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.
We recently stayed at Kinnaird woodland lodges (love cabin). When we arrived the cabin was beautifully decorated with candles and rose petals etc! The view was absolutely amazing, it was so relaxing to sit in the hot tub and watch the sun go down. The perfect place to be if you are looking for a chilled out place to stay. Sadly our weekend away was cut short due to unfortunate circumstances but very kindly Jane and Andy have offered us another stay up at the lodges to make up for it. I can't stress how thankful we are to them and would definitely recommended anyone to visit Kinnaird woodland lodges as the overall stay and service is amazing. Lisa-Marie_Cameron Trip Advisor reviewer
“Perfect get away spot” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 10 June 2013 Just back from our second stay in Kinnaird - beautiful well equipped lodges - perfect for a weekend away from the noise! They offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape and are in a perfect location for a bit of sight seeing and hiking. Jane and Andy are very welcoming - perfect hosts Tripadvisor reviewer from Glasgow