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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.
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The Old Mill Inn
Mill Lane
Pitlochry
PH16 5BH
Tel: 01796 474 020

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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

 

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.

Enchanted Forest for Charities

Enchanted Forest Branches Out for Charities

The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire's multi-award winning sound and light show, has announced that it has released an additional 1500 tickets for Thursday 2nd October when it will hold a dedicated charity event, the proceeds from which will be split equally between two Scottish charities: Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) and Autism Scotland.

enchanted-forest-pitlochryOver 45,0000 tickets went on sale for The Enchanted Forest's 13th event, elemental, in June and organisers are already predicting a sell-out show this year with demand for tickets already up by 37%. The release of additional tickets will be welcomed by fans of the show and by supporters of the charities alike.

Graham Brown, chairman of the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that runs The Enchanted Forest, commented:

"The Community Interest Company is, for the first time, in a strong position to give back to the local community and we have selected two charities that are very active in this area. It is marvellous to be able to assist Scottish Autism and CHAS with a charity night on the 2nd October and we wish them well and hope that they will benefit greatly from this unique fundraising opportunity."

Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest added:

"This is an exciting development for the show. As a community based event, we are very committed to giving something back and the two charities chosen both do exceptionally important work to support families and children across Scotland.

enchanted forest pitlochry, perthshire"Every year we get very positive feedback from customers whose children are affected by autism, and the profound impact the show has on them. For other families who are facing challenges, such as those supported by CHAS, the show offers an opportunity to enjoy time together and a break from their normal routine. We are proud to be giving both Scottish Autism and CHAS a helping hand."

Karen Wilson, fundraising manager for Scottish Autism commented:

"We are delighted to be selected as one of the charities to benefit from this event. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our services which support people with autism and their families throughout Scotland. We are also looking forward to bringing along some of our service users to enjoy the experience on the night."

Alison Rennie, CHAS Fundraiser commented:

"We're very excited to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit from The Enchanted Forest's first ever charity evening. It promises to be a magical event and all the funds received by CHAS will help us to continue to provide vital support to babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions."

The 2014 show, elemental, sees the return of the creative team that put together last year's successful show, with lighting design by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, sound design and composition by RJ McConnell, and orchestral compositions by Jon Beales.

The Enchanted Forest takes place from Friday 3rd - Sunday 26th October 2014 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 2nd October are available by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity

Fonab Castle 5 Stars Award

Fonab Castle Hotel, one of only five 5 Star Hotels in Perthshire.

Fonab Castle Hotel, opened in July 2013. Nestled on the banks of Loch Faskally, Pitlochry, in the heart of Perthshire, the hotel offers 26 bedrooms including 4 suites and a luxurious Penthouse suite (a number with loch views). The hotel brasserie and lounge provide outstanding vistas of the loch itself and Sandemans our fine dining restaurant is a tranquil setting for experiencing exquisite cuisine and fine wines.

Johanne Falconer, General Manager of Fonab Castle Hotel is delighted with this latest award.

We have an outstanding product and achieving Visit Scotland's five star status is recognition of the hard work and dedication of all of the team here at Fonab Castle Hotel.

Autumn this year will see further developments at Fonab Castle Hotel with our new Destination Spa opening along with purpose built banqueting suites.  This again will provide visitors to Pitlochry with a new world class facility that will certainly enhance all that Perthshire has to offer.

Jim Clarkson, Visit Scotland Regional Director, said:
"Congratulations to Fonab Castle Hotel on achieving a 5 Star and Taste Our Best award on their first grading visit.  They have worked extremely hard to achieve this highest star grading and are one of only five 5 Star Hotels in Perthshire.  Businesses like Fonab Castle really are one of the leading lights in the region when it comes to providing an exceptional visitor experience.

"The benefits of this 5 Star award will be reaped not only by Fonab Castle Hotel, but also by their customers and by extension Scottish tourism as a whole, as we work together to encourage visitors to Scotland to stay longer and spend more."

• Fonab Castle was built in 1892 by architect Andrew Heiton for Lt Col George Glas Sandeman
• It was used as a British Red Cross auxiliary hospital from 1915 to 1918
• Since 1946, the property was used by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board
• Fonab Castle opened as a luxury castle hotel in July 2013
• Fonab Castle's 'Sandman's on the Loch' fine dining restaurant opened in February 2014 to receive 2 AA Rosettes

Enchanted Forest 2013 launched

Enchanted Forest Soars to Success with 12th Show

enchanted-forest-absorb.jpgThe Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and Scotland's premier sound and light show, launched last night in an array of dazzling colours to a select audience of press and VIPs at Forestry Commission Scotland's Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

The twelfth event in the series is on course to smash all previous box office records, with organisers reporting that advance ticket sales are up over 50% on the previous year.

The 2013 show "absorb" has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, music by RJ McConnell, and a specially commissioned orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon Beales. Together they have created a dazzling and engaging show which celebrates the stunning woodland setting of the event and appropriately marks the Year of Natural Scotland.enchanted-forest-tunnel.jpg

Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest 2013, commented:

"We have worked especially hard this year to ensure we deliver a show that is both creative and visually stunning. Every year the remarkable natural woodland of Faskally Wood provides our canvas and inspiration and we really hope our audience members enjoy their visit.

