The Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted Forest is Scotland's largest autumn event. It is held annually throughout the month of October in Faskally Woods part of the Tay Forest Park. The trees and water around Loch Dunsmore, a beautiful small lochen, are set with lights, art and sounds. Visitors are taken to the forest by a shuttle of coaches, that depart from the centre of Pitlochry.
Each year the Enchanted Forest of lights sometimes referred to as the magic forest, attracts in the region of 80,000 people of all ages, to walk around this beautifully lit forest.
- Obtain your tickets as early as possible - the shows do sell out (weekends sell out first). If you can go during the week, you will get an even better deal.
- We suggest an early show time - this allows you to see the forest in twilight, as well as in full darkness.
- Beware of unscrupulous fraudsters - The Enchanted Forest organisers tell us: “We really cannot stress strongly enough that people should use the official channels for selling or buying any unwanted tickets. With every sell-out show there is a chance that scammers will target it and try to make money out of those who are not using the official channels. SEE Tickets has a fan-to-fan resale page for the sole purpose of enabling sales between individuals and the event clearly signposts it on our website once tickets for the event have sold out.”
- Allow yourself plenty of travelling time. Better still arrive early and stay the night.
- Car parking in Pitlochry - Please arrive well before your bus departure time. Car parks do fill up. There are no car park fees after 6pm. Be forewarned, parking wardens are often on patrol, they do issue parking tickets to those who do not park properly, whether outwith parking bays or on yellow lines.
The Pitlochry Dam Visitor car park often has capacity (it does require a short 5 to 10 mins walk in to Pitlochry). Have a look at the Pitlochry Town Map to see where the car parks are located.
Out top 5 tips for going around the Enchanted Forest:-
- Make sure you wear suitable out door clothing (for rain and cold), hat/woolly bonnet and out door footwear.
- Take a torch, in the very unlikely situation of the lights going out.
- Take your time, as you go round - remember there are a series of shows, all of different timings and sequences, that include music, lighting and often water or some other element too. Those who just walk round, miss so much. Make sure you get the most out of your visit.
- There are hot drinks and food available in the forest - so do take some cash with you.
- The coaches run a shuttle services back to Pitlochry. When you have seen the show go to the coach point to go back to town.
Make the most of your Enchanted Forest visit, by staying in Highland Perthshire which is packed full of things to do - take a break and enjoy other Pitlochry attractions and activities in the area too
The Enchanted Forest is brought to you by the Enchanted Forest Trust.
On YOU TUBE - Every year's Enchanted Forest is very different:-
- The 2013 Enchanted Forest on video.
- 2012 Enchanted Forest Show meet the people, listen some of the music and see the sights. (3 mins 46 secs)
- 'You Tube' clip of the 2009 Enchanted Forest Show(5mins 45 secs) - our advise is to approach each year's show with an open mind, do not anticipate it being the same as any other year - one thing is for sure, it is always very well put together.