Monthly Archives: October 2011

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

Highland Chocolatier

Scotland's Most Awarded Chocolatier

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.

Highland Chocolatier AwardManaging 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:-

  •  Food service Product of the Year 2014
  • Product of the Year 2013, Best Food & Drink Destination, Confectionery & Snacking, not to mention 5 Gold Stars in Great Taste and International awards from The Academy of Chocolate.

For more information, please contact: Julie Collier clients@highlandchocolatier.com, telephone 01887 840775 or visit www.highlandchocolatier.com

Enchanted Forest Oscar

The Enchanted Forest Has Sights Set on Tourism Oscar

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.

enchanted-forest-tunnel.jpgAlready 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 commented:

"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

Enchanted Forest Pitlochry Surpasses Expectations

Enchanted Forest Surpasses All Box Office Expectations

orb-in-the-forest.jpgOrganisers 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 demand.

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 disappointed.

trees-in-forest.jpgDerek 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 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

Enchanted Forest Named Best Cultural Event

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 Thursday evening.

enchanted-forest-trees.jpgIt 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 international publications.

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 recognised."

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

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