Pitlochry, The Enchanted Forest & Autumn Gold

Pitlochry, The Enchanted Forest & Autumn Gold

Experience glorious autumn colours and a show of light & sound against the dramatic backdrop of the forest

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Experience glorious autumn colours and a show of light & sound against the dramatic backdrop of the forest

Pitlochry 

Pitlochry is largely a Victorian town, whose success as a tourist resort was due to Queen Victoria visiting the area in 1842, and the arrival of the railway in 1863. It remains a popular tourist resort today and is surrounded by mountains such as Ben Vrackie The town has retained many stone-built Victorian buildings. The town has two whisky distilleries whose visitor centres are popular attractions: Edradour  which is billed as the smallest distillery in Scotland, and Blair Athol Distillery  which dates back to 1798. The town also has a pub with a microbrewery.

 

Queen's View, Loch Tummel

The Queen’s View in Highland Perthshire overlooks Loch Tummel and is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866. The Queen’s View Visitor Centre & cafe lies at the eastern edge of Loch Tummel and is surrounded by part of the Tay Forest Park. As well as a stunning viewpoint overlooking the loch and beyond to the iconic Schiehallion, the area offers a range of woodland walks suitable for all abilities.

One of the most photographed areas in Scotland, Queen Victoria is said to have remarked that the spectacular view was named after her, when she visited the area in 1866. However, it has also been suggested that the view was in fact named after King Robert the Bruce’s wife, Queen Isabella of Scotland, who used the spot as a resting place on her travels, over 550 years earlier.

 

The Famous Grouse

The Famous Grouse is a brand of blended Scotch whisky, first produced by Matthew Gloag & Son in 1896, the single malt whiskies used in The Famous Grouse blend include owned Highland Park and The Macallan. Its emblem is the Red Grouse, Scotland's national game bird. In 2007 a peated special version of The Famous Grouse called The Black Grouse developed for the Swedish market was released. The packaging displays a black grouse in place of the usual red grouse. The following year a special version, meant for chilling, was released called Snow Grouse. The packaging features a ptarmigan.

It has been the highest selling whisky in Scotland since 1980. The majority of its UK sales are during the Christmas period and the brand now sells over 2 million cases annually overseas. In 1984 The Famous Grouse was awarded the Royal Warrant.

 

Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle has been the home of the Lyon family since the 14th century, though the present building dates largely from the 17th century. Glamis was the childhood home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who married King George VI, and was later known as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Her second daughter, Princess Margaret Rose was born there in 1930, the first royal baby to be born in Scotland since the year 1600.

 

The Enchanted Forest - Scotland's Premier Sound & Light Event

Set amidst the stunning Autumn woodland of Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, The Enchanted Forest is Scotland’s premier sound and light event.

Current winner of Best Large Event and the Chairman's Award as well as three times winner of Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards and recently crowned winner of the Rural Tourism & Hospitality Award at the 2016 Scottish Rural Awards, you can be sure of a warm welcome at this woodland wonderland that dazzles and delights.

 

Scone Palace

Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned.

Scone breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. It is the family home of the Earls of Mansfield and the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings on the stone of Scone. See where the Stone of Scone, known as the Stone of Destiny, once stood. It now resides in Edinburgh Castle.

Admire the needlework skills of Mary Queen of Scots bedhangings that she worked on while in prison on Loch Leven. Discover the desk at which Frances' tragic young Queen, Marie Antionette, wrote her letters prior to the days when the guillotine beckoned. You can also see the State Rooms where Queen Victoria was entertained on her way to the Highlands in 1842, and the bedroom in which she slept. 

Scone Palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and peaceful woodland, perfect for a gentle stroll or even a picnic - all under the watchful eye of the ever curious peacocks, not to mention the unique 'tartan' maze of 2,000 beech trees half green, half copper, designed by the world-famous Adrian Fisher. The maze was planted in the shape of the heraldic Murray Star.

Day 1

A morning departure from Cumbria for the journey north to Moffat before continuing on to Stirling where we have some time at leisure for lunch. From Stirling we complete our drive to Pitlochry & our hotel the Fishers, dinner in the hotel.

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Day 2

Today’s tour takes us out into the glorious autumn countryside firstly to Queens View at the Head of Loch Tummel, before heading via Aberfeldy and Kenmore to Loch Tay with its purple clad hillsides and rustic autumn leaves. From here we continue along Loch Earn to Crieff, the spititual home of the Famous Grouse and Glenturret, where we have a guided tour of the distillery along with a dram or two before returning to Pitlochry for dinner.

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Day 3

This morning we head to Glamis Castle, reputedly the most beautiful in Scotland and famous as the childhood home of the late Queen Mother, we have time to explore the Castle with its legends and myths along with the gardens where the abundance of trees ensure a spectacle of Autumnal colour. We return to Pitlochry mid afternoon and an early dinner in the hotel before the highlight of the tour, we head to Faskally Wood on the outskirts of Pitlochry, where we have a visit to the award winning Enchanted Forest, using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world, with dazzling visuals and innovative design set against original music you can explore this stunning autumn woodland setting voted Scotland’s attraction of the year 2014. **Please note that this is an outdoor attraction and we recommend warm clothing and sturdy shoes/boots**.

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Day 4

A leisurely breakfast followed by the morning at leisure in Pitlochry before we visit Scone Palace, where Scottish kings Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were once crowned, Scone breathes history like nowhere else in Scotland. It is the family home of the Earls of Mansfield and see where the Stone of Scone, known as the Stone of Destiny, once stood. Final dinner in the Fishers hotel tonight.

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Day 5

We return home to Cumbria, stopping off en-route at the Perthshire visitor centre. We are due home early evening.

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B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Fishers Hotel

Centrally located in the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry in the Perthshire Highlands, a warm welcome awaits you at the Fishers Hotel, where you will enjoy first hand the traditional hospitality which has made Pitlochry a desirable destination for more than a century. Easily accessible from the A9, only 1 hour from Edinburgh and almost 90 mins from Glasgow. You will leave having experienced a homely stay in what many people view as the true heart of Pitlochry, set within the stunning Perthshire countryside, the true heart of Scotland. With shops on the hotel doorstep, the train station at the back of the hotel gardens, there is no easier place to stay in Pitlochry with access to fun filled activities, some of the finest Scotch whisky distilleries, and historic sites such as Glamis Castle and Scone Palace.

 

All rooms have Free WiFi

Ensuite bathrooms with baths and or showers

Tea and coffee making facilities

Flat screen televisions

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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