Dewars Aberfeldy Distillery multi-media historic archives app

 

NEW APP BRINGS WHISKY HISTORY TO LIFE AT DEWAR'S ABERFELDY DISTILLERY
DEWAR'S® authentic Highland home offers enhanced visitor experience
Aberfeldy, Scotland, 14 April 2017 - Scotland's iconic Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery in Perthshire has revolutionised its already award-winning tour experience with a bespoke multi-media app, bringing its historic archives to life for visitors.
The creation of the experience, the first of its type for a Scotch whisky distillery, was inspired by similar innovations in some of the world's leading museums and art galleries. Delivered via iPads® for visitors to the distillery's heritage exhibition, the app allows them to build their own experience rather than the more linear audio tour previously offered. Users are also able to view items that, due to their fragility, are not currently on display to the public.
The app uses the latest technology to recognise visual 'trigger points', accessing additional information, imagery, sound and video when held over them. Provided in 11 languages, the app also enhances the experience for the distillery's many overseas visitors.
Jonathan Wilson, Visitor Operations Manager, comments: "It's exciting to see our historical archives presented in such a contemporary way. Whilst an iPad can never replace the personal interaction provided by our distillery tours, the new experience is a wonderful added bonus that allows whisky lovers, visitors and locals alike to delve deeper into the Dewar's story."
Developed by Glasgow creative branding and digital agency Contagious, the app uses a simple interface with icons on screen to access specific room-based content throughout heritage exhibition. Access to the heritage exhibition and use of an iPad is included in all the distillery's tour options, which also offer a guided tour through whisky production and the atmospheric warehouse, before a whisky tasting.
Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery offers a variety of fun and informative Distillery tours to choose from including the Aberfeldy Tour (£9.50 per adult), Cask Tasting Tour (£17), Connoisseur Tour (£27), Blender's Tour (£75) and Private Dewar's Tour (£99).
For more information, please visit www.dewarsaberfeldydistillery.com or call +44(0)1887822

New App Brings Whisky History to Life at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery

New-App-for-Dewars-Aberfeld-Whisky-DistilleryScotland's iconic Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery in Perthshire has revolutionised its already award-winning tour experience with a bespoke multi-media app, bringing its historic archives to life for visitors.

The creation of the experience, the first of its type for a Scotch whisky distillery, was inspired by similar innovations in some of the world's leading museums and art galleries.

Delivered via iPads® for visitors to the distillery's heritage exhibition, the app allows them to build their own experience rather than the more linear audio tour previously offered. Users are also able to view items that, due to their fragility, are not currently on display to the public.

The app uses the latest technology to recognise visual 'trigger points', accessing additional information, imagery, sound and video when held over them. Provided in 11 languages, the app also enhances the experience for the distillery's many overseas visitors.

New-multi-media-App-for-Dew.jpgJonathan Wilson, Visitor Operations Manager, comments: "It's exciting to see our historical archives presented in such a contemporary way. Whilst an iPad can never replace the personal interaction provided by our distillery tours, the new experience is a wonderful added bonus that allows whisky lovers, visitors and locals alike to delve deeper into the Dewar's story."

Developed by Glasgow creative branding and digital agency Contagious, the app uses a simple interface with icons on screen to access specific room-based content throughout heritage exhibition.

Access to the heritage exhibition and use of an iPad is included in all the distillery's tour options, which also offer a guided tour through whisky production and the atmospheric warehouse, before a whisky tasting.

Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery offers a variety of fun and informative Distillery tours to choose from including the Aberfeldy Tour (£9.50 per adult), Cask Tasting Tour (£17), Connoisseur Tour (£27), Blender's Tour (£75) and Private Dewar's Tour (£99).

For more information, please visit www.dewarsaberfeldydistillery.com or call +44(0)1887822010.

 

Perthshire Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett wins Gold (1)

 

