“The Enchanted Forest” in Pitlochry

Pitlochry is one of the best places in UK to enjoy autumn.  But this post is not about fall pictures.  I think you’ve all had enough of them through my previous Autumn posts.  Pitlochry, also known asthe “Big Tree Country” is a beautiful buzzing town in Scotland not just famous for its fall foliage and trees, but is also home for multitude of activities that attracts visitors every year.  Autumn is definitely the best time to visit Pitlochry, Perthshire which hosts a variety of festivals between September to November. One such masterpiece is The Enchanted Forest, Scotland’s award winning light and sound show in the magical Faskally Woods. 
We went for the Enchanted Forest event during October end but did not had sufficient time to process the videos and photos until last week.  So without much delay, here you go, and experience the magic that we had experienced in the woods. 

A bus was arranged to take all the visitors from the town centre of Pitlochry into the Faskally Woods which serviced every 15-20 minutes.  After a short 10 minute bus journey we stepped into the forest that was pitch dark. As we progressed into the woods, the place just turned into a magical land out of nowhere.  We saw colorful spot lights along the path, trees that were hugging multitude of laser lights dancing to the rhythm of music.  The lights often changed colors from Red to Blue to Green, Yellow, Purple, Pink, Orange.
This is the bridge that was stunningly decorated with fairy lights. There were 8 different shows happening inside the forest like Cadence, Sphere(2 of them), Lumina, Orb, Prism, Shimmer  and Trepidation.  
Apart from the light shows, there were interactive globe (touch and play kind), color changing orbs placed on the loch, Storytelling Yurt. If you fancy eating dinner in the forest amidst colors, you get mulled wine, hot dog, hot chocolate, beef burgers etc. 
We spent good 2 hours inside the forest experiencing the Enchanted Forest, it’s colors, lights and sound against the trees and reflections on the water which simply made our whole experience a truly magical one. 

Here’s a video of one of the main shows, and see for yourself how beautiful they are. 

Practical Information: 

1. Pitlochry is well connected by bus and train services from Edinburgh and Glasgow.  

2. The show runs only 3.5 weeks in Autumn mostly during October. Tickets can be purchased through Enchanted Forest website/phone or in person at any Visit Scotland Tourist Centre.

3. Pre-book your tickets well in advance (I tried booking mine 2 months before and got the date just before the end of the festival). 

4. October is usually rainy in Scotland, so be prepared. Wear Wellis boots since the forest area will be soggy. Carry a rain coat and/or sturdy umbrella.

5. The show might get cancelled due to bad weather. So keep check with Enchanted Forest operators if the show is running or not. 

6. The shows run usually after 5.30pm or 6.00pm, which means it will be dark.  So carry a tripod if you want to take a decent photography of the light show.

7. There will be limited car parking space, hence it’s best to take the coach from town centre (arranged for all visitors). 

22 Responses

  1. wow very interesting show. Loved the video at the end.

  2. The music & lights in the video was good, but they could have added some kind of story. Good to see a part of the show from here 🙂

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  3. WoW these photos are stunning, I loved the video too. What a unique and enchanting experience. Just beautiful !

  4. Looks like an interesting place!

  5. The pictures are marvelous!

  6. Amazing. As we are not likely to visit "the enchanted forest," enjoyed it vicariously. 🙂

  7. Thanks for the video and the practical information at the end, I really want to see this for myself someday. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Absolutely gorgeous set of pictures, Anu! This is magic, many thanks for bringing it closer to us!

  9. Beautiful!! Love it and the show in the video is so pretty, this is definitely something I want to see in person!

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