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.
"Wonderful relaxing few days" I booked a cabin at Kinnaird Woodland lodges for 3 days over the 2015 Christmas period, and it was everything that I had hoped for. The cabin itself was really clean and cosy. Whilst initially being smaller than I'd imagined, it was actually perfect for myself and my wife. We were greeted with a wonderfully warm welcome by Yvonne who showed us around the place and explained how to use the key features (hot tub and log fire) and then largely left us to it. The location of the cabins gives a really nice view over Pitlochry and the surrounding hills, and the layout of the cabins means that you never really notice any other guests apart from walking to and from the car. I also booked my wife into the spa that is onsite for a back massage, and having this so close, and then being able to jump straight into the hot tub certainly added to the relaxing feel. Tom Rated us 5 stars
We booked a lodge a day before arrival as a "MINI Honeymoon" after our Wedding on Saturday. I had been looking at local hotels which were averaging around £200 for 2 nights, I then came across these lodges and thought why not! For an extra £100 we had the privacy of our own lodge, with self catering facilities which we used both nights to make dinner, along with a wood burning stove, tv, dvd player and of course the main feature... the HOT TUB! We would definitely say this stay was more than worth what we paid, it was lovely, kitted out with everything we needed. Yvonne came in not long after we arrived to show us everything and give us some information about the area etc which was most useful. If you are looking for a lovely break away , go ahead and book this up ..... its definitely worth it! laurennessilicious on Trip Advisor