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!

Edinburgh Cocktail Week



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

Fire festival Edinburgh

Samhuinn | credit Martin McCarthy


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

Burke & Hare: The Business of Murder | throughout October 2019

Ghost bus Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Ghost Bus tour, perfect for Halloween



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

The Real Mary King's Close


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

Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrin, John Knox (Wild & Majestic exhibition)


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 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


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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

Landscape with Tourists at Loch Katrin, John Knox (Wild & Majestic exhibition)


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