So you're thinking about coming to Pitlochry for the Enchanted Forest. I thought I would share with you my 10 top tips for a 'tip top' Enchanted Forest visit.
Top Tip Number One
Make sure you have a ticket! Believe me when I say, there is no point in coming to Pitlochry if you don't have a ticket. The tickets are virtually sold out. You might be luck to get a ticket for 9.15pm on a Monday or Tuesday, but there are no Prime tickets left at all. Oh and make sure you are travelling to Pitlochry on the right day.... I am serious - we have had customers in the tearoom who are a WEEK early!
Top Tip Number Two
Leave plenty of time for your journey. There are always roadworks happening somewhere. And at the moment with the dualling of the A9, roadworks are sprouting up everywhere. The roads on the way to Pitlochry both from the north and from the south are not exempt during EF. So ensure you leave plenty of time for your journey. A comfortable time from Glasgow or Edinburgh with no holdups at all is around 1 and three quater hours. Then factor in some hold ups. Then factor in a toilet stop. Then factor in getting stuck behind a slow tractor on the A9. Leave plenty of time for your journey.
Top Tip Number Three
Get parked up early. Pitlochry gets really full on Enchanted Forest nights and parking at a premium so the earlier you arrive the more choice you have of the best parking for your needs. And please just don't park anywhere. The Traffic wardens will be about, yes even in the evening during Enchanted Forest. So don't spoil your Enchanted Forest visit with a parking ticket. If you ignore this top tip you may get a bout of DOJS - this happens when time is tight and the man gallantly drops the good lady and/or kids near the departure point and off he goes to park... only to find the nearest parking is half a mile away and he has a sudden onset of Dropper Offer Jogging Syndrome.... very very prevalent during EF!
Top Tip Number Three A (messed up the numbering! 😊)
If you are planning to eat before you go to the forest in Pitlochry, the town is really busy, so if you have a favorite place in Pitlochry make sure you book ahead because you don't want to be disappointed. No one wants to be settling for their second choice. So book ahead for your choice of restaurant. And if you fancy having Afternoon Tea with us at Hettie's, great idea to book ahead.
Top Tip Number Four
If you're staying an Pitlochry. Make sure that you arrive in good time, even if you can get into your accommodation. There's still lots to do in the area. And one really lovely thing to do is go out to the forest - you can see it in the daylight - they close the forest about 4pm so you could have a wee trot round before that. We have a lovely new pottery painting workshop on the main street, fun for adultas and great for kids! There is lots to see and do over the October holidays and during the Enchanted Forest. So make sure you arrive early and make a real break of it.
Top Tip Number Five
When you are going to Enchanted Forest make sure you leave plenty of time from when you arrive in town to getting to the Enchanted Forest departure point. There is normally quite a long (but fast moving) queue. And be warned, if you miss your departure slot you may not get on the next bus because the event is full so the next bus is also full. All the buses leave from outside Fishers Hotel and you can't miss the big structure outside Fishers Hotel where you queue. The stewards there make sure you get to the departure point in plenty of time before your departure.
Top Tip Number Five A (and again 😊)
Look ahead at the weather, please don't turn up in stiletto heels and mini skirts to go to the forest. It's a forest. It's October. It can get really cold. So make sure that your all togged up for that wintry weather and also for rain. You might think it's going to be rubbish in the rain and that it is not going to be a nice experience but I absolutely adore the Enchanted Forest in the rain. Make sure the kids are all nice and waterproof - there may be the odd puddle to jump into! The advice I'd give to you is look up when it's raining. Because as the raindrops fall the light catches them and it's absolutely magical.
Top Tip Number Six
If you arrive in good time and you've got any questions or queries about departure. There are stewards at the departure point, usually about four of them at the departure point who'll be happy to ask you answer your questions, but the beauty is, these are all locals and so you can ask questiosn, not just on the Forest, but on Pitlochry as a whole and the surrounding area.
Top Tip Number Seven
Hang on to your kids!!! Pitlochry is so busy during the Enchanted Forest evenings just keep a good hold of your kids. Coaches are leaving every 5 mins from from Fishers Hotel, there over 2000 people in town every night, so keep a really good eye on the little (and not so little) ones. But in the event you do become separated it is a good idea to ensure your little one has your mobile number on them so you cna be contaced - I used to write my number on Hettie's arm!
Top Tip Number Seven A (oh dear 😊)
Listen to the announcements on the bus. Be sure you tune into the annoucements on the coach as well as health and safety they will give you tips to enjoy your visit When you get to the forest which is about a 5 minute coach ride my toppiest topt tip is, TAKE YOUR TIME ... the Enchanted Forest is best enjoyed sloooowly. Please, please don't rush around, the paths may be busy, take it slow, the actual circular walk around Faskally is only about 1km, and in order to miss nothing you need to be looking up, down, left, right, forward and back ... that way you will drink in the complete magic that is EF. It is a great diea to go round more than once - and there is no limit to how many times you go round. Your return bus is not at a set time, so you can get any bus back into Pitlochry. So enjoy your visit to the forest to the full!
Top Tip number Eight
Save some pennies for the forest There are fantastic, nice quality branded item to buy to remind you of your visit to the forest. I am still washing and tumble drying Hettie's hoodie that we bought 2 years ago. There's also places that have hot chocolate, coffee, tea and mulled wine as well as something to eat. So maybe go round once, stop for a snack and a drink and go round again?.
Top Tip Number Nine
There are loos in the forest and plenty of them. They are cleaned every day. It's not like T in the park so don't worry if you haven't managed to catch a loo before you board the coach. What's the tip here? Relax, there are loos!
Top Tip Number Ten
Have fun – relax - enjoy yourself. It's a great night. Yes, you need to allow good time on your arrival so you can get parked up and are not rushing, take time to look at the business windows around the town.... most will be decorated for Halloween. There will be busy pavements, queues, some waiting around and it might be cold - but plan ahead to cope with all this and you will have a very special night indeed!
Top Tip Number Eleven – not really a tip – more like a couple brilliant OFFERS!