Old Scots fairytale to
commemorate the 325th Battle of Killiecrankie
An old Scottish faitytale will be performed by Scottish Youth
Theatre at an event to commemorate the 325th Battle of
Killiecrankie - the first Jacobite uprising where 2,000 Highland
soldiers defeated 4,000 Government troops under the control of King
William of Orange in 1689.
Family Storytime, Scottish Youth Theatre's popular
interactive storytelling sessions for 3-7 year olds and the whole
family, will perform "Rashiecoats" about a bold and bonnie Scottish
Princess called Heather, similar to Cinderella.
But that's where the similarities to Cinderella end! There are
no glass slippers, no pumpkin coaches and no fairy godmother!
Heather is a fearless and feisty Princess. She loves to be free and
run barefoot through the highland hills. However, her father, the
King, wants her to marry for land, not love and there the big
kerfuffle begins. She tries hard to explain true love but the King
will not listen and one dark night, as the rain belts down, she
runs away from her Castle home. Disguised as a kitchen maid she
finds work in the kitchen of a neighbouring castle. Never does
Heather think that true love is close by until the night of the
The Rashiecoats performance will take place on Sunday 27 July at
1pm and 3pm at the Battle of Killiekrankie Remembered, in
Perthshire. The weekend of events will include Bonnie Dundee's
Cavalry, Government and Jacobite battle displays plus Battlefield
tours, on the original battlefield, by the recently formed Soldiers
of Killiekrankie Group. There will also be a Jacobite storyteller,
Highland folk music, traditional Ceilidh with people taking a turn
on the Saturday night and lots of stalls selling traditional arts
James Rattray, Chairman, of Soldiers of Killiecrankie Group, at
Explore Scotland, who is organising the anniversary event,
said: "We are delighted that the Scottish Youth Theatre is
coming to perform at the 2014 Soldiers of Killiecrankie event.
Scottish Youth Theatre brings something very special to our event.
I know the youngsters from Highland Perthshire are very much
looking forward to seeing the performance of Rashiecoats."
Karen McGrady-Parker, Associate Director-Early Years at Scottish
Youth Theatre, said: "The actors are gearing up for a busy
Summer and are looking forward to sharing a Scots tale in a time
when the spotlight is definitely on our homeland. Family Storytime
is about bringing the audience on the journey with our actors to
let wee ones experience the story. Children as young as three, get
to participate in the performance alongside the actors so they
become part of the story.
"When I was looking for ideas for Family Storytime I found
an old book of Scottish fairytales. As soon as I read Rashiecoats I
knew that children would love it. It's seems particularly relevant
to perform it at the anniversary of a Jacobite battle as Princess
Heather is a fearless character who knows exactly what she wants
from life. "
Throughout June, July and August, Family Storytime will be
touring Scotland with Rashiecoats at Killearn Village Hall,
Stirlingshire; Eastwood Theatre, Arc Resource Centre, Barrhead;
Glasgow Green, as part of Commonwealth Family Zone; Aboyne Theatre,
Aberdeenshire, Woodend Barn, Banchory and Killiecrankie.
For more information about Rashiecoats go to www.scottishyouththeatre.org.
Over 45,000 tickets have gone on sale this week for the
multi-award winning sound and light show The Enchanted Forest which
returns this Autumn with its 13th event: elemental.
The Enchanted Forest Tickets went on sale at the weekend and,
already, organisers are predicting a sell-out show with demand
already up 24.5% on the same weekend last year.
Responding to burgeoning demand for The Enchanted
Forest that attracted a record breaking 40,000 visitors last
year, organisers have this year extended the event's capacity. In
particular they have added a popular twilight show option which was
trialled in 2013 in response to the unprecedented level of demand
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest commented:
"The twilight show is an excellent way to see the forest in a
completely different light, arriving just before nightfall, and
wandering around as the darkness sets in. Traditionally it has only
been seen by the team working on site, but last year we opened up
Twilight departure times to the general public and they were
The annual Perthshire Big Tree Country event was named Best
Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards in 2013, adding to a
raft of awards won over the last few years.
The 2014 show, elemental, sees the return of the
creative team that put together the successful 2013 show, with
lighting design by Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, sound design and
composition by RJ McConnell, and orchestral compositions by Jon
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest commented:
"Last year's very successful creative team are back and very
much brimming with ideas and plans to make this year's event better
than ever. The Enchanted Forest is always a challenge to reinvent
the canvas, using the natural environment as our ever changing
backdrop, 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. The theme is very much
based on the power of nature, and we hope to bring the natural
environment to life, showcasing the elements and giving visitors an
unforgettable 'back to nature experience' with a twist."