Highland Perthshire Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett wins Gold
Two successive "Best in the World" awards is huge achievement for small Scottish business
For a second year running, Perthshire-based Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett received a prestigious gold accolade in the International Chocolate Awards at Olympia, London this weekend, for one of his exquisite Velvet Truffles.
In competition with chocolatiers from all over the globe, his new Caramel with A Twist of Liquorice Velvet Truffle topped the board - the only UK chocolatier to win such a distinction in the truffle and praline category this year.
Iain Burnett is based in the tiny village of Grandtully in Highland Perthshire, and the Highland Chocolatier has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. In recent years Iain's special expertise in making both "naked" and enrobed (coated) chocolates has made his premises one of the area's leading tourist attractions.
THE SCOTTISH CHOCOLATE CENTRE at Grandtully, opened in 2010, was the first and only venue of its kind in Scotland dedicated to the promotion of gourmet chocolate. Iain Burnett himself is now Scotland's most awarded chocolatiers and one of the top three in the UK.
Iain said of his latest success: "I'm really pleased that my new caramelized white Velvet Truffle has been selected. Liquorice is a flavour that sometimes gets a bad press but I've developed a chocolate that uses a gentle hint of liquorice with white chocolate that has been caramelised to complement it.  The balance of chocolate and spices is combined to create a complex chocolate that is above all, delicious!"
The truffles cost £19.95 for a gift box and are available in his Grandtully and St Andrews stores, as well as mail order across the UK and internationally via www.highlandchocolatier.com.
The recipe and technique for producing Iain's pure, ganache truffle is a closely guarded secret because it is so unique. His original Dark Velvet Truffle won gold at the International Chocolate Awards in 2015, marking it as The World's Best Dark Chocolate Truffle. Both his Caramel with a Twist of Liquorice Truffle and his Milk Velvet Truffle - Classic also won Gold at the British section of the International Chocolate Awards in June 2016.
The whole Velvet Truffle range has won Scotland Food and Drink Excellence overall Product of the Year.
The International Chocolate Awards are judged from over 40 countries with literally thousands of entries. They recognise the finest quality chocolate from around the world and reflect international tastes, offering a level playing field for chocolatiers worldwide. For example, the firm winning silver in the white truffle category came from the United States, and five bronzes were awarded to firms from the US, Mexico and Switzerland.
Iain Burnett - The Highland Chocolatier sources chocolate from the small island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe and uses local ingredients including cream from a single herd of Perthshire cattle, and Scottish honey and Scottish butter.

Highland Perthshire Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett wins Gold

Iain-Burnett-Chocolatier with Gold AwardTwo successive "Best in the World" awards is huge achievement for the the Highland Chocolatier, a small Scottish business based in the tiny village of Grandtully.

Gold in the International Chocolate Awards at Olympia - For a second year running, Perthshire-based Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett received a prestigious gold accolade in the International Chocolate Awards at Olympia, London this weekend, for one of his exquisite Velvet Truffles.

World Wide CompetitionThe International Chocolate Awards are judged from over 40 countries with literally thousands of entries. They recognise the finest quality chocolate from around the world and reflect international tastes, offering a level playing field for chocolatiers worldwide. For example, the firm winning silver in the white truffle category came from the United States, and five bronzes were awarded to firms from the US, Mexico and Switzerland.

Iain Burnett is based in the tiny village of Grandtully in Highland Perthshire, and the Highland Chocolatier has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. In recent years Iain's special expertise in making both "naked" and enrobed (coated) chocolates has made his premises one of the area's leading tourist attractions.

THE SCOTTISH CHOCOLATE CENTRE at Grandtully, opened in 2010, was the first and only venue of its kind in Scotland dedicated to the promotion of gourmet chocolate. Iain Burnett himself is now Scotland's most awarded chocolatiers and one of the top three in the UK.

Iain said of his latest success: "I'm really pleased that my new caramelized white Velvet Truffle has been selected. Liquorice is a flavour that sometimes gets a bad press but I've developed a chocolate that uses a gentle hint of liquorice with white chocolate that has been caramelised to complement it.  The balance of chocolate and spices is combined to create a complex chocolate that is above all, delicious!"

Caramel-Velvet-Truffle.jpgThe truffles cost £19.95 for a gift box and are available in his Grandtully and St Andrews stores, as well as mail order across the UK and internationally via www.highlandchocolatier.com.

The recipe and technique for producing Iain's pure, ganache truffle is a closely guarded secret because it is so unique. His original Dark Velvet Truffle won gold at the International Chocolate Awards in 2015, marking it as The World's Best Dark Chocolate Truffle. Both his Caramel with a Twist of Liquorice Truffle and his Milk Velvet Truffle - Classic also won Gold at the British section of the International Chocolate Awards in June 2016.

The whole Velvet Truffle range has won Scotland Food and Drink Excellence overall Product of the Year.

Iain Burnett - The Highland Chocolatier sources chocolate from the small island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe and uses local ingredients including cream from a single herd of Perthshire cattle, and Scottish honey and Scottish butter.

