Highland Safaris 25 year Stag Celebrations

 

HIGHLAND SAFARIS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS WITH CREATIVE TIE UP WITH LOCAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE, THE WORKSHOP ABERFELDY
- Social enterprise initiative creates impressive three metre high stag installation now on show at Highland Safaris -
To celebrate twenty five years of successful operation from its base in the village of Dull, Highland Safaris has unveiled a three metre high steel installation of a Red Deer Stag, based on its distinctive logo.
Having commissioned social enterprise initiative, The Workshop Aberfeldy, to produce the special stag, Highland Safaris invited Bailey Pearce, one of a number of local youngsters currently being trained and mentored by The Workshop, to perform the unveiling in front of a group of specially invited guests.
Bailey, who is from Aberfeldy, was joined by representatives from bodies such as Visit Scotland, along with local accommodation partners and suppliers, as well as John Swinney MSP for Perthshire North. Highland Safaris took the opportunity to reflect on the past quarter century which has seen it grow its business from one Land Rover talking small groups up into the hills, to its present level as one of Scotland's premier five star rated visitor attractions, enabling visitors from home and abroad to successfully engage with Scotland's wildlife, history and heritage.
Highland Safaris successfully covers both consumer and corporate markets, with a diverse and authentic range of products, including Land Rover, walking and cycle Safaris, Basecamp events for team building, the Red Deer Centre, Gold Panning and its popular Bike Trax mountain bike skills loop.
Recently Highland Safaris diversified from land onto the water with the launch, in April of this year, of Loch Tay Safaris, a 90 minute guided Loch Safari around the mystical waters of Loch Tay, Perthshire's largest loch.
Said Donald Riddell, who with wife Julie founded Highland Safaris in 1992: "The stag looks fantastic, we are absolutely delighted with it, and our thanks go to Bailey for performing the honours, along with all his colleagues from The Workshop Aberfeldy. They handled our commission with enormous commitment and attention to detail. Thanks also to JGB Steelcraft of Hillington, Glasgow who carried out the cutting and fabrication of the steel, and to everyone who came along to the unveiling."
"The Workshop is an amazing local initiative, and a registered charity, which is really changing lives and enabling many more young people to stay in the area and find gainful employment," said Julie Riddell.
Donald finished by saying; "A proud stag features on our logo which has served us well for the past twenty five years. Symbolically, it represents resilience and strength which can be said to sum up the Scottish spirit our visitors so admire."
Commenting on the Red Deer Stag commission, Paul Parmenter, Manager of The Workshop Aberfeldy, said: "People of all ages come to us to learn wood working, metal working and laser cutting, in addition to business management, although we particularly focus on helping young people who face barriers to employment."
"Since we opened in 2014, we have been brilliantly supported by the local community, working with businesses such as Highland Safaris to create a huge range of products that have taught valuable skills to our trainees. We were delighted to be commissioned to design the new Highland Safaris stag that will now take pride of place attracting people to their business and will be seen by thousands of visitors to the area over the next few years. It has proved a really interesting challenge, and we are very proud of what has been created," added Paul.
Paul finished by saying: "Bailey Pearce is a fitting youngster to be involved in this day of celebration for Highland Safaris as he was involved in making the prototype models for the final design of the stag, using laser cutting. He is now very skilled in this technique, and, having struggled with mainstream education, has now gone from strength to strength."
Jim Clarkson, Visit Scotland Regional Partnerships Director added his congratulations to Highland Safaris, stating: "Our scenery and landscape is one of the top reasons that people visit Scotland.  Over the past 25 years, Highland Safaris has played a significant role in bringing visitors closer to Perthshire's natural environment. It is incredibly fitting then, that they are marking this milestone anniversary with an impressive stag installation - a lasting legacy of this achievement and a nod to one of the country's most celebrated species."
"Highland Safaris, one of the region's 5-star attractions and a member of our VisitScotland Information Partner (VIP) programme, is a vital part of the region's nature-based tourism offering and has undoubtedly helped attract more visitors to this stunning part of Highland Perthshire," he added.
Further details at www.highlandsafaris.net
www.theworkshopaberfeldy.org.

