Scotland’s Light Shows

The nights are fair drawing in, but we have just the thing to shake of the cold-weather blues – Scotland’s Autumn Light Shows!


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Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry

Kicking our list off is the most well-known light display north of the border, The Enchanted Forest. The multi-award-winning sound and light show is back in Fascally Woods with their “most ambitious display to date”, Shimmer. Look out for the fantastic light projection of a bird flying over the loch!

Fascally Woods, Pitlochry
September 29 – October 30
Official website here


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Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

A 45-minute drive south-west of Dumfries is the harbour town of Kirkcudbright. Exploring its charming streets is a treat at any time of year, but come October their annual Festival of Light transforms Kirkcudbright into something fantastic. As well as taking in the light show and many art installations, visitors can join the lantern parade and watch the impressive firework display over the four days of festivities.

October 6-8
Official website here


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Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run

Choose from 20km, 10km or 4km races through the picturesque Tweed Valley, beginning and ending in the quaint town of Peebles. Each course follows the River Tweed – look out for otters – before culminating in a 600m dash through a stunningly lit Victorian train tunnel. Runners will be well-looked-after with water stops, snacks and medical staff on hand. There is also a 3.5km walk on the same date.

Peebles, Scottish Borders
October 1

Official website here


Christmas At The Botanics, Edinburgh

The award-winning Botanic Lights are back at the Royal Botanic Garden for an all-new journey of light. Installations are set to transform the Victorian Palm House, the Chinese Hillside and also Inverleith House to create stunning views across the grounds, while indoor illuminations showcase the rich living collection of plants.


Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
Various dates in November – January
Official website here