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Scotland in October

Hi I am hoping to come back to Scotland in mid September to late October.  I am planning on going to Lewis/Harris, Skye and Orkney plus whatever else I can fit in.  I will be by myself and driving a hire car.  What I need to know is do the castles etc. close down in October?


  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    Hi @pittypat sounds like a wonderful trip.  I adore Harris, Lewis & Orkney.  

    Some of the historic sites are seasonal and will close Oct to April but many of the ruined ones are unmanned and can be accessed all year.  Most of Scotland's historic sites are in the care of either the Historic Environment Agency Scotland or the National Trust for Scotland, although some are in private care.  I'd maybe try to work out what you want to see then check the websites for Historic Scotland and NTS to see if the properties are ones that close seasonally. 

    I'm not long back from an out of season visit to Orkney and was able to access everything I wanted to see. 

    If you're looking for Orkney ideas I write a Scottish travel blog and have just finished writing an Orkney blog trilogy which covers lots of historic and non-historiccal sites. you'll also find a blog dedicated to Harris & Lewis on my website (under Scotland, Outer Hebrides). Hope this helps. 
    I'm a Scottish travel blogger and freelance writer with an extensive knowledge of travelling in Scotland.  I'm always on the road exploring my wonderful country.  I love remote places, history and the great outdoors. 

  • bronnybronny Member ✭✭
    Hi, im doing the same trip! I land the 12th Sept and leave 20th October. Also i have hired a car to travel around. I have done heaps of research and was disappointed that the digs on Orkney will be covered in that time :( But all other attractions will be available. I have so many things planned that i'm scared i will be continually on the I also got the 7 days over 14 access to Historical Scotland sites ,as i'm from Australia i bought on line. I have also joined the national trust here which will give reciprocal rights to trust properties in Britain. Look for interesting things off the normal touristy itineraries...there are heaps if you look. Good never know , we might pass paths :)
  • VisitScotlandMurielVisitScotlandMuriel Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    As a general rule most seasonal places close down at the end of October so you should be all right - of course checking them individually will ensure that you are not disappointed!! :)  
  • GardenHagGardenHag Member
    I'm from Texas, and planning a trip to Scotland in October. I plan to stay 15 days. I'm a little scared to drive myself because of the left right thing, but I plan to give it a try.
    One of the things  I'd really like to see while in Scotland are the Kelpie sculptures, also very interested in ancient Scotland. Orkney and the Shetlands are on my bucket list.
    This is my first trip out of the USA, I'm counting on it being the trip of a lifetime.
  • paulcamppaulcamp Member
    Heading over in October, whats the weather like generally?
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