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.
My husband and I stayed here for our wedding anniversary, what a wonderful little retreat. Firstly the owners were very accommodating as we would be arriving later than anticipated. The location of the lodge was superb, wonderful views in a quiet location yet very close to the town and local attractions. The lodge was very well equipped, everything that was needed was there, it was was very clean and kept to a high standard. The biggest bonus was the hot tub, it was not over looked and we had great views of the surrounding landscape, a great way to spend the late evening watching the sun sink behind the mountain. Iklefish on Trip Adviosor
Just returned from our second visit to Kinnaird Woodland Lodges. We were there last year in January 2013 when it snowed and it was just perfect.We were actually scared to book again in case it didn't quite live up to the experience! We booked last minute for 2 nights and I can honestly say it was just as enjoyable! The lodges are cosy and warm and well stocked with everything you could need, the log burner is lovely to come back in to after sitting in the hot tub! The little town of Pitlochry is really nice if you want to venture out for a meal or a walk about. We wanted a complete do nothing weekend which is what we had. We even sat and watched a firework display in the hot tub! Thank you Andy and Jane for another lovely stay. We will definitely be back! Alison and Rob - Elgin Room Tip: We had the fourth cabin up and I loved it! GoatsElgin Trip Advisor Review