 

Why were the Irish At the Battle of Killiecrankie

 

The Irish at the Battle of Killiecrankie 2016 Event.
Purcell's Irish Dragoon's flag is loaned by the Soldiers of Killiecrankie event to the National Trust of Scotland Killiecrankie Visitor Centre in Killiecrankie. You may well ask, what were the Irish doing at the 1689 Battle of Killiecrankie?
Purcell's Irish Dragoon's led by Tomás Ó Brógáin and Ian Eagleson from Ireland returned to Killiecrankie last year to take part in the Soldiers of Killiecrankie weekend. To mark the occasion a replica of Purcell's Irish Dragoon's flag was presented to the organisers of the Soldiers of Killiecarnkie event by Tomás Ó Brógáin. It is this flag that you can see when you visit the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre.
The story all began back in 1689 when Col. Nicholas Purcell who represented the County of Tipperary in the Parliament in Dublin, accompanied King James II from Brest in France as he travelled to Ireland, in May 1689. King James II of England and VI of Scotland was travelling to Ireland to reclaim his crown back from King William and his daughter Queen Mary.
King William and King James's daughter Queen Mary's reign began in February 1689 after their successful invasion of England in November 1688, led to the so-called Glorious Revolution. After the Siege of Derry, Colonel Nicholas was sent by the King James to support the Highland Jacobite forces commanded by "Bonnie Dundee".
400 men of Colonel Purcell's regiment landed in small boats at Lochaber in the morning of 17 May 1689, before marching to join up with Bonnie Dundee's Highlanders on the 16 July at Blair Castle, Perthshire. The highland clans were gathering to oppose the Williamite forces who were commanded by another Scot, Lieutenant-General Hugh Mackay.
You will have the chance to see and meet Purcell's Irish Dragoon's led by Tomás Ó Brógáin and Ian Eagleson as they are returning to this year's Soldiers of Killiecrankie weekend on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, 11am to 5pm.
The Soldiers of Killiecrankie weekend also has cavalry and infantry displays, battlefield tours, a living history camp which gives a glimpse behind the scenes of the daily life of the 17th century government soldier. There are also many 'period sensitive' events for the whole family including traditional storytelling, waulking cloth, your chance to dress up in traditional highland clothing for men, women and children, stalls, food, traditional crafts and other activities from targe and sword making for the youngsters, archery, golf, basket weaving, Battlefield horse stunts, Punishment through the Ages, and the popular Saturday night family Battlefield Ceilidh.
Entry to Soldiers of Killiecrankie is £6 adult, £5 Concessions, £3 children under 16 years, family of four £16 and free car parking. For further information www.SoldiersOfKilliecrankie.co.uk or contact: - James Rattray james@explorescotland.net or 01796 473335.

The Irish at the Battle of Killiecrankie 2016 Event.

purcells-flag-presentation.jpgPurcell's Irish Dragoon's flag is loaned by the Soldiers of Killiecrankie event to the National Trust of Scotland Killiecrankie Visitor Centre in Killiecrankie. You may well ask, what were the Irish doing at the 1689 Battle of Killiecrankie?

Purcell's Irish Dragoon's led by Tomás Ó Brógáin and Ian Eagleson from Ireland returned to Killiecrankie last year to take part in the Soldiers of Killiecrankie weekend. To mark the occasion a replica of Purcell's Irish Dragoon's flag was presented to the organisers of the Soldiers of Killiecarnkie event by Tomás Ó Brógáin. It is this flag that you can see when you visit the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre.

The story all began back in 1689 when Col. Nicholas Purcell who represented the County of Tipperary in the Parliament in Dublin, accompanied King James II from Brest in France as he travelled to Ireland, in May 1689. King James II of England and VI of Scotland was travelling to Ireland to reclaim his crown back from King William and his daughter Queen Mary.

King William and King James's daughter Queen Mary's reign began in February 1689 after their successful invasion of England in November 1688, led to the so-called Glorious Revolution. After the Siege of Derry, Colonel Nicholas was sent by the King James to support the Highland Jacobite forces commanded by "Bonnie Dundee".

purcells-irish-dragoons.jpg400 men of Colonel Purcell's regiment landed in small boats at Lochaber in the morning of 17 May 1689, before marching to join up with Bonnie Dundee's Highlanders on the 16 July at Blair Castle, Perthshire. The highland clans were gathering to oppose the Williamite forces who were commanded by another Scot, Lieutenant-General Hugh Mackay.

You will have the chance to see and meet Purcell's Irish Dragoon's led by Tomás Ó Brógáin and Ian Eagleson as they are returning to this year's Soldiers of Killiecrankie weekend on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, 11am to 5pm.

