Monthly Archives: October 2011

European Eventing Championships Blair Castle 2015

European Eventing Championships 2015 @ Blair Castle

Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th September starts 9am each day.

DSCF4037.jpgThis is the first time it has been held in Scotland, since the European Eventing Championships began in 1953.  Sixteen nations compete at Blair in 2015. A real opportunity for us all to see and experience this top class event on our own door step!

It must be the biggest event to be hosted in Highland Perthshsire with thousands of tickets already sold on line, before the gates open. TV stations all over over Europe will be covering the event- fabulous publicity for the area and scotland.

The sport of eventing evolved from the requirements for a top class military charger - steadiness and elegance on parade, the ability to gallop across country in battle, and then to continue with duties after a strenuous day. These have been transformed in to the three phases of the sport - Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping. Despite being called 'three-day eventing, the modern sport takes place over four days, as the dressage phase takes two days to complete.

DSCF4222.jpg Shopping Village - Over 200 trade stands offer something for all tastes and budgets: bespoke jewellery, fine art, country and casual clothing, everything you could possibly want for horses or hounds, horseboxes, 4x4s… the list is endless. A large food hall has plenty to tempt the taste buds, including handmade chocolates, organic meat, fine wines, cheeses and more.

DSCF3916.jpg The Bruadar Country Fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and showcases all sorts of countryside pursuits. Displays in the Bruadar Country Fair Arena in recent years have encompassed everything from traditional countryside pastimes such as falconry and gundog training to the more modern activity of quad bike stunt riding!

Wednesday 9th September - Free of charge entry.

9.00 Shopping Village Shops Opens (not all stalls will be ready, but it is hoped many will be open), Banvie and Tilt Arena Kent and Masters Arena Eventing Final.

10.00 Tummel & Country Fair Arena Open Arena Eventing

15.00 Main Arena First Horse Inspection

DSCF4184.jpg19.20 Blair Castle Parade Ground FEI Welcoming Ceremony (open to all Free Of Charge) - a parade of competitors under their national flags with short opening address by dignitaries. (About an hour total program).

Thursday 10th September

9.00 Shopping Village Shops Open; Country Fair & Tummel Arena Highland Pony Show; Banvie & Tilt Arena Hunter Show

10.00 Main Arena FEI Test Rider

10.20 Main Arena FEI European Championship Dressage

Friday 11th September

9.00 Shopping Village Shops Opens; Country Fair & Tummel Arena NPS Scotland Show; Banvie & Tilt Arena British Show jumping

10.20 Main Arena FEI European Championship Dressage

DSCF4037.jpgSaturday 12th September

9.00 Shopping Village Shops Opens; Country Fair Arena Country Fair Demonstrations; Banvie & Tilt Arena British Show jumping; Tummel Arena Pony Club Mounted Games

11.00 Cross County Course FEI European Championship Cross Country

Sunday 13th September

9.00 Shopping Village Shops Open; Country Fair Arena Country Fair Demonstrations; Tummel Arena Showing Classes; Banvie & Tilt Arena British Show jumping.

9.15 Main Arena Second Horse Inspection

11.30 Main Arena FEI European Championship Show Jumping

15.35 Main Arena FEI Medal Ceremony & Closing Ceremony

DSCF3891.jpg European Eventing Champioship Admission prices for 12 years and over:- Wednesday Free of charge; Thursday/Friday: £15 (£12 if bought on line); Saturday: £25 (£22 if bought on line) ; Sunday: £20 (£17 if bought on line). Weekend pass Sat and Sun £35. For the whole event entry every day Season Pass is £58. Online bookings: http://www.blair2015.com then look for 'Box Office' in navigation bar N.B. Online Bookings close on Friday 4th September!!!!!!!!

European Eventing Champioship Car parking: 'Season' Car Pass (every day of the event): £14 - Weekend Car Pass (Sat and Sun): £8 - any one day's parking  Thursday to Sunday daily rate is £5 per car.DSCF4197.jpg

Gates open to the public at 8.30am daily, except on Saturday when they open at 7.30am. There is no specific closing time - it really depends when all the different competitions finish, but from around 5pm. The shopping village exhibitors will stay open as long as shoppers are around!

Can I bring my dog? - Yes, dogs are welcome at the European Eventing Champioships, but must be kept on a secure lead at all times. Water points are located at various points around the site. Poop scoop bags are available from the Information area by the Main Arena, and owners MUST clear up after their dogs. Dogs must NOT be left in cars!


