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Luckily we’re spoilt for choice in Scotland, with plenty of great adventures on offer in a season where Scotland’s weather can often surprise (in a good way).
5. Spend a bloody weekend in Stirling
After going online last year, the Bloody Scotland Book Festival will return to Stirling from September 17-19. The leading Scottish International Crime Writing Festival started in 2012 and is now an annual fixture with reading, events (including the infamous England v Scotland football match) and the chance to have a pint with some of your favourite authors. This year's in-person highlights include Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, Denise Mina, Chris Brookmyre and Alan Parks. Meanwhile the likes of Kathy Reichs, Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Linwood Barclay and Stephen King will be beamed in live onto the screens at the Albert Halls.
6. CHeck out the spectacular autumn colours in rural Perthshire
Swap the fall colours in New England for Scotland's very own forest spectacular. For the oranges and golds of autumn foliage it's hard to beat Perthshire - known as 'Big Tree Country'. Stay in pretty Crieff and enjoy walking the Hermitage, Loch Tummel, Lady Mary's Walk and the Deil's Cauldron.
Live music is back, so why not celebrate by going to the Playground Festival, in Glasgow’s Rouken Glen Park, from September 24-26. Bands playing include The Libertines, James, Morcheeba, Glasvegas, Leftfield, Boy George and Culture Club, Kelis, Roisin Murphy, Sister Sledge, Hile Rogers and Chic, Macy Gray, Razorlight and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Combine it with a stay in Scotland's largest city enjoy a slap-up dinner in trendy Finnieston.
The Isle of Arran, known as 'Scotland in miniature' is one of the easiest islands in Scotland to get to and offers a range of food and drink attractions. Tour the Isle of Arran Distillery to learn how whisky is made, then make a stop at the Island Cheese Shop and the Arran Creamery Cheese Shop for dairy treats. Stock up on 'Taste of Arran' ice cream, oatcakes, haggis, black pudding and chocolates, and visit the Mara Fish Bar, in Corrie, for some of the freshest seafood you'll ever taste.