The Enchanted Forest will take place from Friday 3rd -
Sunday 26th October 2014 at Faskally Wood near
The Enchanted Forest Tickets are now on
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The recently opened Red
Brolly Inn at Ballinluig has revealed that it is championing local
Highland Perthshire produce with as much as 85% of all
ingredients for its range of breakfasts, lunches and
dinners to be locally and sustainably sourced.
"It was really important to us to source a number of
suppliers here in Highland Perthshire, " said Joseph Newbold, the
new manager of the Red Brolly Inn. "This area really is top class
as there is so much locally available within a short distance which
is of fantastic quality."
"For example we are using Tower Bakery bread in our
sandwiches and we have a delicious scotch beef pie on the menu
which contains Lia Fail ale from Inveralmond Brewery," he
"We are offering a menu which we believe will please
everyone with dishes such as every popular fish and chips, rib eye
steak, salmon with lemon tarragon hollandaise, seafood broth,
homemade beef burger and delicious desserts including crème brulee,
fruit cobbler and our own signature Red Brolly Strawberry
With the unsettled Scottish Summer weather continuing, Joe and
his team also said they were happy to give away red brollies to
"They are our now our trademark and we have gone through quite a
lot of them since opening," he said. "Residents at the Logierait
Lodges nearby, which is also operated by Fusion our parent company,
can easily walk here for a snack or a meal - it's a green way to
travel - and we are happy to provide them or any other guests on
foot with brollies in case there is a shower!"
The Red Brolly Inn, which offers a cosy eight bedroom
hotel; all day restaurant; coffee lounge and family friendly
bar, opened in mid May, creating fifteen new jobs.
Joe is pictured with some of his team and the increasingly
famous Red Brollies.
Further details at www.theredbrolly.co.uk or call 01796
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
"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
• Fonab Castle opened as a luxury castle hotel in July
• Fonab Castle's 'Sandman's on the Loch' fine dining
restaurant opened in February 2014 to receive 2 AA Rosettes
Highland Safaris open new Wildlife Attraction opens
in Perthshire Scotland's newest wildlife attraction, the new Red
Deer Centre at Highland Safaris was officially opened today by
John Swinney MSP.
Mr Swinney MSP described the venture as "a
wonderful boost to Perthshire's nature-tourism offering attracting
new visitors to the region".
In line with the Tourism Scotland 2020 Strategy, Highland
Safaris is quite literally turning 'assets into
experiences' by using Scotland's favourite wild species, the
iconic Red Deer, to add yet another reason to visit this
popular 5 Star Visitor Centre.
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:
"We know from the success of the Year of Natural Scotland that
our natural environment is one of the top reasons that people visit
Scotland. It is fantastic to see that in the year that Scotland
welcomes the world, Highland Safaris is making the most of
celebrating Scotland's stunning wildlife with this new attraction".
Directors Donald and Julie Riddell said "We
are delighted with the response to the Red Deer Centre as this was
a significant investment for us involving years of planning . The
Red Deer & Barn Owl Encounter offers visitors the opportunity
to touch, photograph and even feed these magnificent Animals and
fulfils a need for a value for money, memorable, all-weather
These new experiences, along with the Gold and Gem Panning
Centre (unique in Perthshire), the award-winning Café and shop,
Mountain Bike Trail Centre and indeed the original Land Rover
Safaris have enabled Highland Safaris to offer year-round
employment in what is often viewed as a seasonal destination.
For more information contact Highland Safaris on email@example.com
or tel. 01887 820071
Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier at Grandtully, Highland
Perthshire last night won the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink
Excellence Award for Food Service Product of the Year 2014 at the
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, in front of a record
audience of 700 guests.
Managing Director Janice
Kennedy, Commercial Director Julie Collier and Production Director
Iain Burnett collected the prestigious award.
Iain was deeply proud to win the award for a second time
especially in such talented company, alongside well established
producers. The judges commented "cannot wait to try them………
delivers with passion and enthusiasm!" and feedback from the
tasting session "really good quality chocolate made with care
and attention…….an excellent product……. clever and unconventional
flavours………Strawberry & Star Anise - beautifully matched, a
touch of genius."
