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Enchanting Autumn & Winter Illuminations To Visit In Scotland 2021

Updated: Mar 14

As the nights draw in, it feels magical with candles flickering and fairy lights decorating windows. Did you know many of the lights you now see in windows across Scandinavia, Pennsylvania and Ireland have come from traditions, such as lighting the way home for seafarers, lighting the way to church or visiting neighbours? Today you can enjoy enchanted evenings across Scotland including forests, historic buildings, landmark gardens and more. Here are some you might like to visit.

Colourful light display in the woods.
Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry, Scotland ©MDHarding

Enchanting Autumn & Winter Illuminations In Scotland

One of my favourites has to be the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry. This would have been their 20th anniversary. Sadly this year has been cancelled but the dates have been released for next year! Taking place between the 29th September - 30th October 2022. Are you as excited as I am? In 2019 there were over 80,000 visitors, be sure to get in there quick.

colourful water display within the woods.
Enchanted Forest, Faskally Woods, Pitlochry, Scotland ©MDHarding

Edinburgh Zoo' Chrismas Nights

Make your evenings merry and bright this festive season with a magical journey through Edinburgh Zoo! A spectacular light trail will take you on a journey to discover the magic of Christmas spirit and Santa’s time at the zoo.

From Friday 19 November until Sunday 2 January, you can glow around the route with projections, twinkling fairy lights and much more.

Designed for limited visitor numbers with a wide range of safety measures in place, Edinburgh Zoo’s Christmas Nights are sure to light up your winter.

Find out more and secure your tickets at

Christmas Nights at Edinburgh Zoo ©RZSS

Wondrous Woods at Hopetoun House

Explore the historic grounds of Hopetoun Estate in its second year of Wondrous Woods, with winding mystical pathways. See the 300-year-old forest in a new light, with illuminated features and trails. The 2km walk has an abundance of natural beauty including not to be missed breathtaking views.

Castle of Light - Edinburgh Castle