Palace Transformation With A Difference Comes To Perthshire

13 December 2013

The magnificent setting of Scone Palace, already one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, will be transformed into a veritable ‘wonderland of light and sound’ for two evenings early next year, complete with cutting edge light and sound technology, creating stunning choreographed effects, moods and backdrops that will be a ‘must attend’ event for all the family.


‘Enlighten’, will see Scone Palace totally transformed with a spectacular evening celebration of its 900 year old built heritage and winter woodlands, allowing visitors to explore a stunning new illuminated trail as it winds its way through the magnificent iconic estate, interact with Scotland’s famous Pinetum and Talking Trees, lit to highlight the beauty of their fabulous structures. The event will herald the Year of Homecoming 2014 and will be part of Perth’s Winter Festival, a programme of events and festivals from November to February.

Organised by GM Events, supported by EventScotland, Perth and Kinross Council and Forestry Commission Scotland, ‘Enlighten’ will take place on the evenings of Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February between 5 pm and 9.30 pm and Paul Bush, OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for events, with ‘Enlighten’ set to transform the stunning Scone Palace into an illuminated wonderland. The Palace is one of Scotland’s best loved attractions, and with exciting visuals and interactive elements, ‘Enlighten’ will give visitors the chance to see it in a new unique light.”

Forestry Commission Scotland Local Development Officer Mike Strachan said 'Scone Palace pinetum provides a perfect platform for this event.  Not only is it one of the premier National Tree Collection sites but it is home to some of Scotland's finest individual trees including one of the very first Douglas Firs brought to Scotland by Scone born plant collector, David Douglas. Even if you are familiar with the site, you are bound to see and hear something new.”

Councillor John Kellas, Convener of Enterprise and Infrastructure for Perth and Kinross Council, also backed the initiative.

“This is exactly the type of event that we are looking to encourage as its raises awareness of Perthshire as a premier, year round destination and recognises its outstanding attractions"

“The event, which will use the backdrop of Scone Palace, will hopefully become a regular event on the calendar and fits well with our aspirations in seeking to increase tourism visits outside the current peak seasons and being a year round destination for events and festivals.” 

‘Enlighten’ will be open on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th February  from 5pm until 9.30 pm with tickets costing £12 for adults, £9 concessions and £6 for children between 5 and 15 (all plus booking fee) and free for Under 5’s. Tickets, which include entrance to Scone Palace, must be purchased in advance and are available from Scone Palace – 01738 552300 email or

Free car parking is available at Scone Palace and will be open from 4.15 pm to ticket holders. Scone Palace and ‘Enlighten’ will open at 5 pm.