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Things to do in Scotland this month

Our top picks of events happening in cities throughout the country.

With its rugged landscapes and dramatic coastlines, Scotland is amazing at any time of year ­– and its cities are full of character too.

There’s Edinburgh with its age-old castle and enchanting Royal Mile, as well as its fabulous theatre scene and the Fringe. Home to some of the UK’s best live music venues, Glasgow is always buzzing with energy while history comes alive in the ancient capital of Perth. Plus, from Aberdeen and Inverness to towns in the Highlands, you’ll discover culture and arts, festivals, outdoor adventure and much more.

No matter where you choose to spend your time, Scottish cities boast an exciting mix of entertainment each month – and here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer in November.


Spotlight on: The fantastic homegrown music scene

November is a great month to catch some of the country’s most beloved native acts live.

Known for their raucous shows, don’t miss Tide Lines who hail from the Highlands of Scotland on 1 November at Fat Sam’s in Dundee, 2 November at Glasgow’s Barrowland and 9 November at Oban’s Corran Halls.

Legendary Glaswegian band Wet Wet Wet, who’ve been making music for over 30 years, are hitting the road on a Scottish tour from 2 – 10 November. See them perform at venues in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Hamilton, Kilmarnock, Dundee, Edinburgh and Inverness.

Stirlingshire singer-songwriter Karine Polwart is out promoting her latest album, Scottish Songbook, with appearances on 14 November at Aberdeen Music Hall, 15 November at Perth Concert Hall and 16 November at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

 

Glasgow-based rockers The Pearlfishers also have a new album out, Love & Other Hopeless Things. Hear them play their new material and other hits at The Caves in Edinburgh on 14 November, Glasgow’s Oran Mor on 15 November and Aberdeen’s The Lemon Tree on 20 November.

Another Glasgow son, songwriter/poet Declan West, is taking has band The Decadent West across the country from 15 – 19 November with stops at Saint Luke’s in Glasgow, Hootananny in Inverness, The Tunnels in Aberdeen and Beat Generator Live! in Dundee, respectively.

Edinburgh quintet Idlewild are wrapping up their headline tour in support of new album Music Interview with three Scottish shows at Kendal’s Brewery Art Centre on 19 November, Ironworks in Inverness on 21 November and Fat Sam’s in Dundee on 22 November.

Idlewild

Glasgow-born, blues-inspired artist Gerry Cinnamon will play to a huge crowd at P&J Live in Aberdeen on 23 November.

And although most of the band was born in Northern Ireland, indie rockers Snow Patrol were formed in Dundee. They’ll be doing a special acoustic show on 2 November at Dunfermline’s Alhambra Theatre in aid of Fife charity The Craws Nest Trust.

Find more upcoming gigs for Scotland’s homegrown artists here.


Other things to do

November starts and ends with tonnes of live music across the country, plus a little something for everyone – from sport and comedy, to theatre and family fun – in between.

Bombay Bicycle Club is playing I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose in full as part of their 10-year celebration series which stops at Dundee’s Caird Hall on 5 November.

Marillion is appearing at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall on 12 November with an extended line-up of musicians joining them to perform songs spanning their 14-album career, while Ghost will be haunting The SSE Hydro in Glasgow with its Ultimate Tour Named Death on 18 November.

With his third studio album, Pony, out just last month, Rex Orange County will headline Glasgow’s Barrowland on 22 and 24 November. Read all about his new album here.

 

Icelandic superstar Björk is also set to bring her Cornucopia tour to The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 25 November.

Looking for more Rugby World Cup magic? Be there when the Glasgow Warriors  go up against the Kings on 1 November and Leinster on 30 November at Scotstoun Stadium.

Football fans, there’s action for you too! Watch Hibernian FC play Motherwell FC on 23 November and Kilmarnock on 30 November at Edinburgh’s Easter Road Stadium, while Hearts FC is set to face Celtic FC on 2 November at Edinburgh’s Tynecastle Stadium.

If you love cycling, you’re also in for a treat as the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup is rolling into Glasgow’s Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow on 8 – 10 November with the best international riders who will be fine-tuning their Olympic preparations over the three days of competition.

Track Cycling World Cup

See your favourite WWE Superstars – including Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and many more – when WWE Live comes P&J Live in Aberdeen on 10 November and The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 11 November.

Prefer a night of belly laughs to sport? There’s a feast of stand-up gigs that will have you doubled over of this month.

