Monthly Archives: October 2011

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

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

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