The Soldiers of Killiecrankie weekend also has cavalry and infantry displays, battlefield tours, a living history camp which gives a glimpse behind the scenes of the daily life of the 17th century government soldier. There are also many 'period sensitive' events for the whole family including traditional storytelling, waulking cloth, your chance to dress up in traditional highland clothing for men, women and children, stalls, food, traditional crafts and other activities from targe and sword making for the youngsters, archery, golf, basket weaving, Battlefield horse stunts, Punishment through the Ages, and the popular Saturday night family Battlefield Ceilidh.

Entry to Soldiers of Killiecrankie is £6 adult, £5 Concessions, £3 children under 16 years, family of four £16 and free car parking. For further information www.SoldiersOfKilliecrankie.co.uk or contact: - James Rattray james@explorescotland.net or 01796 473335.

 

Atholl Country Life Museum 2016

 

Atholl Museum Gearing Up for Summer!
With the arrival of the curlews and lapwings on the hill and this year's swallows starting to rear their young, Atholl Country Life Museum is getting ready for the 2016 summer season. From 1 June the former school in Blair Atholl moves from weekend only to daily opening from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm. Then in July and August Highland Perthshire's favourite museum opens from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily on week days and 1.30 to 5.00 at weekends.
Museum founder John Cameron is hoping for a good summer and that local people and visitors will continue to be able to enjoy the displays in the building proper, and in the reconstructed Trinafour post office behind. "There have been one or two modifications to the displays this year. We've also added cruck timber frames, typical of rural Scottish architecture in the early nineteenth century, to our ever-expanding range of artefacts. The museum gives a good flavour of bygone Scottish rural life above the highland line and there are fascinating displays and photographs of people, tangible items and themes of importance to the Atholl area like agriculture, the railway, the landscape and specific events. A visit won't occupy a whole day - maybe an hour or two depending on how much you want to see and absorb - and we get very good feedback from everyone who has spent time here. Locals can enjoy the museum as part of a relaxing and happy day out in the Atholl area. Come and try it. There are lots of things to appeal to the kids too!"
Admission is £4 per adult and £3 for senior citizens. Children under 17 accompanied by adults are admitted free. You can keep up to date with what's going on by logging on to www.athollcountrylifemuseum.org.uk and you can like the museum's facebook page too!

Atholl Museum Gearing Up for Summer 2016!

guess-clues-atholl.jpgWith the arrival of the curlews and lapwings on the hill and this year's swallows starting to rear their young, Atholl Country Life Museum is getting ready for the 2016 summer season. From 1 June the former school in Blair Atholl moves from weekend only to daily opening from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm. Then in July and August Highland Perthshire's favourite museum opens from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm daily on week days and 1.30 to 5.00 at weekends.

Museum founder John Cameron is hoping for a good summer and that local people and visitors will continue to be able to enjoy the displays in the building proper, and in the reconstructed Trinafour post office behind.

"There have been one or two modifications to the displays this year. We've also added cruck timber frames, typical of rural Scottish architecture in the early nineteenth century, to our ever-expanding range of artefacts. The museum gives a good flavour of bygone Scottish rural life above the highland line and there are fascinating displays and photographs of people, tangible items and themes of importance to the Atholl area like agriculture, the railway, the landscape and specific events.

A visit won't occupy a whole day - maybe an hour or two depending on how much you want to see and absorb - and we get very good feedback from everyone who has spent time here.

Locals can enjoy the museum as part of a relaxing and happy day out in the Atholl area. Come and try it. There are lots of things to appeal to the kids too!"

Admission is £4 per adult and £3 for senior citizens. Children under 17 accompanied by adults are admitted free. You can keep up to date with what's going on by logging on to www.athollcountrylifemuseum.org.uk and you can like the museum's facebook page too!

 

Blair Castle International Horse Trials 2016 Tickets go on Sale

 