Tree Top Performers at Enchanted Forest

 

Homecoming Funding Sees Forest First for Tree Top Performers
The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and light show, has today announced that, thanks to the generosity of a grant secured from EventScotland, tree top performances by aerial artists will play a key feature in this year's show, elemental, which opens on Friday 3rd October.
The funding, which has been granted under EventScotland's Beacon Events Programme, is there to support uniquely Scottish events, which generate tourism benefits, contribute significantly to the Scotland the Perfect Stage impact areas and act as examples of best practice.
The funding will be specifically used by event organisers to extend the appeal of The Enchanted Forest, a traditional son et lumiere show, by introducing aerial performance artists who will use the forest as their natural backdrop, and the trees as their stage.
Derek Allan, Producer of The Enchanted Forest said:
"We're delighted to receive funding from EventScotland to bring this unique, and very exciting addition to the show - pushing the boundaries of this very popular event even further than in previous years. Having such a mesmerising live performance element, combined with stunning lighting effects, is something which feels like the next natural step to take and the creative team are working hard to ensure our audience continue to be wowed."
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said:
"We are delighted to support The Enchanted Forest once again during the Year of Homecoming 2014. The Enchanted Forest is a stunning celebration of Scotland's artistic and natural assets and by adding this element of live performance to one of the country's most loved Autumn events will undoubtedly show that Scotland is the perfect stage for events."
The Enchanted Forest is organised by Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company under the Perthshire Big Tree Country brand. Founded in 2002 with just 3000 visitors attending in its first year, the event now attracts more than ten times that number of visitors with over 40,000 visiting the show last year. The 2014 show, elemental, has been designed by Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes and with music by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales.
Next month the event will also compete for the titles of Scotland's Best Cultural Event and Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards, firmly cementing the show's position as one of Scotland's top events.
For further information about The Enchanted Forest and to purchase tickets, visit The Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

Homecoming Funding Sees Forest First for Tree Top Performers

The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's premier sound and light show, has today announced that, thanks to the generosity of a grant secured from EventScotland, tree top performances by aerial artists will play a key feature in this year's show, elemental, which opens on Friday 3rd October.

orb-in-the-forest.jpgThe funding, which has been granted under EventScotland's Beacon Events Programme, is there to support uniquely Scottish events, which generate tourism benefits, contribute significantly to the Scotland the Perfect Stage impact areas and act as examples of best practice.

The funding will be specifically used by event organisers to extend the appeal of The Enchanted Forest, a traditional son et lumiere show, by introducing aerial performance artists who will use the forest as their natural backdrop, and the trees as their stage.

Derek Allan, Producer of The Enchanted Forest said:

"We're delighted to receive funding from EventScotland to bring this unique, and very exciting addition to the show - pushing the boundaries of this very popular event even further than in previous years. Having such a mesmerising live performance element, combined with stunning lighting effects, is something which feels like the next natural step to take and the creative team are working hard to ensure our audience continue to be wowed."

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said:

"We are delighted to support The Enchanted Forest once again during the Year of Homecoming 2014. The Enchanted Forest is a stunning celebration of Scotland's artistic and natural assets and by adding this element of live performance to one of the country's most loved Autumn events will undoubtedly show that Scotland is the perfect stage for events."enchanted-forest-trees.jpg

The Enchanted Forest is organised by Highland Perthshire Community Interest Company under the Perthshire Big Tree Country brand. Founded in 2002 with just 3000 visitors attending in its first year, the event now attracts more than ten times that number of visitors with over 40,000 visiting the show last year. The 2014 show, elemental, has been designed by Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes and with music by RJ McConnell and Jon Beales.

Next month the event will also compete for the titles of Scotland's Best Cultural Event and Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards, firmly cementing the show's position as one of Scotland's top events.

For further information about The Enchanted Forest and to purchase tickets, visit The Enchanted Forest website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk

 

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

Taymouth Marina Summer news

Taymouth Marina Watersports Summer news

Taymouth-rib-rideWith all the summer weather Taymouth Marina Watersports has been busy with visitors and tourists from all over the world coming to enjoy one of our many Loch Trips or hiring out one of our boats for an adventure on Loch Tay.

Situated next to the Scottish Crannog Centre we are in an ideal location on the Loch providing watersport activities to fill up an action packed day here on Loch Tay. Our newest watersports include our thrilling Rib Rides, a 15 minute or 1 hour Tour of Loch Tay with your qualified skipper filling you in on all the interesting and historical fun facts about the local area.

Taymouth Marina also run Paddle Board Trips, the newest watersport craze popular with celebrities, with a member of our qualified staff team who instructs you on how to paddle board before taking you out onto the Loch for your adventure.Taymouth-canoe-family.jpg

Taymouth Marina Sailing Trips, Canoe Trips, Paddle board Trips and our thrilling Rib Rides guided by a qualified member of staff, a fun filled and informative exploration of the Loch is guaranteed for all.

