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.
Superb location with out of this world views, excellent accommodation with welcoming hosts. This is the place to relax and forget your worries! Good local facilities within an easy walk and a local distillery what more could you ask ? Bleasey, on Trip Advisor
“Unpretentious cosy luxury in a beautiful Location” We visited in February, and cannot recommend more highly My partner and I are both keen walkers, and this is the perfect place for location and accommodation There are a multitude of walks of varying length and abilities straight from the door. The secluded private hot tub on the patio was perfect after our long walks to ease aching muscles and view the beautiful landscape The cabin was inviting and perfectly appointed from the under-floor heating in the bathroom to the cosy wood burning stove. Our evenings were spent either relaxing by the log burner grazing on food from the fantastic local Deli, or in the friendly pub just a 10 minute walk away Jo from Gloucestershire