FEI Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials Box Office now open
This year's FEI Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials and Country Fair runs from 25th - 28th August. As usual there is a raft of ticket options for spectators wishing to watch some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world perform in front of the breathtaking Blair Castle, and take on its demanding terrain.
Undoubtedly the most relaxing option is to opt for an all inclusive Membership ticket. These include admission to the event, forward car parking and access to the ringside Members' Marquee with its bar and restaurant facilities, CCTV and members toilets. A four day, weekend or daily membership can be purchased, with prices starting at £24 per person - and dogs on short leads are welcome in the Marquee.
Alternatively there are Season and Weekend packages, offering entry to the show ground and Country Fair - but not including car parking. Weekend adult admission costs just £30 per person. Adult general admission starts at £12 per person.
So once you have chosen your type of ticket, where to stay. There are numerous stunning hotels, pubs and B&B's in the area, but if you want to be right at the heart of the action and not miss any of the evening entertainment, camping could be the answer. The Horse Trials camp site is a short five minute walk from the public entrance to the event and offers all the facilites that you would expect. Caravans, motorhomes, tents and horseboxes are all welcome.
As a real treat you could, however, book one of the luxury Yurts or Tipis on offer. These come decorated with colourful Indian cotton hangings and scatter cusions, all ready for you to make your home for the duration. Relax on sheepskin rugs under sparkling solar fairy lights, and sleep on comfortable, top of the range, airbeds. These are unsurprisingly very popular so should be booked early!
There is much to see and do at this year's FEI Blair Castle Equi-Trek Horse Trials, and with all that Perthshire has to offer, why not make a holiday of it and enjoy Scotland at its most glorious.

FEI Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials Box Office now open

blair-horse-trials-view.jpgThis year's FEI Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials and Country Fair runs from 25th - 28th August.

As usual there is a raft of ticket options for spectators wishing to watch some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world perform in front of the breathtaking Blair Castle, and take on its demanding terrain.

Membership ticket - Undoubtedly the most relaxing option is to opt for an all inclusive Membership ticket. These include admission to the event, forward car parking and access to the ringside Members' Marquee with its bar and restaurant facilities, CCTV and members toilets. Dogs on short leads are welcome in the Marquee.blair-horse-trials-village.jpg

  • Season Membership £95.00 (Only available in advance)
  • Weekend Membership Sat and Sun £65.00 (Only available in advance)
  • Thursday, Friday Membership £24.00 per day (Only available in advance)

Season and Weekend packages, offering entry to the show ground and Country Fair - but not including car parking. Weekend adult admission costs just £30 per person. Adult general admission starts at £12 per person.

  • Season Admission £50.00 (Only available in advance)
  • Weekend Admission Sat and Sun £30.00 (Only available in advance)
  • Thursday, Friday Admission £12.00 per day OR £14.00 per day at the gate on the day
  • Saturday Admission £20.00 OR £22.00 at the gate on the day
  • Sunday Admission £15.00 OR £17.00 at the gate on the day

Car Parking blair-horse-trials-dogs.jpg

  • Season Car Pass £12.00 (Only available in advance)
  • Weekend Car Pass £6.00 (Only available in advance)
  • Daily Car Park (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) £3.00 per day in advance OR £5.00 per day purchased at the car park
So once you have chosen your type of ticket, where to stay. There are numerous stunning hotels, pubs and B&B's in the area, but if you want to be right at the heart of the action and not miss any of the evening entertainment, camping could be the answer.

The Horse Trials camp site is a short five minute walk from the public entrance to the event and offers all the facilites that you would expect. Caravans, motorhomes, tents and horseboxes are all welcome.blair-horse-trials-country.jpg

Luxury Yurts or Tipis - As a real treat you could, however, book one of the luxury Yurts or Tipis on offer. These come decorated with colourful Indian cotton hangings and scatter cusions, all ready for you to make your home for the duration. Relax on sheepskin rugs under sparkling solar fairy lights, and sleep on comfortable, top of the range, airbeds. These are unsurprisingly very popular so should be booked early!

There is much to see and do at this year's FEI Blair Castle Equi-Trek Horse Trials, and with all that Perthshire has to offer, why not make a holiday of it and enjoy Scotland at its most glorious.

 

 

 

 

 

The Old Mill Inn Pitlochry wins Scottish Inn of the Year 2016

 

