Orkney Storytelling Festival

This year the festival has a focus on Orkney’s Viking past and is being organised by the Orcadian Trust, with well-known Tom Muir as the chairman.

Stories included throughout the weekend include Wartime Tales, Mermaids and Miracles, Viking Tales and Creepy Tour: Toon Tales from The Dark Side.

For a full programme of events please click here.

When: 27th - 30th October 2011

Where: A number of venues including Stromness Hotel, Royal Hotel Stromness, St Magnus Centre, St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney Library & Archive.

Nearest Hostel: Kirkwall

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The Highland Archaeology Festival

The Highland Archaeology Festival 2011 will take place from Saturday 1st - Sunday 16th October.  The event is organised by the Highland Council Historic Environment Team, and celebrates the rich heritage and archaeology of the Highlands.  Over 100 events, may of which are free of charge are taking place across the Highland Council Area.  The aim is to enable communities to participate and benefit from their heritage.

For all outdoor events, it is important to come dressed for the weather and time of year with warm, waterproof clothing and sturdy boots.  A reasonable level of fitness will berequired for most walking events.

Date: 1st - 16th October 2011

Nearest Hostels: Ullapool, Inverness.

For more information please visit the website.

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Paddle 2011 - Scotland’s Canoe & Kayak Show

Date: Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October 2011

Nearest Hostel: Pitlochry

For more informarion please visit the website.

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Blazin’ in Beauly

Blazin’ in Beauly was started by the band Blazin’ Fiddles in the village of Beauly which is 15 miles west of Inverness.  The intention of the week is to immerse people in the music of the Highlands and Islands

Blazin’ in Beauly are delighted to announce that this years guest fiddle tutors are Fidil, an Irish trio from Derry.

Date: Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 2011

Nearest Hostel: Inverness

For more information please visit the website or take a look at the programme of events.

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Ullapool Guitar Festival

The Ullapool Guitar Festival takes place on 7th, 8th and 9th October this year.  Artists performing over the weekend include Hamish Stuart, Raniolo, Adam Palma, Ben Powell and many more.

A three day festival of shows and workshops in various venues around the Scottish town of Ullapool, embracing all things guitar, with evening  concerts, late night performances and workshops to improve your playing skills.

Date: Friday 7th - Sunday 9th October 2011.

Time: From 7.30pm on Friday evening.

Nearest Hostel: Ullapool

For more information please visit the website or take a look at the programme of events.

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Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival

Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival is an independant film festival which aims to inpsire, enlighten and entertain outdoor enthusiasts, whether they are climbers, kayakers, base jumpers, skiers, snowboarders or explorers.

The festival was established in 2003 and is now an annual event being held every October in Edinburgh.  Over 2,000 people attend the Festival every year which makes it one of the best attended mountain film festivals in the UK.

As always, it promises to be a weekend packed full of inspiration and entertainment, with an impressive diversity of speakers and a selection of films delivering lots of high drama. The EMFF has built a reputation as a fun, lively and inspiring event and this year will continue that trend.

2011 highlights include Jonny Dawes, Karina Hollekim and Catherine Destivelle.

Date: 6th - 9th October 2011

Where: Based at George Square Lecture Theatre at Edinburgh University.

Nearest Hostel: Edinburgh Central.

For more information please visit the website or take a look at the programme of events.

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Torridon Autumn Walking Festival

The Torridon mountains offer some of the best walking in Scotland. The Torridon walking festival will offer everyone an opportunity to explore this amazing part of Scotland with walks for beginners to experienced walkers. Whether you want to walk with a ranger in one of the local forests or scale the mighty Liathach, you can use the festival to explore new summits and explore this unique area.

There will be an opportunity for people to walk well known Munros as well as some hidden gems and we would like to make the festival open to all walkers.

In the evenings you could join the guides for some live music, pub quiz and a well earned pint.

Torridon Youth Hostel is the perfect place to stay for the festival. Situated in Torridon village underneath Liathach and with dormitory beds available for £17 pppn & Private rooms from £41.50.

Date: 1st - 3rd October 2011

Nearest Hostel: Torridon

For more information please visit the website

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Mountain Aid Safety Day - Albert Halls Stirling

SYHA Hostelling Scotland will be one of the organisations supporting the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and charity Mountain Aid’s Mountain Safety Day on Saturday 8th October. The events start at 10am and will be officially opened by prominent outdoor writer Cameron McNeish. Find out about SYHA Hostelling Scotlands mountain skills courses and much much more.  For more information please visit the website.

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