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.
"Great Place" Went as a couple for a romantic get away. We were very lucky with surprisingly good weather in Feb, and we the only lodge occupied for the 3 nights we spent there. Easy enough to find and clear instructions given via email beforehand - as get settled into the lodge and we'll pop in and show you some of the features. Yvonne came to show us about the fire and talk through the hot tub use. She was very nice and helpful with tips of walks and places to visit - and very approachable, though we had no further contact (as in totally unobtrusive!) The cabin itself was very nice - good central heating system, comfortable sitting area and nice bedroom. The outside hot tub was fantastic, even in cold weather we made great use of it. We took a few drives out to surrounding areas, and went on a few walks. And plenty to visit in the area. In the evenings we would walk down to the local pub 5-10 mins or Pitlochry itself 10-15 mins. All the places we went to were very nice and welcoming, plenty of open fires etc. The walk at night was no problem at all - partly along a quiet road, and there is a torch provided in the lodge which we found useful for warning the occasional passing car. All in all we had a great time - great lodge and hot tub, great location, and plenty of things to keep you occupied, or quiet peaceful space to relax in. Chris from Glasgow
“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