"Thanks to funding from Event Scotland we have been able to extend the reach of the show this year into new markets and I am certain that new visitors to the event from the North East of England, as well as from closer to home, will find the experience both breath-taking and unique."

Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire, formally opened the show on Wednesday night, commenting:

"This is undoubtedly one of Scotland's finest cultural events which just continues to go from strength to strength. Last year it attracted over 30,000 visitors to Highland Perthshire, an essential boost for the local economy, but it also showcases the natural beauty of Scotland right across the globe. The Enchanted Forest is a must see event for any visitor to Scotland in the Autumn."

enchanted-forest-trees.jpgBudding photographers visiting The Enchanted Forest this year will also have the chance to submit their own digital artwork to an esteemed panel of judges for the event's first ever photographic competition. The winner will receive vouchers for photography kit as well as see their winning image displayed as a special guest exhibit in Perth Museum and Art Gallery' Big Roots Exhibition, which features images of big trees from the local area.

Derek Allan commented:

"Every year our visitors send in literally hundreds of photos on social media and we thought it would be fantastic if we could reward them for their photographic efforts. We are very lucky to have secured Anna Henly, an award winner at the BBC Wildlife enchanted-forest-loch.jpgPhotographer of the Year Competition, to act as our guest judge and we very much look forward to seeing everyone's interpretations of The Enchanted Forest this year."

The event runs from Friday 4th October - Sunday 27th October. Tickets are in very high demand this year with many shows already sold out.

For further information about the Enchanted Forest, the photographic competition and to book tickets, visit the Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

The NEW Web site for the Highland Perthshire area

We would like to introduce you to the NEW area web site for Explore Highland Perthshire, it is called "Explore Pitlochry "

Pitlochry web site home pageWhy Explore Pitlochry?

  • We have been in a dilemma as to what to do, as we already have a high profile Highland Perthshire web site up and running www.HighlandPerthshire.com , so to put up another web site with a similar name, just does not make sense.
  • Where exactly is 'Highland Perthshire'? Increasingly the term 'Highland Perthshire' is becoming more and more ambiguous. Crieff claims to be in Highland Perthshire, so does Comrie and Blairgowrie - in all honesty they are! If you look at P&K planning web site, you will see their map for Highland Perthshire even includes places further afield, such as Auchterarder. So it is all a bit fuzzy! So let's look at the web traffic.
  • Web Traffic as Per Google:-

    Aberfeldy 5,400 searches per month.
    Blair Atholl 2,900 searches per month.
    Dunkeld 3,600 searches per month.
    Highland Perthshire 210 searches per month.
    Pitlochry 14,800 searches per month.
    Rannoch 880 searches per month.

    The term 'Pitlochry' has more searches than all these areas combined.

  • Explore network of sites - Our other Explore web sites across Scotland focus on the principle town in the area, Inverness, St Andrews, Stirling, Oban etc, because they are the most searched for destination. So it makes sense to do the same for Pitlochry.
  • "Nr Pitlochry" - It is interesting to see how many businesses have in their address as 'Nr Pitlochry' or 'By Pitlochry', again indicating businesses feel being associated with the largest town in the area is a benefit.

NEW WEB Site -

  • The web site has been designed so it is friendly to all devices it is browsed by, whether it is a computer, lap top, iPad, Tablet, mobile phone etc.
  • We will be adding it to the map of Explore web sites later today www.ExploreScotland.net

We would appreciate any comments you have, anything you think we have not got right or need changed

Highland Main Line 150 Years Celebrations

Pitlochry in Bloom are pleased to announce their programme for the Celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of the Highland Main Line.

pitlochry-station-porter.jpgThe Highland Mainline was opened from Dunkeld to Pitlochry on the 1st June 1863, from Forres to Aviemore on 3rd August 1863 and the final section from Aviemore to Pitlochry on 9th September 1863. Finally a direct connection to Edinburgh and the South made travel possible for all.

On Monday 9th September at 11am the official ceremony will take place on Platform 1 at Pitlochry Station in front of invited guests. The unveiling of the restored MacFarlane 7 Drinking Fountain from the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, highland-line-150yr-celebration-poster.jpgone of only two remaining at Stations in Scotland and a plaque will be performed. Invited guests will be able to view the Breadalbane Academy and Pitlochry High School Art posters along the railings,which gaily emulate Victorian travel posters, the Floral Train on Platform 1 and a collection of old photographs of Pitlochry Station & staff and the new Mural in the North-bound Waiting Room on Platform 2.

After speeches, the official party will make their way to the New Fishers Hotel for lunch.

The whole Station, both Waiting Rooms and the Victorian Footbridge have been cleaned and re-painted for the 150th.

Tpitlochry-station-platform.jpgo celebrate this Sesquicentennial, FirstScotrail and Network Rail have refurbished the Station buildings and the Victorian footbridge at Pitlochry. The local community, with help from Pitlochry in Bloom, Pitlochry Partnership, Moulin and Pitlochry History Circle and local schools have set up a group to celebrate the arrival of the train and tourism to Pitlochry. A colourful exhibition of childrens artwork, a floral train and unique historical photographs will be on display for September this year.

