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Glamis Castle: the new site for visitor attractions

Glamis Castle amazed visitors with the astonishing visitor attraction Trail of Lights and continues to excite visitors with a future Christmas Market.

As we finish the last of the Halloween sweets and begin preparations for Christmas, Glamis Castle celebrates its magical trail which was a hit attraction with over 7000 visitors who attended the stunning Trail of Lights which took place over 10 days.

A spectacular light show which launched Friday 29th October, combined beautiful light installations with children’s stories of trolls and witches for the ultimate Fairy Tale Halloween experience which bled into a relaxing, enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing event.

Visitors of all ages were able to explore the historic castle’s grounds and gardens under the mysterious moonlight to discover the vast array of atmospheric installations. A troll bridge was a favourite alongside illuminated greenhouses which were inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk. A Peter Pan themed performance danced through the lights and a witch was a spooky hit with everyone.

Visitors could scan the QR code which allowed them to access an interactive app which featured a map of the gardens and grounds of the castle where the event took place as well as interesting facts about the stories themselves or the characters they encountered along the Trail.

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive and organisers are delighted with the success and the responses received. Helen Buchanan, General Manager at Glamis Castle, said: “This ten-day event was magical as we were able to welcome so many visitors of all ages to experience A Trail of Tales at Glamis Castle. As is often the case in Scotland, the weather created a few challenges along the way, but we didn’t let it spoil the event and the feedback from visitors has been very positive. We are really keen to run A Trail of Tales again next year, so watch this space.”

Glamis Castle partnered with Strathmore Event Services who are outdoor event specialists based in Angus to organise the beautiful light show. AML Event Hire from Dundee were brought on board to help bring the show case to life along with Helen Stephenson from Leith who works with Art of Display in Leith who styled part of the trail.

Now the event organisers are turning towards the next big event which is the Christmas market running on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November. After the success of the Trail of Lights event, people are keen to return to start their Christmas shopping with beautifully crafted festive gifts. The market will have over 50 stall-holders in attendance offering creative items such as candle makers to locally made fruity wine. Other traders include WeeCook, Toll House Spirits and the wonderful CeeCee Boutique.

Glamis Castle is a favourite destination for tourists and locals alike with its rich history dating back to 1372 when the castle became the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Famous historical visitors to the castle include Mary, Queen of Scots and James V. The grounds and gardens surrounding the castle, where the Trail of Lights exhibition stood, has many other beautiful sights including the atmospheric Macbeth Trail, The Italian Garden and many others.

Glamis Castle has proven itself to be a visitor attraction like no other and promises a unique experience for everyone to visits the grounds or the attractions. Be sure to check out the Christmas Market in Glamis Castle the weekend of 27th November for a weekend filled with fun, creative gifts and all round festive joy just in time for Christmas.