The Old Mill Inn in Pitlochry is triumphant at the Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards.
The red carpet was rolled out at Edinburgh's Sheraton Grand hotel last night for the annual Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards or as they are affectionately known in the industry, the "Tourism Oscars".  The nation's tourism movers and shakers turned out in their masses to eagerly await the awarding panel's decision on who they deem worthy of their prestigious awards.
The Old Mill Inn team were simply delighted to receive the honour of being named the best Scottish Inn for 2016 alongside a rising star award for their Receptionist Gosia Wasik.
Owners Fiona and Angus John MacLellan are thrilled that the hard work of their team has been recognised.  "We could not be more delighted" said Angus John "to achieve the award for Inn of the Year not once but twice is a great endorsement of what we're doing here at The Old Mill Inn.  Our aim is to be the best that we can possibly be and last night's award is proof positive that people love what we are doing."
This success story began just a few short years ago in 2012 when Fiona and Angus John took over The Old Mill Inn.  They have transformed the business from mediocre to award-winning in a short space of time.  Not only have they been successful in the Hotel Awards, they have also won Visitscotland's Gold star status for exceptional customer service, a Scottish Thistle Award for Tayside & Fife's Friendliest Pub and a mention in Peter Irvine's Scotland the Best Guidebook.
When asked why their business has been singled out, Fiona replies "Our focus for the business is to provide customers with what they want in our family's trademark style which is to offer friendly, consistently excellent service.  We also showcase the best local produce throughout the restaurant & bar and aim to bring everything together seamlessly so that each and every customer has a wonderful experience whether just nipping in for a pint or staying for a week long holiday."
The Inn hosts live music every weekend and has become the 'place to go' heart of the community for locals to meet up, wine & dine whilst enjoying some of the best musical talent that Scotland has to offer every Friday and Saturday night.
The award, currently making its way to its new home in Pitlochry, will take pride of place on the Inn's award display, which is looking pleasingly full.  With the Inn's current form, they'll have to make space for many more awards in years to come.
To book online or check for available rooms and visit www.theoldmillpitlochry.co.uk or call Tel: 01796 474020.
Contact for Press Enquiries:
Kirstie Lafford
Source Marketing
t: 01738 583 858   e: kirstie@sourcemarketing.co.uk
The Old Mill Inn
Mill Lane
Pitlochry
PH16 5BH
Tel: 01796 474 020

old-mill-inn-award

The Old Mill Inn in Pitlochry is triumphant at the Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards.

The red carpet was rolled out at Edinburgh's Sheraton Grand hotel last night for the annual Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards or as they are affectionately known in the industry, the "Tourism Oscars".  The nation's tourism movers and shakers turned out in their masses to eagerly await the awarding panel's decision on who they deem worthy of their prestigious awards.

The Old Mill Inn team were simply delighted to receive the honour of being named the best Scottish Inn for 2016 alongside a rising star award for their Receptionist Gosia Wasik.

Owners Fiona and Angus John MacLellan are thrilled that the hard work of their team has been recognised. "We could not be more delighted" said Angus John "to achieve the award for Inn of the Year not once but twice is a great endorsement of what we're doing here at The Old Mill Inn.  Our aim is to be the best that we can possibly be and last night's award is proof positive that people love what we are doing."old-mill-beer-garden.jpg

This success story began just a few short years ago in 2012 when Fiona and Angus John took over The Old Mill Inn. They have transformed the business from mediocre to award-winning in a short space of time.

Not only have they been successful in the Hotel Awards, they have also won Visitscotland's Gold star status for exceptional customer service, a Scottish Thistle Award for Tayside & Fife's Friendliest Pub and a mention in Peter Irvine's Scotland the Best Guidebook.

When asked why their business has been singled out, Fiona replies "Our focus for the business is to provide customers with what they want in our family's trademark style which is to offer friendly, consistently excellent service.  We also showcase the best local produce throughout the restaurant & bar and aim to bring everything together seamlessly so that each and every customer has a wonderful experience whether just nipping in for a pint or staying for a week long holiday."

old-mill-inn-pitlochry-perthshire.jpgThe Inn hosts live music every weekend and has become the 'place to go' heart of the community for locals to meet up, wine & dine whilst enjoying some of the best musical talent that Scotland has to offer every Friday and Saturday night.

The award, currently making its way to its new home in Pitlochry, will take pride of place on the Inn's award display, which is looking pleasingly full.  With the Inn's current form, they'll have to make space for many more awards in years to come.

To book online or check for available rooms and visit www.theoldmillpitlochry.co.uk or call Tel: 01796 474020. The Old Mill Inn, Mill Lane, Pitlochry PH16 5BH Tel: 01796 474 020

 

The Enchanted Forest Wins Top Scottish Tourism Award

The Enchanted Forest Wins Top Tourism Award

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire's multi-award winning sound and light show, has staved off competition from 38 of Scotland's top tourism providers to take home the Tourism & Hospitality Award at the recent Scottish Rural Awards.

enchanted-forest-lightsThe show, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year attracted just over 62,000 visitors to the Highland Perthshire area in 2015 over a 32 night run, demonstrating a 33% increase on the previous year, breaking all previous box office records. The event's impact on the local tourism economy is now expected to be in the region of £2.75million per annum with over 50% of all visitors to the event choosing to stay overnight in the area on their visit and 90% citing the event as their main reason for visiting the area in the Autumn.

