Saturday, 13 October 2012
The Enchanted Forest 2012
I've blogged about it previously , and we visited The Enchanted Forest again earlier this week with our daughter and two of our grandchildren. This year the theme is "Flow", based around the elements. Symbols and names for trees in runes, symbols and ancient scripts are at various places around the Faskally Wood.
Met by "Druids", we were taken as a group to the start of the path around the lochan, then visitors can move at their own pace, and are welcome to walk around as many times as they like. The audio and visual effects are once again of very high quality
And in some places absolutely stunning. On the evening we visited it was raining quite heavily and misty, which if anything added to the effects. Wellies and waterproofs enabled even two and three year olds to walk around the whole site and still want more.
Children of all ages were fascinated by the flow of brightly lit water from the top of the bridge over the lochan - it took some time before most could be persuaded to move on!
This unusual display was placed in trees above and around the path, creating a 3D space as the path twists down a short incline. This year there was also a storyteller in a Yurt along the route (with a magical Unicorn to point the way)
For 2011 the event moved to another site in Pitlochry, but is back "home" at Faskally this year - the tenth event. In truth, this site would be very hard to surpass - the combination of water, woods and a route of just the right length combine to superb effect. It's a real community effort and supported by government bodies such as Forest Enterprise and Creative Scotland as well as the town of Pitlochry.
Once again we thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and as ever it was especially magical to experience it through the eyes of little ones. Whether or not you have children with you, the Enchanted Forest is a great evening out in Scotland's elements.