The Enchanted Forest is an outdoor event that uses the background of the trees in Faskally Forest for an immersive light and sound show. The event is held annually in October. Buses run to the site from Pitlochry.
Review of The Enchanted Forest
Set in the beautiful Faskally Forest just north of Pitlochry, the Enchanted Forest is a spectacular outdoor event that uses the dramatic background of the autumnal woods as the stage for a light and sound show.
The event takes you on a walk through one of Forestry Commission Scotland’s nicest Highland woodlands where you’ll be dazzled by an array of dancing lights that play out across the trees with music and sounds accompanying the constantly changing scenes.
Faskally Forest is worth visiting at any time of the year and this picturesque section of Tay Forest Park offers exceptional walks on easy-access paths that run alongside Loch Dunmore.
On an autumn day with the sun reflecting the colours of the leaves onto the loch it has to be one of the most scenic locations in Scotland – but the colours go into overdrive when The Enchanted Forest event begins in October.
This multi-award winning event has been running for 17 years and it’s renowned for being one of Scotland’s most elaborate art shows, with elements of coloured lights, classical music, and water combining to produce a real feast for the senses.
It’s a brilliant family occasion too as it’s an event that anyone of any age can enjoy, from toddlers to pensioners.
If you’re looking for a unique experience that can be enjoyed by family members of all ages I think you’re going to love The Enchanted Forest.
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Things to do at The Enchanted Forest
You might think a walk through the woods with a few lights flashing about sounds a bit lame but you honestly can’t appreciate what a spectacle it is until you actually see it in person.
As you leave the tour bus that drops you at the edge of the woods you initially hear classical melodies played over a series of loudspeakers which adds to the drama of what you think might be around the corner. But it’s only on entering the woodland that you truly get a feel for the scale of the artwork.
Faskally Forest is centred around Loch Dunmore, and paths running around the loch let you watch light shows playing out across the water as well as surrounding you on all sides.
As you walk around the pathways you’re thrown into a world of timed lights and musical soundscapes projected against the forest, with each year showcasing a new theme so that no two visits are ever the same.
The Enchanted Forest has been designed for all age groups to enjoy and mums and dads will have a great time just as much as the wee ones. My recommendation is to take the time to walk around the site both clockwise and anti-clockwise as there’s so much going on you’ll likely miss something on your first route.
And for another top tip – try to book an early evening show as you’ll get the opportunity to see the spectacle both in the twilight and the dark of night, which are two totally different experiences.
The show has proved incredibly popular over the last 17 years with 2018 culminating in an incredible 80,000 visitors coming to enjoy the experience.
I guess that means people think the event is worth visiting – and I totally agree with them.
The organisers have included plenty of activities to keep children entertained with a storytelling yurt that tells tales of ancient folklore, wee gift kiosks that sell light-up toys and outdoor catering vans selling delicious hot chocolate.
There are beefburgers and hotdogs available in case the cold night air starts making you feel a little peckish, and at the end of the show you can take the bus back into town and warm up in the pubs and restaurants of Pitlochry. It really is a magical night out.
If you’d like to discover more Scottish forests read my Guide to the Best Forest Walks in Scotland.
- It’s a real spectacle of light and sound that’s quite unlike any other event in Scotland.
- The Enchanted Forest is very family-friendly and both adults and children will enjoy it.
- There’s loads to see during your visit and the on-site food stalls are very good. Just be prepared to have deep pockets for the little knick-knacks and kids toys that are sold on every corner.
- I recommend booking one of the twilight tickets so you can see Faskally Forest in both the light and dark.
- The on-site food and drink are a bit pricey so if you want to save money eat in Pitlochry before you depart. Some restaurants in Pitlochry are hit-and-miss though (no names mentioned but give the hotel restaurants a miss).
- Looking for other attractions in the area? Two recommended places to visit within ten miles are Blair Castle and The Birks of Aberfeldy.
Access for private vehicles is allowed for disabled visitors only. All other visitors must travel to the event on the bus shuttle service.
There’s no car parking available at the Enchanted Forest site, so it’s recommended to use the car parks in Pitlochry town. It’s also not possible to take a taxi to the site, with the exception of blue badge holders who will be given specific instructions upon booking.
However, note that your ticket includes transfer to and from the centre of Pitlochry to Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Forest by bus.
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Things to do near Faskally Forest
- Craigower. Pitlochry PH16 5LB. 30-minute drive. Scenic point in Tay Forest Park.
- Tay Forest Park. Pitlochry PH16. 20-minute drive. Large forest park featuring a collection of managed and off-road paths and walking/biking trails.
- Linn of Tummel. Pitlochry PH16 5NP. 8-minute drive. Nature reserve known for its tumbling waterfalls.
- Pitlochry Fish Ladder. Pitlochry PH16 5BF. 6-minute drive. Location on the River Tummel where Salmon can be seen swimming upstream.
- Blair Athol Distillery. Perth Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5LY. 5-minute drive. Whisky distillery featuring guided tours, tasting experiences, a café and a gift shop.
More places to visit in Central Scotland
- The Scottish Deer Centre – Fife: Complete Visitor GuideSet in 55 acres of lovely Fife countryside, The Scottish Deer Centre is an animal conservation park that looks after 14 species of deer from around the world as well as wolves, otters, wildcats, and birds of prey.
- Scone Palace – Perthshire: Complete Visitor GuideScone Palace is widely recognised as one of the top tourist attractions in central Scotland, not only because It’s a genuinely interesting place to visit but also because it’s absolutely steeped in history.
- The Crieff Hydro – Perthshire: Complete Visitor GuideThe Crieff Hydro is a popular resort in the Perthshire countryside that offers a range of health-based activities as well as large grounds for walking and relaxation. The hotel boasts over 200 bedrooms and over 50 self-catering properties, as well as restaurants, cafes and bars.
- The Kelpies – Stirlingshire: Complete Visitor GuideThese equine marvels are Scotland’s celebration of a bygone era of horse-drawn barges that kept the nation’s industry going for well over a hundred years, and although Clydesdale’s (the breed of horse) are no longer a sight on the canals you can at least enjoy the spectacle of the world’s biggest horse sculptures when you go to visit them at Helix Park.