Ian Sim, acting chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust that runs The Enchanted Forest, commented: "This is a tremendous achievement for Highland Perthshire in a hotly contested category at one of Scotland's most prestigious awards. We continue to be deeply encouraged by the continued support of our visitors, many of them loyal visitors who return to the Forest year after year, and winning the Tourism & Hospitality Award is testimony to the hard work put in by the community to make The Enchanted Forest such a successful and popular event."

enchanted-forest-spotlightsVisitors to the event in 2015 included Radio 1 DJ 'Rob da Bank' who tweeted out his attendance to his 81,000 followers as well as Tomas Jansen, Head of Sales for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts who, following his visit, commented: "It was great!!! Well done and well executed, we really enjoyed it."

The show was also featured on BBC1 Countryfile last Autumn with presenter Ellie Harrison revealing the wonders of The Enchanted Forest to the nation.

Over 5000 people who were not lucky enough to get tickets for last year's show have already signed up to an advance notice list to purchase tickets for 2016. More information on how to sign up is available on www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The Award Winning 2015 show FLUX was designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, and specially composed and recorded music, and sound effects by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales. Together they created a dazzling and engaging show which celebrates the stunning woodland setting of the event.

Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2016 Summer Plays Announced

Pitlochry Festival Theatre 2016 Shows announced.

"Stay 6 days and see 7 plays"

Pitlochry-Theatre-Summer-Season-2016.jpgI was privileged to be invited to Pitlochry Theatre to be told about the 2016 Summer Season Shows with a difference:-

  • The FIRST time there will be 7 summer shows.
  • The FIRST time there will a Rodgers and Hammerstein Show - described as the "Greatest musical of the 20th Century" by Time Magazine.
  • The FIRST time there will be three Alan Ayckbourn plays around the theme "Damsels in Distress"
  • The FIRST time you will be able to see 3 plays in one day.
  • "ALL seven plays are about decisions and consequences"

ALSO a fantastic offer:-

  • IF you book all 7 shows by Friday 29th January - you will have one free show and a free dinner at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
  • IF you book all 6 shows by Friday 29th January - you will have one free show.
  • LOOK OUT for a total of seven ticket offers (plus many concessions!) contained in the PFT Season launch brochure - that will have dropped on doormats this week (Thurs 3rd or Fri 4th December).Flat-Spin.jpg

Game-Plan.jpgThe other important facts that you might like to know about the Alan Ayckbourn plays:-

  • There will be 2 special trilogy days in September and October, when you can see all three in one day.
  • The same 7 actors will take part in all three plays, playing totally different an unrelated characters in each play.
  • There is no particular order you need to watch the plays in.
  • The plays are described as "Sharp, funny and having a contemporary feel" by John Durnin, Chief Executive and Artistic Director at Pitlochry Festival Theatre.Role-Play.jpg

The other three plays are:-

  • Noel Coward's "This Happy Breed" written in 1939 - covering period between the end of the 1st World War and the start of the 2nd. The story of one family, involves twelve actors, portraying the family as it ages in front of your eyes over the 20 years.
  • Thark - Thark is a farce by the English playwright Ben Travers. This will be second ever production of Clive Francis on reworked Ben Travers' Thark. The story concerns a reputedly haunted English country house. Investigators and frightened occupants of the house spend a tense night searching for the ghost.
  • Hard Times -by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854. "Wonderfully uplifting but with its dark moments on the way" set in the fictitious Victorian industrial Coketown, a generic Northern English mill-town, in some ways similar to Manchester, though smaller.Thark

Groups - IF you are a group of 8+ let the theatre know when you book, the booking office will advise on groups discounts, and other benefits including 20% off your groups transport costs.Travel - you can travel to Pitlochry by train from anywhere in the UK in one day! Pitlochry train station is right in the centre of the town on the main Perth to Inverness rail line.

Hard-TimesHotels, B&Bs, Guest Houses, Self-catering providers - contact Giles giles.conisbee@PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com at Pitlochry Festival Theatre and he will provide images and support to help you mail this out to your customer database, to fill your rooms and help bring more guests to Pitlochry Theatre.

"A Win Win situation as I see it! Locals do not need a bed to sleep in, BUT bed providers need events to draw visitors to the area and fill their beds - what better than our fantastic local theatre and all its plays."

James Rattray.

Tayside and Fifes Friendliest Pub (1)

Tayside and Fife's Friendliest Pub

old-mill-inn-pitlochry-flowersThe Old Mill Inn in Pitlochry has returned victorious from the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards with the new title of Tayside & Fife's Friendliest Pub. Despite stiff competition, this endorsement echoes their earlier award from The Scottish Hotel Awards under the same category, so clearly they are doing something right!

