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Snowdrops are looking beautiful at The Hermitage in todays sunshine.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Yes this month’s mystery photo was of a wood pigeon, there are over 10 million of them in the UK. We think they are rather beautiful and worth a second glance. At Killiecrankie they can be seen close up at the bird feeders in front of the Visitor Centre.Original linkOriginal author:...
Who’s looking at you in this month’s mystery photo?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
We are now over halfway through the voting period for European Tree of the Year, with only 11 days remain to register your vote! “Lady’s Tree” is still sitting in 9th place, with 1,860 votes. The early front-runners, Estonia and Hungary, continue to lead the competition by some distance. Here the voting as it currently stands…...
A pregnant cow was badly savaged in a ferocious dog attack at the Linn of Tummel earlier in the year, she suffered extensive facial injuries. But the good news is she has made a good recovery and given birth to a healthy bull calf. Please remember that dog owners have a...
Our bird feeders have been busy this week at Killiecrankie.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
There's been a fresh landslide on the Forestry Commission owned land adjacent to the tallest tree at the Black Linn pool at the Hermitage. This path has been closed for sometime because of the landslip risk and this slide is clearly visible across the pool.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
The view from Craigower looking towards Schiehallion is one of our favourites on our properties, this photo is a twist on that, it's been taken from the summit of Schiehallion looking back towards Craigower, the challenge is can you spot Craigower in the picture?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
After one week of voting in European Tree of the Year there are two early front-runners, Estonia (18,125 votes) and Hungary (14,634 votes). “Lady’s Tree” is currently sitting in 9th place, with 1,508 votes. Here’s the full leaderboard as it stands at the time of writing: Country No. of votes Estonia – Oak...
There was an incredible sunset at the weekend in North PerthshireOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
The remaining snow's melting quickly in the winter sun - here's the view south from Craigower, looking down over Pitlochry.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
These red squirrels were spotted at Linn of Tummel this morning, chasing each other up and down the trunk of the tree as part of their courtship display - spring is in the air :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
The recent freezing conditions have created some impressive icicles. These ones formed from water dripping off the Pass of Killiecrankie railway viaduct.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
So the time has arrived… Following our “treemendous” success at the end of 2014 with “Lady’s Tree” being “crowned” inaugural Scottish Tree of the the Year, voting has now opened for the even more prestigious title of European Tree of the Year 2015. The online vote which began on Sunday runs until the...
Some of Dunkeld's fallow deer have been sheltering and resting up on Stanley Hill, just behind our office, but it looks like the one on the right isn't allowed much rest!!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A beautiful weekend, sunshine and a light dusting of snow at Killiecrankie. But take care if you’re out for a walk because there’s still ice on many pathsOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Alexander Mackenzie 1st Liberal Prime Minister of Canada was born on the 28th January 1822 at Logierait, he spent his childhood living at Killiecrankie and Cathedral Street in DunkeldOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
What a difference a few days make, still some snow and ice around The Hermitage, but nothing like it was last week when the spray from the falls was freezing everything it touched. What will the next cold spell bring?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
You can see both Killiecrankie and The Hermitage on a special Burn’s night edition of the BBC’s Countryfile programme 6.30 this Sunday evening. This was presenter John Craven learning about Niel Gow's meeting with Robert Burns from local fiddler Pete Clark. To hear the story tune into to BBC1 and let...

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Some Craigower pictures in the snowOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
We have had our first charcoal burn of the year with the help of our Junior Rangers, it took a long time for the kiln to warm up but it did provide a good place to warm cold hands on a chilly day.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
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Tune in tonight to see a wintery NTS Mar Lodge and its wildlife :)Winterwatch at Mar Lodge Estatewww.nts.org.ukThe National Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty is a charity registered in Scotland, Charity Number SC 007410 and depends on support from members' subscriptions, donations and legacies. The...

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After several dramatic storms over the last week, we are relieved to say that there has been no serious damage to the Loch of the Lowes reserve or Visitor Centre. Instead of lashing rain and high winds, we are now being treated to blue sky and sunshine sparkling off snow and...
Spring is just around the corner! The snowdrops at the Hermitage are starting to emerge..........Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Here is the first mystery picture of 2015. Have you seen any of these this winter? What do you call them?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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The new season got under way today in conditions that were far from ideal - the river running high and strong gusty winds to contend with. A few members did venture out, however, and a numbers of others dropped by to follow the proceedings. Unfortunately that first springer remained elusive -...
Did you spot the Hermitage on last night's BBC1 The One Show? If not, check it out on iplayer http://bbc.in/1BvuUng, about 23 and half minutes in, and learn about the legend of Ossian!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
How's the weather with you? We've had quite a bit of snow here in the last couple of days. More snow showers at Killiecrankie this morning - but it looks amazing :) .....................Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Coming soon.............Cover photosOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Traffic volume on the system over the last couple of days has been huge. Thanks to everyone who booked permits we hope that our fishing will again live up to your expectations.Some customers were frustrated by "loosing" permits so here is what happens. Permits are selected from the calendars and put...