HIGHLAND SAFARIS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS IN BUSINESS WITH CREATIVE TIE UP WITH LOCAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INITIATIVE, THE WORKSHOP ABERFELDY

Highland-Safaris-Stag LaunchTo celebrate twenty five years of successful operation from its base in the village of Dull, Highland Safaris has unveiled a three metre high steel installation of a Red Deer Stag, based on its distinctive logo.

Having commissioned social enterprise initiative, The Workshop Aberfeldy, to produce the special stag, Highland Safaris invited Bailey Pearce, one of a number of local youngsters currently being trained and mentored by The Workshop, to perform the unveiling in front of a group of specially invited guests.

Bailey, who is from Aberfeldy, was joined by representatives from bodies such as Visit Scotland, along with local accommodation partners and suppliers, as well as John Swinney MSP for Perthshire North. Highland Safaris took the opportunity to reflect on the past quarter century which has seen it grow its business from one Land Rover talking small groups up into the hills, to its present level as one of Scotland's premier five star rated visitor attractions, enabling visitors from home and abroad to successfully engage with Scotland's wildlife, history and heritage.

Highland Safaris successfully covers both consumer and corporate markets, with a diverse and authentic range of products, including Land Rover, walking and cycle Safaris, Basecamp events for team building, the Red Deer Centre, Gold Panning and its popular Bike Trax mountain bike skills loop.

Recently Highland Safaris diversified from land onto the water with the launch, in April of this year, of Loch Tay Safaris, a 90 minute guided Loch Safari around the mystical waters of Loch Tay, Perthshire's largest loch.

Said Donald Riddell, who with wife Julie founded Highland Safaris in 1992: "The stag looks fantastic, we are absolutely delighted with it, and our thanks go to Bailey for performing the honours, along with all his colleagues from The Workshop Aberfeldy. They handled our commission with enormous commitment and attention to detail. Thanks also to JGB Steelcraft of Hillington, Glasgow who carried out the cutting and fabrication of the steel, and to everyone who came along to the unveiling."

"The Workshop is an amazing local initiative, and a registered charity, which is really changing lives and enabling many more young people to stay in the area and find gainful employment," said Julie Riddell.

Donald and Julie owners of Highland-SafarisDonald finished by saying; "A proud stag features on our logo which has served us well for the past twenty five years. Symbolically, it represents resilience and strength which can be said to sum up the Scottish spirit our visitors so admire."

Commenting on the Red Deer Stag commission, Paul Parmenter, Manager of The Workshop Aberfeldy, said: "People of all ages come to us to learn wood working, metal working and laser cutting, in addition to business management, although we particularly focus on helping young people who face barriers to employment."

"Since we opened in 2014, we have been brilliantly supported by the local community, working with businesses such as Highland Safaris to create a huge range of products that have taught valuable skills to our trainees. We were delighted to be commissioned to design the new Highland Safaris stag that will now take pride of place attracting people to their business and will be seen by thousands of visitors to the area over the next few years. It has proved a really interesting challenge, and we are very proud of what has been created," added Paul.

Paul finished by saying: "Bailey Pearce is a fitting youngster to be involved in this day of celebration for Highland Safaris as he was involved in making the prototype models for the final design of the stag, using laser cutting. He is now very skilled in this technique, and, having struggled with mainstream education, has now gone from strength to strength."

Jim Clarkson, Visit Scotland Regional Partnerships Director added his congratulations to Highland Safaris, stating: "Our scenery and landscape is one of the top reasons that people visit Scotland.  Over the past 25 years, Highland Safaris has played a significant role in bringing visitors closer to Perthshire's natural environment. It is incredibly fitting then, that they are marking this milestone anniversary with an impressive stag installation - a lasting legacy of this achievement and a nod to one of the country's most celebrated species."

"Highland Safaris, one of the region's 5-star attractions and a member of our VisitScotland Information Partner (VIP) programme, is a vital part of the region's nature-based tourism offering and has undoubtedly helped attract more visitors to this stunning part of Highland Perthshire," he added.

Further more information on Highland Safaris www.highlandsafaris.net and more information on the social enterprise initiative, The Workshop Aberfeldy www.theworkshopaberfeldy.org.

 

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