The annual autumn Enchanted Forest comes to life this year as Oir an Uisge â€“ Gaelic for â€˜edge of the waterâ€™.
Inspired by its natural setting of Faskally Wood and Loch Dunmore, the dazzling visuals include spectacular water effects, state of the art lighting, exciting new artist installations, and Â a music score that combining contemporary with traditional. There are elements of Scottish folk music and instruments such as whistles, recorders and crumhorn, as well as orchestral strings, percussion and harp.
Spectacular in its own natural beauty, Faskally forest contains 25 recorded species of tree, of which only a handful are native: Scots Pine, Silver and Downy Birch, Ash, Oak, Rowan, Common Alder, Hazel, and Bird Cherry, and the oldest known tree is approximately 200-225 years old.Â Â Purchased by the Forestry Commission in 1953, it is divided in two by the old and new A9, it covers 365 hectares â€“ sixty-six of which cover the area of The Enchanted Forest. Faskally, itself, is derived from the Gaelic for â€˜stance by the ferryâ€™, probably relating to an old ferry crossing on the river Tummel.
Now in its 16th year, The Enchanted Forest has won numerous awards, most recent being winner of the Best Cultural Event at the UK Events Awards, and is three times winner of Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards.
Ian Sim, chairman of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, which operates the event, said: “It’s phenomenal to see how much The Enchanted Forest event has grown in its 16 years. It began as a three-night event with 1500 visitors. Today it’s one of Scotland’s, and the U.K.’s, must-see Autumn happenings.
“Thanks must go to the brilliant creative time and producers of the show, as well as our very talented operations team, all of whom make Faskally Wood come alive every October to be transformed into an enchanted forest.”
This year, for the first time, the show organisers ran a competition to find The Voice of the Enchanted Forest. Hundreds of children from all over Scotland auditioned with a prize of recording a health and safety announcement that is played to visitors as they are bused from Pitlochry to the forest for the event. The winner was Robbie Low, a 9-year-old from Broughty Ferry who attended a preview and helped open the show. The competition was launched in acknowledgement of Visit Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, which will celebrate the very best of Scotland and its young people.
Faskally forest attracts approximately 70,000 visitors a year, excluding those to the Enchanted Forest.
More information about The Enchanted Forest is available at www.enchantedforest.org.uk
Pictures courtesy of Angus Forbes Photography. Please note the third image is from the 2016 show.