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
Stable Cottage (sleeps 2) 1st - 3rd, 7th - 11th & 19th - 28th October 2019
Steading Cottage (sleeps 4) 7th - 11th October 2019
Byre Cottage (sleeps 6) 6th - 11th & 14th - 26th October 2019
Woodshed (sleeps 2) 21st - 25th October 2019
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!
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.
Samhuinn Fire Festival | 31st October 2019
Halloween | 31st October 2019
Edinburgh Short Film Festival | 24th October - 10th November 2019
Scottish International Storytelling Festival | 18th - 31st October 2019
Edinburgh Cocktail Week | 14th - 20th October 2019
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!
Burke & Hare: The Business of Murder | throughout October 2019
Outlander fans among you will enjoy the National Museums : Wild and Majestic exhibition. Full of dramatic highland landscapes, heroic histories, tartan and bagpipes. Learn how the romantic movement played a part in how the rest of the world views Scotland today.
Wild and Majestic : Romantic Visions fo Scotland | throughout October 2019
Wild and Majestic: An evening with Scottish Opera | 25th October 2019
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Palace of Holyrood | until the 6th October 2019
Russia, Royalty & the Romanovs | throughout October 2019
ARTIST ROOMS : Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe | until 20th October 2019
Body Beautiful : Diversity on the Catwalk | until 20th October 2019
The Long Look | until the 27th October 2019
Cut and Paste : 400 years of Collage | until 27th October 2019
Victoria Crowe : 50 years of Painting | until 13th October 2019
The Italian Connection | throughout October 2019
NOW : Katie Paterson, Ciara Phillips & others | throughout October 2019
Theatre, Comedy & Music
Annie | 30th September - 5th October 2019
Ben Elton Live | 4th October 2019
Eddie Izzard - Wunderbar | 19th - 20th October 2019
Will Young | 26th October 2019
Saint Etienne 'Tiger Bay | 19th October 2019
SCO 2019/20: Bohemian Rhapsodies with Joseph Swensen | 31st October 2019
Food & Drink
Read our 'Best lunch spots in and around Edinburgh' article for delicious lunch & brunch inspiration!
Edinburgh Cocktail Weekend | 14th - 20th October 2019
Bushcraft & foraging
Bushcraft and survival skills day course : Dalkeith Country park | 12th October 2019
Fabulous Fungi | 27th October 2019
Tours & Workshops
Art for Absolute Beginners : Watercolours | 3rd & 10th October 2019
All things green floristry class at Narcissus Flower School | 24th October 2019
Art for absolute beginners : Acrylics | 24th & 31st October 2019
Easel sketching in the Gallery | 24th October 2019
Behind the scenes at the Museum : Explore the Collections Centre | 24th October 2019
National Gallery Highlights Tour | 26th October 2019
Tours & Workshops for Families & Children
Pop up play at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art | until 20th October 2019
Open Studio: Make an Impression (Art for 1-3 year olds) | 1st October 2019
BYOB (Bring your own Baby or Bump) Art tours for 0-1 year olds | 7th October 2019
Sculpture Studio (ages 4-12) | 14th & 18th October 2019
Family Art Tours (age 6+) | 26th October 2019
Scottish Ceilidh dancing
Edinburgh Ceilidh Club | (with callers for beginners) every Tuesday