre-recorded broadcast events, and through small-scale safely distanced person-to-person events in outdoor locations.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week | Cancelled 2020, postponed to 11th - 17th October 2021

Fire festival Edinburgh

Samhuinn | credit Martin McCarthy

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Halloween & Ghost Tours

There are some brilliant ghost tours in Edinburgh - most covering the capital's fairly gruesome past. Some are more light-hearted than others and the routes vary from historic streets to ancient underground arches and infamous graveyards!

Spooky adventures for kids

Ghost Bus Tours

City of the Dead Tours

The Real Mary King's Close

Witchery Tours

Don your welly boots and choose a pumpkin to carve from the pumpkin patch at Craigie's Farm shop. They also have pick your own apples and blackberries to make your own delicious seasonal crumbles and comfort food.

Ghost bus Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Ghost Bus tour, perfect for Halloween

The Real Mary King's Close

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Spa Days

For up to date spa openings see our Best city & country spas in & around Edinburgh post. Most are starting to reopen with an updated treatment menu to reflect current Scottish Government guidance.

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Food & Drink

For a full list of what is open see our new blog post, the best food, drink and local larders in and around Edinburgh. Many restaurants are still offering a takeaway option. We will keep this list updated as and when the Scottish Government changes their guidance.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week | Cancelled 2020, 11th - 17th October 2021

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Bushcraft & foraging

October is the perfect time of year to go foraging. There are loads of bushcraft & foraging courses to teach you the basics before heading into the wilds. We will list them here as soon as they become available.

Don your welly boots and choose a pumpkin to carve from the pumpkin patch at Craigie's Farm shop. They also have pick your own apples and blackberries to make your own delicious seasonal crumbles and comfort food.

Pick the perfect pumpkin at Craigie's farm Shop

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Fire festival Edinburgh

Samhuinn | credit Martin McCarthy

Ghost bus Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Ghost Bus tour, perfect for Halloween

The Real Mary King's Close

Pick the perfect pumpkin at Craigie's farm Shop

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