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.
This was our third stay at the lodges, as per our previous stays it was a very relaxing and comfortable stay. would recommend to anyone. K Dods, Oban
My husband and I stayed in the premium love cabin on the 18th-20th March. On arrival at the cabin we had a warm welcome by the housekeeper who showed us how to work the hot tub etc and was happy to answer our questions about the local area. We had processco chilling on ice and some delicious chocolates waiting for us, naturally we quickly got our swimwear on and enjoyed a glass in the hot tub while we stargazed. The log burner was wonderful and the super king sized bed very warm and comfortable. The lodge was a lovely size, cozy without being too small, nice sized living area, underfloor heating in the bath room was a lovely touch and the shower had good pressure, and with the complimentary shampoo etc everything had been thought of. Great location for going and taking in some of the beautiful local views, and a short drive or taxi ride into town for dinner. We absolutely loved our weekend here and can't wait to go back again for our first wedding anniversary! Heather W