Central to the celebrations has been the restoration of the Victorian Drinking Fountain, a MacFarlane 7 from the Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, with financial assistance from the FirstScotrail, P&KC Heritage Trust and the Railway Heritage Trust. Pitlochry in Bloom next to the Pitlochry Station Victorian FountainThis is one of only two remaining at Stations in Scotland.

To continue the celebrations and allow the local community to join in, Pitlochry in Bloom is holding a Celebration Ceilidh in the Atholl Palace Hotel on the evening of the 9th September 2013. The Atholl Suite will be suitably decked out for the occasion, with all things railway and tickets, which must be pre-purchased by Saturday 7th will be on sale from the Atholl Palace. Supper and a celebration cake, dancing to the Pride of Earn Ceilidh Band and if you want to dress up in your Victorian finery, please do!

Pitlochry in Bloom will be hosting a private Victorian Tea Party for the Pitlochry Primary School children to celebrate too in the New Fishers Hotel on the afternoon of the 11th, sports, stories and sticky buns!

Pitlolchry in Bloom Train at Pitlochry StationThe final event for the town is a free talk with slides in in The Bow Lounge, at the Atholl Palace Hotel at 7.30pm on the evening of the 11th September 2013 by renowned railway author Neil Sinclair. Neil Sinclair is the author of the new edition of The Highland Main Line which has just been published by Stenlake to mark the 150th anniversary.

£25,800 to celebrate the Highland Mainline Railway arriving in Pitlochry.

150 Years On Track - The arrival of the train to Pitlochry.

Pitlochry in Bloom wins Heritage Lottery Fund support.

Pitlochry-station-c1912.jpgPitlochry in Bloom has received £25,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, 150 Years On Track, to celebrate the Highland Mainline Railway arriving in Pitlochry. Led by volunteers from the local community, the project focuses on the opening of Joseph Mitchell's railway line over the Cairngorms and the arrival of trains to Pitlochry in 1863 and the impact on the town as it became a Tourist destination and a place to live and work.

The project will enable visitors and locals to explore the changes the train and railway brought to the town, it will involve young and old alike and leave a photographic and written legacy for all to enjoy.

Commenting on the award, Sally Spaven, Chair of Pitlochry in Bloom said: " We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will give the community pride in their Railway Heritage and the opportunity to celebrate 150 Years On Track.

pitlochry-railway-station.jpgColin McLean, Head of HLF Scotland, said "This project is driven by the local residents of Pitlochry. It demonstrates how our heritage can be a living part of a community bringing people together to learn from and enjoy their shared identity. We are delighted to be giving this worthwhile venture our full support."

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.   To date it has invested over £500 million in Scotland's heritage. Website: www.hlf.org.uk

Enchanted Forest Pitlochry Tickets on sale

Enchanted Forest Tickets Go On Sale

Over 30,000 tickets have gone on sale this weekend for the multi-award winning sound and light show The Enchanted Forest.

The Enchanted Forest attracted almost 31,000 visitors in 2012, organisers have announced an extension to the event's usual 23 night run to include an additional night to cater for tourists holidaying in the area during the English mid-term holidays.

The Enchanted Forest celebrated its 10th anniversary last year and was recently named Best Cultural Event at the VisitScotland Thistle Awards ceremony held earlier this month, adding to a raft of awards won over the last few years.

enchanted-forest-pitlochry2.jpgThe 2013 show, 'absorb', has been designed by Scottish lighting designer Kate Bonney and sound designer RJ McConnell, and will include a new orchestral piece which has been specially commissioned, by composer John Beales.

Derek Allan, creative director of The Enchanted Forest commented, "We are looking forward to this year's event which will be held in the glorious Autumnal setting of Faskally Wood. It's always a challenge for the creative team to reinvent the canvas of the event but we have been working on some very exciting concepts for this year's show which we are certain will deliver the wow factor that our customers expect from us as well as showing new aspects of Faskally Wood that returning visitors may never have seen before."

The Enchanted Forest will take place from Friday 4th - Sunday 27th October 2013 at Faskally Wood near Pitlochry.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For further information please visit www.EnchantedForest.org.uk

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of railway between Aviemore and Pitlochry

Blair Atholl's Railways Remembered!

highland-steam-train.jpgThe Atholl Country Life Museum is looking for relevant artefacts, photographs, documents or stories to be included in the exhibition for the period when the museum is open from Easter through to September 2013.

The Atholl Country Life Museum in Blair Atholl will stage an exhibition this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway between Aviemore and Pitlochry.

In the days of steam locomotives, Blair Atholl was an important staging post for trains which were topped up with coal and water in preparation for the long haul through the formidable Drumochter Pass.

Anyone with memorabilia which they would be willing to loan for this period should contact John Cameron (01796 481232) or Stewart MacGlashan (01796 483339).  pitlochry-steam-train.jpg

In addition, the Museum will host an illustrated talk "Blair Atholl's Railways" by Howard Geddes at 7.30 PM on 20 March in the Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl.

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