Taymouth Marina have a variety of boats available for hire including, canoes, katakanus, kayaks, pedalos, paddle boards, sailing dinghies and motorboats.

For watersport enthusiasts looking for lessons our staff can give private or small group tuition in Paddle Boarding, Sailing, Canoeing and Kayaking.

For more information on what Taymouth Marina can offer please visit our Facebook Page -  www.facebook.com/TaymouthMarinaWatersports

Soldiers Of Killiecrankie

Soldiers Of Killiecrankie is all set for 26th and 27th July.

The 325th anniversary of the Battle of Killiecrankie program has been finalised and the new Soldiers Of Killiecrankie event is ready to go on the Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July. Bonnie Dundee's Cavalry will be there, as well 17th century Government and Jacobite Troops, 17th Century bagpipers, battlefield tours and a number of other events running each day in the BIG Tent.

James Rattray Chairman of Soldiers of Killiecrankie said, "We have had excellent support for the whole event, from locals, businesses and from the re-enacting world. For instance Loudon's Regiment (Earl of Loudon's Regiment of Foote) are coming to the event with their cannon, there is even one re-enactor traveling from Somerset to take part."Killiecrankie community at the Calverhouse stone

He continued, "We have finalised the program and have some really special participants taking part, in addition to all the re-enactors, we have Tony Pollard of 'Two Men in a Trench' fame's colleague at Glasgow University Dr Jen Levotny who is giving a talk in the BIG tent 'Daubed with plaid and crammed with treason': artefacts of the Jacobite wars, and her friend and colleague Dr Natasha Ferguson (of Treasure Trove, National Museums Scotland) with some Jacobite-era battlefield artefacts. There is the Scottish Youth Theatre and their performance of Rashiecoats' for 3 to 7 year olds. I am sure the traditional Ceilidh on the Saturday night will be very special with costumed re-enactors adding to the occasion."

Events organised for the weekend include arena events with Bonnie Dundee's Cavalry, Government and Jacobite Troops, the Living History Camp will have a Master Barbour Surgeon leaches and all, a re-enactor making musket balls and other 17th century weapons, 17th century bag pipes, Battlefield Tours, Jacobite Story teller, Horse stunts, Punishment through the Ages, the Badenoch Tweed Waulking Group, Scottish Folk Music, food and drink stalls.

The event finishes on the Sunday with everyone gathered around the Battlefield memorial, where there will be a short commemoration and wreath laying, to remember all those, from both sides of the conflict that lost their lives 325 years ago.

Directions - The Soldiers of Killiecrankie will take place on Killiecrankie Battlefield, to get to the battlefield, situated just outside the village Killiecrankie, mid-way between Pitlochry and Blair Atholl. From Pitlochry, drive to Killiecrankie, pass through Killiecrankie village until you come out the other side, you will see the car park and event arena on the right. For further information www.SoldiersOfKilliecrankie.co.uk or contact: - James Rattray james@explorescotland.net or 01796 473335.

Photos. - Community of Killiecrankie with friends on the battlefield around the Claverhouse standing stone, holding the banners of the two protagonists James II and VI Royal Banner, William and Mary Royal Banner and Lion Rampant.

For further details, please contact: - 
James Rattray james@explorescotland.net or 01796 473335

Old Scots fairytale (2)

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.

Rashiecoats an Old Scots FairytaleFamily 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 ceilidh....

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 and crafts.

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.

Enchanted Forest 2014 Tickets On Sale

2014 Enchanted Forest Tickets Go On Sale

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.

Enchanted Forest PitlochryResponding 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 for tickets.

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 immensely popular."

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 Beales.

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 Pitlochry.

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

Responding to burgeoning demand for the event 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 for tickets.
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 immensely popular."
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 Beales.
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 Pitlochry.
Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For further information please visit www.EnchantedForest.org.uk

Red Brolly Launched

 

85% of all produce used is locally and sustainably sourced
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 said.
"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 Sundae."
With the unsettled Scottish Summer weather continuing, Joe and his team also said they were happy to give away red brollies to customers.
"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 510 300.

Red Brolly Inn, Ballinluig (South of Pitlochry)

The Red Brolly InnThe 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 said.

"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 Sundae."

With the unsettled Scottish Summer weather continuing, Joe and his team also said they were happy to give away red brollies to customers.

"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 510 300.

 

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

Highland Safaris New Wildlife Attraction Opens

Perthshire Scotland's newest wildlife attraction opened.

John-Swinney-with-Red-Deer.jpgHighland 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". Feeding red deer at Highland Safaris

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 activity".

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 info@highlandsafaris.net or tel. 01887 820071

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