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
"Sooo Peaceful" We have just returned from a 3 night stay at Kinnaird lodges, only one fault that it wasn't long enough. The lodges are well equipped with everything that you could possibly need for your stay. The views from the lodge are stunning, after a day out walking there was nothing better than relaxing in the hot tub. Thanks to Yvonne for the warm welcome that we received on our arrival and for showing us around. This was our first visit and hopefully not the last. Lorraine and Ronnie