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Pitlochry Dam looking upstream. Pitlochry Bank is on the RHS of picturePitlochry Dam - salmon day permits (16 January to 15 October) No Sundays, 3 rods per day on each bank (Portnacraig and Pitlochry) rotate beats at 12:00 noon. Jan/Feb                                         £15     16/01 to 28/02 March                                           £25     1/03 to 14/03 March                                           £35    ...
The BBC was filming at both Killiecrankie and Dunkeld yesterday for a special Burn’s night edition of Countryfile. Here’s presenter John Craven with battlefield archaeologist Tony Pollard. Any idea what the Robert Burns link is?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
We may be finding it hard to get back to work after the festive season, but the rangers dogs are more than happy to be back out on the properties :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Looking for some inspiration to get out and about in 2015 to see what wildlife is on NTS properties? Visit the NTS Nature Channel to see more..... and you might spot some North Perthshire properties in the mix :)Visit the Trust Nature Channel to watch more amazing wildlife and stunning landscapes...

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Today, Loch of the Lowes is alternately shimmering in brilliant sunshine and then flattening beneath pounding sleet and hail stones. Rainbows and dramatic cloud effects are delighting the brave, warmly dressed people who are visiting the hides (the Visitor Centre is closed today) and from time to time snow showers attempt...

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Happy New Year :) All the best for 2015Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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It has been a glorious week-end at Loch of the Lowes! Clear blue skies, crisp white snow and frost sparkling to the top of every tree! A perfect Christmas Card scene. While Fallow Deer roamed the reserve, eyeing visitors with curiosity, children learned interesting facts about them by taking part in...
Such a glorious Boxing Day! This one minute video probably explains more than a thousand words why Highland Perthshire is such a great place to live or visit... panning from the right we see Bein a'Ghlo in the background (three munros in a day sized bite), the River Tay valley in...
Advent Calendar - Day 24. From all of the team, thank you for your support and we wish you a very Happy Christmas xOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar – Day 23. We hope you have enjoyed our advent calendar photos this year; hopefully we’ll soon get some snow like this at the Linn of Tummel.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar – Day 22. This wonderful view of the Pass of Killiecrankie was one of the most popular photos in last year’s calendar, so we thought we would let you enjoy it again.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 21. We couldn’t do an advent calendar without a robin. Struggling to think of what to buy someone for Christmas, why not get them a bird feeder?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
No apologies for another view over the Pass of Killiecrankie towards Carn Liath, but the early morning light was so lovely earlier on this week. Close enough now to place you bets on if there be snow were you are this Christmas! Carn Liath is totally white this morning!Original linkOriginal author:...
Advent calendar – Day 19. Following on from yesterday’s theme, if you get the chance looking down onto trees can also be amazing. This was looking down from the Garry Bridge at Killiecrankie in 2013, the almost black area to the left is the River Garry.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger...
Advent calendar – Day 18. Snow can change the look of everything, so don’t forget to look up sometimes, this was at the Linn of Tummel. The North Perthshire properties are fantastic for winter walks and are a great time to really see just how amazing deciduous trees are. Do you...