Friendliest Pub in Scotland AwardConsistency is key to The Old Mill Inn and it is with that hallmark in the foreground that the team eagerly anticipate the national finals of the awards which take place in March 2016.  These awards will see The Old Mill go up against the winners from the 5 national regions with the hope of scooping the Friendliest Pub in Scotland award.

With 2 regional winners still to be announced later this month, The Old Mill Inn already has some tough competition for the title of Friendliest Pub from finalists The Allanwater Brewhouse in Bridge of Allan and The George Bar in Hamilton.

Owners Angus John and Fiona MacLellan are incredibly proud of the recognition they have received from awarding bodies and customers and they believe that it is mostly down to the hard work and incredible dedication from their staff.

Speaking this morning, owner Angus John MacLellan said "Both Fiona and I are absolutely thrilled to receive this award.  We're so incredibly proud of our whole team and grateful for our wonderful customers who make the Old Mill Inn such a friendly place to go. To be named the Friendliest Pub is an honour and a privilege."

Old-Mill-Staff-Thistle-Award.jpg Fiona adds "We have a fantastic team at The Old Mill Inn - our super heroes.  Each member of staff plays a vital role in our business and as owners we work hard to hand pick the right people for each position.  We have a mix of local and international staff from around the globe including Australia & New Zealand, South Africa, and Romania.  Recruitment in the hospitality industry can be tough and this is why we strive to provide the best working environment for our team members - fun and hard work go hand in hand.  We reward excellence and all of our staff are working together to achieve the same goals - success and customer delight."

From behind the scenes, such as housekeeping and kitchen roles, through to front of house and management, their team is tip top and from the outside it's just like one big happy family.  This clearly resonates with customers and guests, creating a relaxed and informal environment which draws customers back time and time again!

Online reviews and comments on social media endorse their claim to be the friendliest bar with many wonderful and excellent write-ups of fantastic nights out at The Old Mill Inn.

Dougie MacLean Perthshire Amber 2015 (5)

Dougie MacLean's Autumnal Celebration of Music - Perthshire Amber - 30 October - 8 November 2015

Dougie-MacLean.jpgDunkeld welcomes the world to Dougie MacLean's Autumnal Celebration of Music - It's the final countdown to Scotland's "most original acoustic music festival" Perthshire Amber, which returns with a stellar line-up, on 30 October.

Headliners include 'home grown' talent Dallahan, Emily Smith, Rura, Ross Ainslie, Blazin' Fiddles, Karine Polwart, Benny Gallagher and The Wrigley Sisters all playing alongside Dougie MacLean, festival founder and the singer songwriter who gave us Scotland's anthem 'Caledonia'.

The festival's 'home base' is the picturesque village of Dunkeld in stunning autumnal Perthshire and runs for ten days until the 8 November.

The well-loved festival features 25 venues throughout the region including historic castles, the stunning Dunkeld Cathedral, cosy village halls, the ancient Iron Age Crannog on Loch Tay and the prestigious Perth Concert Hall.

The Byre at Inchyra, which is a wonderfully atmospheric venue dating from 1877 and formerly home to the cattle from the Inchyra Estate, is a new festival venue for 2015.  It fell into ruin only to be beautifully restored over the past couple of years and festival organisers are delighted to add The Byre at Inchyra to the host of quirky and fascinating venues used during the festival.

Emily-Smith.jpgThe festival has always had a strong representation of 'rest of UK' and international talent, this year is no different Bella Hardy, Elliott Morris and Jess Morgan hailing from different parts of England The Mae Trio from Australia; Jessie Will from New Zealand, Stanley Samuelsen from the Faroe Islands will all travel to Scotland for the festival as well as the welcome return of Buddy MacDonald from Nova Scotia, Canada.

In addition to the fantastic feature concerts, the fringe programme 'Amber Discoveries' will continue to support and promote new music and up-and-coming talent through the Open Mic afternoons and early evening Cabaret Amber, which are both free admission.

The ever-popular Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession will return to the streets of Dunkeld to mark the first Sunday of the festival processing to the historic Stanley Hill for an afternoon of music at the Amber Autumn Picnic, celebrating Scotland's Year of Food and Drink.

As usual throughout the 10 days there will be guided walks, talks and demonstrations.  Festival sponsors Tennant's Caledonia will make a welcome return offering samples of Caledonia Best to attendees of the evening concerts.

www.perthshireamber.combox office on 00 44 (0)1350 724 281 - On Twitter www.twitter.com/perthshireamber - and on https://www.facebook.com/Perthshire-Amber-The-Dougie-MacLean-Festival/

 

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