Monday, 22 October 2012

Enchanted Forest

This weekend we went away in the caravan up to Pitlochry.  We were having an adventure weekend.  Here are some of the things we've been up to:
Faskally caravan park nestled in the hills beside the river tummel

  • we camped at Faskally Caravan Park - it's a bit more commercial than we really like, but most other caravan parks in this part of the world had already closed for winter.  As an added bonus the campsite does have a swimming pool on site, which was a lovely way to spend an hour on Sunday morning.

  • We went for a walk to the Falls of Bruar.  The woodlands in Perthshire are absolutely gorgeous at this time of year, and the walk up through the trees alongside the gorge was just incredible.
Polar Bear - Walker.jpg
  • We visited the Highland Wildlife Park, which is a branch of Edinburgh Zoo.  Here you'll find animals that don't mind the chill of a Highland winter - arctic foxes, polar bears, wolves, snowy owls, reindeer, snow monkeys, lynx, capercailie.  It was amazing.  My favourite was definitely the Polar Bears.  It was just mindblowing to be so close to one of the most dangerous animals in the world (to man!), and such a beautiful, playful, gentle looking bear.
    Photography by Liam Somerville
  • In the evening we headed back to Pitlochry for our Enchanted Forest expedition.  The Enchanted Forest is an amazing light and sound show which takes place every autumn in the woods around Pitlochry.  It has to be seen to be believed, but if you follow the link to their website, you get some video excerpts to give you an idea of what it's like.  C's favourite parts were: the bus ride (you have to get a bus from the centre of Pitlochry as carparking at the venue is not appropriate for the numbers); the "floating light shapes" and the "moon bit where the fairies were" - there were no visible fairies, but what else could have made such beautiful music and lights?
  • On Sunday, after our swim, we headed to look at the exclusive but very nice emporium at the House of Bruar, where we had lunch and a look around.

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