Go Away! The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire

Feature by Paul Mitchell | 04 Aug 2011
  • Enchanted Forest

And it's not just those KaZantipians who believe in the power of the imagination, some folk in Perthshire do too it appears. They (the Highland Perthshire Community Interest Country – not as catchy as KaZantip, but hey) take a nice wooded area in picturesque Pitlochry, and tart it up with some mightily impressive light and sound effects. They call this The Enchanted Forest, and yes, that seems rather fair enough.

And so do lots of others. From humble beginnings in 2002, last year saw 20,000 visit the event, with more expected this year. The theme is 'Transitions', perhaps owing to the change of venue (from Faskally Wood to The Explorers Garden) and has been created by Scottish designers Simon Wilkinson and R. J. McConnell, who were at the helm for last year's event, which has recently been nominated for the titles of Scotland’s Best Cultural Event and Best Large Event at this year's prestigious Scottish Event Awards. 

Getting there: Pitlochry is easily accessible by train and bus from most regions of the UK and central Scotland. The main trunk road A9 runs through Pitlochry and takes 2hrs from Edinburgh or Glasgow.

Please wear warm, waterproof clothing with stout walking shoes or boots.

7-29 Oct, ticket prices vary and can be purchased here

http://www.EnchantedForest.org.uk