Longer nights and spring flowers brighten the landscape with the promise of warmer days ahead.
Amongst the new life springing up in the Faskally Woods, around Loch Dunmore, one of the most popular walking spots in Pitlochry, a very new species has been spotted.
These woods have been the location for filming scenes in season 5 of the Outlander series. Although much of the series is set in Scotland and has been filmed around Loch Rannoch and Rannoch Moor, the Faskally Woods are being used to film scenes set in North America. Visitors and locals have been very surprised to stumble across a Native American Village by the shores of Loch Faskally while innocently walking their dogs.
Filming North American scenes in Perthshire is not as odd as it might sound - many of the oldest trees around Pitlochry are Native American trees brought back by the Plant Explorers celebrated in the Explorers garden, next to Pitlochry Theatre.
If you would like to meet a real life plant explorer Ken Cox, of Glendoick, led expeditions to South and South-East Tibet and Arunachal Pradesh, India for in search of new species of Rhododendron. Glendoick Gardens are open for visits in April and May and Ken will be giving talks about his new book around Perthshire over the next six months.
I was here for a three night stay and it was beautiful, it was really clean, it had beautiful features such as the fire and everything you needed was there for you to use. You were given clear instructions on how to use everything provided. The layout of the cabin was perfect and it was cosy for our stay. The lodges are situated in a beautiful area which we thoroughly enjoyed exploring, the owner was very welcoming and was friendly and helpful throughout our stay. I would definitely return to these lodges as we had an amazing weekend! Munchkin265 Trip Advisor review
"Honeymoon" My husband and I had the best honeymoon our only regret is we didn't book for longer. Lodge was gorgeous very warm and cosy the outlook was just lovely very peaceful. The ideal setting for a romantic break I know we will certainly be back :-) x Lorna