Managing Director, Janice Kennedy was thrilled for the
whole team and commented "caps an excellent year for our
rapidly expanding business. We plan to retail the dusted Velvet
Truffles and create the same wow for the retail customer as chefs
have already appreciated."
The company's trophy cabinet now boasts:-
For more information, please contact: Julie Collier firstname.lastname@example.org,
telephone 01887 840775 or visit www.highlandchocolatier.com
The Enchanted Forest Has Sights Set on Tourism
The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and light event,
is set of go head to head with some of the country's best known
cultural events this Friday evening, for the title of Best Cultural
Event at this year's Scottish Thistle Awards in Stirling.
Already laying claim to the title of Best Cultural
Event at the Scottish Event Awards held in Glasgow in
September the event, which is run by the Highland Perthshire
Community Interest Company, is hoping for a repeat performance this
Friday as they face off Glasgow Film Festival, Bloody Scotland
Festival and Tiree Music Festival who have all been shortlisted as
national finalists in the category.
Record breaking visitor numbers of just over 40,000
visitors attended the event in 2013 and its positive
economic impact is cemented as the major driver of tourism to the
area in Autumn.
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest
"We are truly delighted to be representing Perthshire at the
national Scottish Thistle Awards. The Enchanted Forest continues to
grow and develop as an event and this year demonstrated a 30%
increase in visitor numbers, over 90% of whom cite the event as
their main reason for visiting the area.
"It's a major contributor to the local tourism economy,
which is a commendable position for any event that is run by a very
small number of volunteers. To be shortlisted for such a
prestigious award is, in itself, recognition of their hard work and
dedication to making The Enchanted Forest a success."
For more information visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk
Organisers of The
Enchanted Forest, a Perthshire Big Tree Country event and
Scotland's premier sound and light show, confirmed today
that ticket sales for their twelfth show have already surpassed
last year's record breaking box office figures and that they are
now on target to extend a warm Highland welcome to more than 35,000
visitors this year.
The event attracted a record breaking 30,500 visitors last year and
this year the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company that
organises the event have already extended capacity for the shows
twice, adding on an extra night and opening up a new twilight show
earlier in the evening, to accommodate the unprecedented
Organisers are now encouraging members of the public,
specifically those planning to attend in the final week of the
show, to buy their tickets now or they risk being
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted
Forest, commented: "The demand for tickets at box office this
year has been unprecedented. Sales are up almost 40% but we are
fast running out of available tickets so, to avoid disappointment,
we'd advise those last-minute purchasers not to delay and to book
their tickets now.
Last year we had a lot of people travel significant distances to
attend the event who had not purchased their tickets in advance,
and with many shows close to capacity and now selling very quickly
indeed, we're keen to ensure that everyone has a positive trip to
Pitlochry and that they get to see the show."
The event attracts visitors from all over the UK and,
indeed, the world and the positive economic benefit to the local
area this year is estimated to exceed £2million for the first time
in the show's history.
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.
The event runs from Friday 4th October - Sunday 27th
October. For further information about the Enchanted
Forest visit the Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk
Enchanted Forest Soars to Success with 12th
The 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
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.
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest 2013,
"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
"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,
"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."
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 Photographer 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 Enchanted Forest Named Best Cultural Event at
Scottish Event Awards
The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and
light event, has been named Best Cultural Event at this year's
Scottish Event Awards in Glasgow.
Beating off stiff competition from the
Wickerman Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival and the MG
Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, the event took the title at a
sparkling Gatsby style black tie event held in the Crowne Plaza on
It is the second time the
event has claimed this title at The Scottish Event Awards, and it's
their second Cultural win this year, having picked up the Regional
Thistle Award for Best Cultural Event in June.
Record breaking visitor numbers and its positive impact
on the local community in 2012 sealed the deal for the
judges, who recognised the ongoing success of the event as
a major driver of tourism at a national level, as well as
the event's international reach which saw TV crews attend
the event from Russia, France and press coverage across the globe
including Die Welt, National Geographic Traveller and other
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest commented:
"The Enchanted Forest continues to go from strength to
strength and we are truly thrilled to receive this award for a
second time. Every year we stretch the creative impact of the event
and it's rewarding to know that our efforts are
The 2013 show, absorb, opens to the public on
Friday 4th October and has been designed by Scottish
lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes and with music by RJ
McConnell, which includes a specially commissioned orchestral piece
in collaboration with composer Jon Beales.
Tickets for The Enchanted Forest 2013 are selling quickly. For
more information visit www.enchantedforest.org.uk