Things to do in Edinburgh in October 2019

Planning an autumnal trip to Edinburgh in October? Scotland’s capital has a variety of fun things to do to keep you entertained. Whilst the city’s buzz during the Fringe in August is always spoken about, October has its own atmosphere. What better way to enjoy the spooky season than in the city that inspired Harry Potter? From fun cocktails festivals to comic book conventions, there’s something for everyone. Read on for our top picks for things to do in Edinburgh in October.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

Edinburgh Cocktail Week is returning to the capital on 14 – 21 October 2019 and if you love all things shaken and stirred, this event is a must! Sip your way around the festival’s Cocktail Village and the new Cocktail Forest extension, complete with 19 pop up bars, live music and a cosy outdoor street food area. If that doesn’t pique your interest, the Cocktail Domes on the roof of The Glasshouse Hotel will! Snap Insta-worthy pics as you try some of the best cocktails Edinburgh’s mixologists have to offer for just £4. What’s more, we’re proud to be the Official Hotel Partner of Edinburgh Cocktail Week which means you can sip and stay for less with us during the festival. Our Edinburgh Cocktail Week package allows you to get 10% off your stay at any of our Edinburgh hotels, plus gives you the chance to purchase your all-access wristband from just £6. Book here.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

If you’re looking for a quintessentially Scottish activity in Edinburgh, look no further than The Scotch Whisky Experience. Choose from a range of tours and masterclasses, all guaranteed to educate and excite you on the world of Scotch whisky. Considering Edinburgh isn’t the warmest place in October, what better way to heat yourself up than with a “wee dram” on the Royal Mile? After you’ve taken in all The Scotch Whisky Experience has to offer, you’ll be well-versed to take on some of the capital’s best whisky bars and pick your poison.

Princes Street Gardens

Take in the Instagrammable Princes Street Gardens and go for an autumnal walk this October. Edinburgh is picturesque all year round but there’s something about autumn that makes it look even more stunning. Don your tartan scarf and cosy boots and treat yourself to a hot chocolate from one of the city’s many independent coffee shops; it’s a great way to wind down and appreciate Edinburgh’s beauty – plus, you’ll get a great pic for the ‘gram!

Comic Con Scotland

Calling all film, TV, comic books and gaming fans! Comic Con Scotland is coming to the Royal Highland Centre from 12 – 13 October 2019 and if last year’s is anything to go by, it’s sure to be a brilliant event! Go along and see the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme and Game of Thrones star, Rory McCann at the convention and take in all the impressive cosplay. We guarantee it’ll be a day to remember, and it’s kid friendly so you can bring mini superhero fans along with you.

Big Big Gin Festival

The Big Big Gin Festival is back by popular demand this October and will be taking place at the Corn Exchange, just outside Edinburgh city centre, from 12 – 13 October 2019. This festival is a must-do if you’re a gin lover. You’ll be able to sample a wide selection of different flavours of gin, mixers and cocktails, all whilst being educated on the world of gin. Interested? Buy tickets here.