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) available 1st - 31st October 2022

Byre Cottage (sleeps 4) available 1st - 21st & 28th - 31st October 2022

Woodshed (sleeps 2) available 1st - 31st October 2022

Wash House (sleeps 2) available 1st - 31st October 2022

Cartshed (sleeps 2) available 1st - 21st & 28th - 31st October 2022

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!

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

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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.

Samhuinn Fire Festival | 31st October 2022

Halloween | 31st October 2022

Wondrous Woods | TBC

Edinburgh Zoo Spooktacular | TBC

Edinburgh Short Film Festival | 28th October - 13th November 2022

Scottish International Storytelling Festival | TBC

Edinburgh Cocktail Week | 7th - 16th October 2022

Fire festival Edinburgh

Samhuinn | credit Martin McCarthy

2.

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!

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

3.

Local pumpkin patches

As well as Craigie's there are some super local pumpkin patches to enjoy.

Clackmae Pumpkins is a fantastic family run affair with ghost trail and a beautiful selection of home grown pumpkins to carve. There are carving workshops and recipe cards handed out for pumpkin muffins.

Killduff is a bigger venture and has a bale maze, pumpkin house and lots of good local food and drink stalls.

4.

Theatre & Entertainment

The Book of Mormon | 13th September - 8th October 2022

Harry Hill: Pedigree Fun! | 9th October 2022

The Trocks: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo | 21st - 22nd October 2022

South Pacific | 25th - 29th October 2022

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat | 25th - 29th October 2022

5.

Art & Exhibitions

Jupiter Artland

You are Here 2022 | until 8th January 2023

Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life | until 2nd October 2022

Anatomy: A Matter of Death and Life | until 30th October 2022

The Real Mary King's Close

6.

Food & Drink

Read our 'Best lunch spots in and around Edinburgh' article for delicious lunch & brunch inspiration. We also have our 'Best Edinburgh eating out & local larders for (post) Covid days' highlighting some real foodie gems we love to visit now we can again.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week | 7th - 16th October 2022

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Outdoors & 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 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.

Hopetoun House celebrate fantastic fungi and the Scottish Tree Festival this month with their guided walks and events on the estate.

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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