We have heard about The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry for a while now but we haven’t been there yet because we always forgot about it every time it opens for a few weeks in October. Well, we managed to book the ticket for this year’s show way ahead so we won’t miss it again. Finally, we went there last Friday night. We’re actually a bit lucky with the date that we’ve chosen because that day turned out to be a dry and slightly warm. Hence, going for a day out or you should I say “a night out” in the forest with the kids was not too bad after all.
The Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry
We arrived in the town of Pitlochry an hour early, too excited I guess. There’s no vehicle access to The Enchanted Forest, so everyone is transported to the Faskally Wood where the event is by a shuttle bus which leaves from Fisher’s Hotel. Being there slightly early, we managed to have a wee wander around the town. We parked our car on the Pay and Display Parking just opposite Atholl Palace Hotel, which was free of charge from 6pm – 8am. As we walked around the streets, we found this Scoops Ice Cream & Coffee House where we had some cup of tea, fruit scone and carrot cake too for the kids before we started our adventure in the forest.
We went round in front of Fisher’s Hotel at exactly 7:20 which was 10 minutes before the scheduled check-in time shown in our tickets as per advised to join the queue for the shuttle bus transfer. I couldn’t believe how popular it is as there were loads of people there. Despite of the big crowd, it was plain sailing as everything seemed to be well-organized.
For this year, The Enchanted Forest runs from 1st October – 1st November which have been extended by 7 nights due to it’s public demand and increasing popularity. Upon stepping off the bus, there was a steward who welcomed us and had given us more information like where the Toilet and Food Stalls are situated. There was a well-lit official trail to follow to ensure safety and to protect the appearance of the forest too. There were also site stewards everywhere whom you can approach if you get lost and who made sure of a smooth flow of the trail.
While walking through the forest, our eyes and ears were stunned with the magical world around. There were different areas to explore and enjoy the various lighting and sound effects.
These were some of the few bits we loved:
We spent around an hour inside the forest, we could have done the second round again, however, as it was already late, we decided to call it a day. We rode again for the shuttle bus back to the town where we parked our car and then drove home.
It was rather late when we got home as it took us 2 hours drive, but the kids didn’t even fell asleep on the car as they enjoyed playing with the glow sticks that we bought. Overall, it was a nice family trip being out at night time for a change.
Have you been to an Enchanted Forest?
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