The best days out in Scotland for Autumn 2013

This article is from 2013.

The best days out in Scotland for Autumn 2013

Glasgow Beer Week, The Great Tapestry of Scotland and Jack Vettriano retrospective

Make sure you catch one of two Evenings with Sir Roger Moore (Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Sun 10 Nov; Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Mon 11 Nov), as well as the Jack Vettriano retrospective at Kelvingrove Art Gallery (Sat 21 Sep-Sun 23 Feb 2014) and Glasgow Beer Week in the first week of November. Plenty of excuses to wrap up warm and head into town.

Edinburgh and Glasgow really put on the Ritz as the nights draw in, especially leading up to the Christmas party season. The Pet Shop Boys headline Edinburgh's Concert in the Gardens for Hogmanay, while Glasgow on Ice (skating, music, film screenings) is a gorgeous setting for first dates and family days out alike. There are plenty of Christmas markets in both cities beginning at the end of November too, worth keeping an eye on for food, vintage and unique crafty gifts.

Sights to see include the Exploring the Lion King exhibition at Edinburgh's City Art Centre (Sat 28 Sep-Sun 12 Jan 2014), letting you see behind the scenes of the live show's spectacular puppet work and learn how it was put together. Meanwhile, The Great Tapestry of Scotland is on display at the Scottish Parliament (until Sat 21 Sep) – see if you can spot your favourite Scots celebs in the stitching.’

The Great Tapestry of Scotland

Potentially the longest tapestry in the world (beating the Kieskamma tapestry in the South African parliament by a cool 23 metres), the artwork has been worked on by people from all across the country since 2012. It tells the story of Scotland's history from the formation of the land in the prehistoric era to the…

Spier Centre, Alloa

Wed 26 Jul

Free / 01259 452262

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Thu 27 Jul

Free / 01259 452262

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Fri 28 Jul

Free / 01259 452262

  • 09:00 – 17:00
…and 18 more dates until 18 Aug

Verdant Works, Dundee

Sat 26 Aug

Times vary / 01382 309060

Sun 27 Aug

Times vary / 01382 309060

Mon 28 Aug

Times vary / 01382 309060

…and 55 more dates until 22 Oct

Concert in the Gardens: Paolo Nutini

This year's famed Princes Street Gardens Hogmanay will be headlined by Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini.

An Evening with Sir Roger Moore

Interviewed by Gareth Owen, Hollywood legend, knight and raconteur Sir Roger Moore candidly discusses his life and career, from The Saint and The Persuaders to his stint as 007 and beyond. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective

It was always on the cards: Jack Vettriano, Scotland's most successful living painter, has his first major retrospective exhibition, bringing together more than a hundred of the man's best-loved and most frequently reproduced paintings. All the paintings on show are on loan from private collections and many have not been…

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