Tommy Tiernan is wrapping up a run of Scottish dates on his Paddy Crazy Horse tour at Universal Hall in Findhorn on 1 November and Theatre Royal Glasgow on 3 November.

John Bishop is performing several dates across Scotland to warm up his brand new show. You’ll find him at Aberdeen Music Hall on 1 – 2 November, Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre on 15 November and Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline on 16 – 18 November.

This month Frank Skinner is also traveling around the country with Showbiz. He’ll be at Festival Theatre Edinburgh on 12 November, Motherwell Concert Hall on 14 November, Aberdeen Music Hall on 15 November and Theatre Royal Glasgow on 20 November.

 

What’s more, Jack Whitehall will be Stood Up at Edinburgh Playhouse on 18 November, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on 19 – 20 November and P&J Live in Aberdeen 21 November.

And the Mouth of the South, Rob Beckett, will bring Wallop to King’s Theatre in Glasgow on 19 November.

For a magical family experience, enjoy Disney On Ice before it finishes the Scottish leg of its 100 Years of Magic tour at P&J Live in Aberdeen from 1 – 3 November.

The landmark musical Cabaret arrives at Festival Theatre Edinburgh from 5 – 9 November with all the show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and, of course, iconic songs audiences the world over love.

Street dance troupe Diversity are bringing their 10-year anniversary tour, Born Ready, to King’s Theatre Glasgow on 23 November.


Live music venues

Looking for a gig to see? From arenas and world-class concert halls to historic theatres and hole-in-the-wall bars, we’ve rounded up some of November’s music offerings as a starting point.

Stadium and arena shows:

  • a-ha at SEC Armadillo, Glasgow on 1 November
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen at P&J Live, Aberdeen and 7 November and The SSE Hydro, Glasgow on 8 November
  • Liam Gallagher at P&J Live in Aberdeen on 14 November and The SSE Hydro, Glasgow on 15 November

Mid-sized venues with big atmosphere:

  • Sleeping with Sirens at Glasgow Garage on 6 November
  • Kate Tempest at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on 16 November
  • Shed Seven at Aberdeen Music Hall on 28 November and O2 Academy Glasgow on 29 – 30 November

New music to have on your radar:


Iconic attractions

Scotland is famous for many things – from historic castles and bagpipe playing, to whisky and the Loch Ness monster. Indeed there’s a lot of tradition not to be missed in November around this beautiful country.

Find out all about craft beer, gin and more at St Andrews Brewing Company. Brewery tours are offered on 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 22 & 23 and 29 & 30 November at the company’s taproom in St Andrews.

Celebrate the Festival of the Dead at O2 Academy Glasgow on 9 November. Featuring carnival pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and incredible art creations, this will be an event to die for!

At M&D’s – Scotland’s Theme Park in Motherwell discover Amazonia. All ages will enjoy taking a walk on the wild side while exploring this indoor rainforest packed full of exotic animals – including monkeys, snakes, frogs, tarantulas, bats, kinkajou and more. There’s even a programme called Be a Keeper for the Day that lets you help feed and handle them.

Plus, there’s no escaping the festive season [insert a booming “ho, ho, ho” here] at this time of year! November brings with it an avalanche of activities – from ice skating to Christmas markets.

A Play A Pie & A Pint is kicking off its panto season at Glasgow’s Oran Mor with Dixie Whittington: The Hamecoming. Running from on 25 November – 28 December, the story of penniless Dixie and her cat Fleabag trying to get home to her granny’s for Christmas will have you in stitches.

Get something for everyone on your gift list at the Country Living Christmas Fair. Hundreds of artisan designers along with farmers and growers are coming to Glasgow’s SEC Centre from 21 – 24 November to sell their unique wares and offer inspiring decorating ideas.

Prepare to be dazzled by the Castle of Light (aka Edinburgh Castle, complemented by stunning light installations) from 14 – 17, 22, 24 and 29 – 30 November.

The beloved after-dark experience Christmas at the Botanics returns to Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden from 22 November – 17 December. A winter wonderland like no other, don’t miss seeing the paths and treetops shimmer with lights and colourful projections.

Funbox’s new show Christmas in Toy Town begins 23 – 24 November at Whitehall Theatre in Dundee and 29 – 30 November at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.

Finally, kick off the season with an evening of cocktails, crackers and cranachan when St Andrew meets St Nicholas during the St Andrew’s Festive Fling at Hampden Park on 30 November – 1 December.


You can do all this and more in Scotland this November. For full details, head to our Scottish Cities Guide.

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