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Trail of Tales at Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle invites visitors to “step into a fairy tale” this winter with brand new light show
Glamis Castle, one of Scotland’s most historic visitor attractions, has invited visitors to “step into a fairy tale” as they launch a brand-new light show in the Castle’s gardens next month. A Trail of Tales at Glamis Castle will see the sprawling gardens illuminated in shimmering light installations which visitors will explore while discovering classic childhood stories on the way.
A family friendly event, the inaugural show will run from October 29th-November 7th from 4pm-8.15pm each night offering visitors another opportunity to experience the castle’s spectacular grounds and gardens, but this time under moonlight.

Beginning the light show route close to the Castle and moving towards the Walled Garden, visitors will discover an array of magical installations amongst the trees including a Troll Bridge, a Peter Pan themed performance and illuminated greenhouses inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk.


Committed to working with local businesses, Glamis Castle are collaborating with Dundee-based lighting company AML who are producing the light show and Strathmore Event Services based in Meigle who are well versed in delivering large-scale events. Also, an array of local acting talent, many whom have worked with Glamis Castle before, will be on the Trail recreating famous scenes from fairy tales.
The team at Glamis Castle are excited to be offering a new event that will give families an outdoor experience to look forward to in the winter months. Helen Buchanan, General Manager at Glamis Castle, said:
“It has been wonderful welcoming visitors back to Glamis Castle this summer and we are delighted to be able to invite people to step into a fairy tale with A Trail of Tails at Glamis Castle. Our gardens are remarkable in the daylight, so a light show at night combined with whimsical story telling is set to be a truly magical and atmospheric experience for all ages. Working with local businesses is very important to us, so we are thrilled to have been able to partner with AML and Strathmore Event Services to bring this idea to life.”
While walking the trail, there will a number of refreshment stations for visitors to warm up with a hot drink or a snack. The Hub Café and Castle Kitchen Restaurant will also be open and serving their seasonal menus during the event.
Tickets are expected to sell fast! To book, visit Car parking is included in the price of tickets.
Please note, all castle visits must be pre-booked to allow Glamis to monitor visitor numbers while Covid-19 safety measures are in place. ‘Friends of Glamis’ annual passes for the 2021 season are now available. These special passes offer unlimited access and exclusive discounts to regular pass holders. For more information visit
To find out more about Glamis Castle and for the full event calendar visit

Friends of Glamis annual pass

A Friends of Glamis annual pass gives unlimited access to Glamis Castle, gardens and grounds throughout the year. The cost is £75 for a family pass (2 adults, max 3 children/seniors) and £45 for an individual pass. This is valid for the entirety of the open season. An annual pass also includes:
  • Discounted rates for friends or relatives who are non-members when accompanied by a Friends of Glamis member.
  • 10% discount off their bill at Glamis Castle Kitchen and off all purchases in the gift shop.
  • A complimentary homemade scone on each visit to Glamis Castle kitchen when ordering a tea or coffee.
  • Hear about special events first, directly via email.

About Glamis Castle

Situated in heart of Angus, Glamis Castle has been the ancestral seat to the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. This historic site was the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and was the childhood home or HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Her younger daughter, HRH Princess Margaret, was born at Glamis Castle.
Renowned for its rich history and famous visitors, from Mary, Queen of Scots to James V, Glamis offers guided tours where visitors can explore the many fascinating stories from the castle’s 1000 year history.
The castle also boasts a Castle Kitchen serving a freshly prepared Table d’hote lunch menu and uniquely themed afternoon teas using the very best local sourced seasonal produce and ingredients.
The grounds and gardens bring visitors close to nature with an array of outdoor walks and sights including The Italian Garden, designed by the Queen Mother’s mother, Countess Cecilia. The grounds also boast a Nature Trail, Walled Garden and the atmospheric Macbeth Trail at Glamis which features Oak, Douglas Fir and Noble Fir sculpted figures depicting key scenes from the play.