Take a step back in time this weekend as Blair
Castle commemorates the 1715 Jacobite Rising with a living
history demonstration of the events that took place at the historic
castle 300 years ago exactly this month. See and participate in the
demonstration charting when the Duke of Atholl refused to surrender
Blair Castle to a Jacobite army - which included two of his sons in
Visitors will have the
opportunity to explore the historic events of those tumultuous few
weeks, see the uniforms the army war at the time and have the
opportunity to see the weapons used up close.
People can enjoy the
demonstration for free with a castle entry ticket, so will
be able to experience the historic castle and spectacular grounds
and gardens as well. Demonstrations will take place this Saturday,
19th September at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
It was 300 years ago that
King James VIII attempted to regain the thrones of Great Britain
and Ireland for the exiled House of Stuart. Then, on
September 6th 1715 Mar raised the Jacobite
standard at Braemar and was joined by Lord Tullibardine and Lord
George Murray. Then, ten days later Mar's Jacobite forces were at
Moulin near Pitlochry when the Duke refuse to surrender Blair
The Duke's son, Lord
Charles Murray went on to fight with the Jacobites, but was
captured and sentenced to death by government forces. The
Duke intervened and was able to have his death sentence overturned.
By Christmas 1715, King James' following had subsided, the Jacobite
forces had disbanded at Braemar and Lord Tullibardine and Lord
George went into exile.
Blair Castle hope people will
enjoy experiencing the story through the living history
demonstration and be able to imagine what it was like living at
Blair Castle during the Jacobite Uprising of 1715. Andrew
Bruce-Wootton, General Manager at Blair Castle said:
"Blair Castle is a place
that is steeped in 700 years of history and it is no surprise that
the castle has very deep connections to the Jacobite Rising of
1715. The Duke of Atholl bravely refused to surrender the castle,
while his own sons were members of the Jacobite army. It is a
fascinating period in Scottish history and we are proud to be able
to share the castle's connections to the period.
"We hope people of all
ages will soak up our atmospheric living history demonstrations
which are set to capture the era in history, be informative and a
lot of fun too."
As well as the living history
demonstrations, visitors can enjoy the Castle's scenic grounds and
dine in the Castle's Tullibardine Restaurant, a member of the
VisitScotland's prestigious Taste Our Best quality assurance
Blair Castle are also
offering special annual passes for £12 that allow people
to visit the Castle and Grounds as often as they like for a full
calendar year, so visitors do not have to fit everything into a
For more information about
Blair Castle visit www.blair-castle.co.uk
Wednesday 9th to
Sunday 13th September starts 9am each day.
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.
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.
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
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
10.00 Tummel & Country Fair Arena Open
15.00 Main Arena First Horse Inspection
19.20 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
Friday 11th September
9.00 Shopping Village Shops
Opens; Country Fair & Tummel Arena NPS Scotland
Show; Banvie & Tilt Arena British Show
Saturday 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
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
15.35 Main Arena FEI Medal Ceremony &
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
then look for 'Box Office' in navigation bar
N.B. Online Bookings
close on Friday 4th
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
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
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!
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
Derek Allan, Producer of The Enchanted Forest
"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
"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
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
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
Over 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,
"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
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest
"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.
"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
"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
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
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
The Enchanted Forest takes place from Friday 3rd -
Sunday 26th October 2014 at Faskally Wood near
Tickets for the Charity Night on Thursday 2nd October
are available by visiting www.enchantedforest.org.uk/charity
With 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 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
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
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
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."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
or 01796 473335
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
sale to the general public. For further information please
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