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This weekend sees the passing of the “Winter Solstice” – the astronomical phenomenon which brings the shortest day and the longest night of the year, when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is at its lowest. Around the world this event is interpreted in a myriad of ways, but many cultures...
Advent calendar – Day 17. Dunkeld looks great in the snow (Jan 2013) and there’s still time this year to buy some Christmas presents in the Trusts Ell Shop.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Loch Tummel from Queen's View2015 PAC trout fishing permits for Lochs Bhac and Kinardochy and for the River Tummel are available for booking online.Salmon permits for Ruan Ruarie are also available now and visitor permits for the Pitlochry Dam beats will be made available in January.  Loch Tummel PermitsThe Loch Tummel...
Advent calendar - Day 16: Here's a wee coal tit braving the snow, to visit the feeders at Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. We feed the birds, red squirrels and pine martens throughout the year, so keep you eyes peeled if you are visiting :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 15: Still looking for a unique gift idea? Why not get ready for next summer with some NTS Killiecrankie BBQ charcoal - available from the Ell Shop, Dunkeld (open until 24th Dec).Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 14: this week's snowfall on Carn Liath, the 975m high Munro that sits at the north end of the Pass of Killiecrankie.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 13: it's Santa Day! There's lots going on in Dunkeld today, come along and meet Santa and the Cairngorm reindeer herd.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 12: here are some Angel Wings, (Pleurocybella porrigens) one of our favorite wild mushrooms. They are relatively straightforward to identify and commonly grow in the autumn on rotting conifers at the Hermitage.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Good news, at last night's AGM members agreed to freeze all the Club's permits at last season's prices. Visitor salmon permits for the productive fishing below Pitlochry Dam will be available on our booking system around January 10, 2015. Pitlochry Dam - salmon day permits (16 January to 15 October) No Sundays...
"One for the pot" could become very rare!The killing of wild salmon could require a licence following a public consultation that will be launched early in the new year. The consultation will seek views on a conservation measure to ban killing wild salmon except under licence, along with an accompanying carcass...
Advent calendar - Day 11: Ice in the Tummel on a cold winter's day in 2011.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 10: this little creature was discovered in the Pass of Killiecrankie on a cold morning this week, she soon recovered from her roll down the steep bank to scamper away into her nearby home.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 9: it's Santa Day in Dunkeld on Saturday: there's a community market in the Cross from 11am and the Santa sleigh and Cairngorm reindeer herd leaves Birnam at 1pm.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 8: the first snow of the year has fallen on our properties over the last 24 hours, we are wondering if we will get lots of snow this winter as seen here from a very snowy Craigower in 2010.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 7: Here's a picture taken last week whilst out doing our annual tree inspections. It's taken in the Pass of Killiecrankie, above the railway. Can you spot the railway viaduct in the distance?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar - Day 6: Spotted earlier this year - green elf cup fungus- maybe Santa's little helpers will be enjoying an elf sized dram after a busy day in the workshop ;)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 5: Here's this month's mystery picture - and a nice easy one :) Looking back through our trail camera footage we found this shot- what is carrying out a peanut grab and dash?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 4: The last few days have been crisp and frosty with temperatures sitting around freezing. Here's a frosty Linn of Tummel. What's the weather like where you are?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - Day 3 Christmas trees are sprouting up everywhere now, this wee one is in the Ell Shop in Dunkeld. You can support our work by doing some of your shopping here, we would love to see you.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
As one of the UK’s 47 Wildlife Trusts we have a long-standing relationship with birdfood supplier Vine House Farm. Vine House grow many of the crops which go into making their products on their conservation award-winning farm and because Vine House Farm is committed to reducing its impact on the environment, as much produce as...
Advent calendar - Day 2: Has our trail camera caught Santa's reindeer out and about at Linn of Tummel? Not quite - these red deer, often associated with more upland habitats, have been coming down off the hills to feed here.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent calendar - day 1: Welcome to this year's North Perthshire Ranger Service Advent Calendar :) We hope you enjoy our daily posts in the countdown to Christmas. Check in each day to see highlights from 2014, previous years (like this snow seen at the Hermitage December 2010) and upcoming events.Original...
The Hermitage was at its atmospheric best today, with the tops of the Douglas Firs disappearing into the mist.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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The visitor centre team will be out and about over the next few weekends attending some our our local Christmas markets. This coming Saturday, from 9-3 we will be running a stall at the Craft Market on King Edward Street in Perth, selling a range of festive wildlife-themed gifts including Christmas...
We can spot 8 birds. 7 mistle thrush and 1 redwing, the hardest being the redwing, top left. We have seen 10 species feeding on the berries over the last few days, including a female blackcap and collared doves.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Changes laid before the Scottish Parliament on 24 November 2014 coming into force 9 January 2015 will have the undernoted effect ( for full details see http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2014/327/introduction/made ).Summary of the new laws that will apply to our fishing:No person may retain any salmon caught by rod and line in a salmon fishery...
The sorbus tree next to the office in Dunkeld has been alive with birds over the last few days, all feasting on its berries. How many birds can you see in this photo?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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We are pleased to announce that essential maintenance work on our BeatBooker system has been completed and online permit booking and membership services are available again. Apologies for any inconvenience caused during the outage....
A big thank you to the Junior Rangers and Duke of Edinburgh volunteers who were busy today in the Pass of Killiecrankie clearing out the footpath drains after the recent heavy rains.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
This nuthatch was spotted visiting the feeders at Killiecrankie this afternoon.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Staff training at Linn of Tummel yesterday, we found lots of fungi including this porcleain fungi on a beech tree and learnt about lichens too.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Congratulations to Sahar and Richard who got married in Ossian's Hall today.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
It's been a wet week but the River Garry at Killiecrankie and the Linn of Tummel looks pretty spectacular in spate.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
It looks like it's playtime with the Linn of Tummel badgers - game of tag anyone?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
If you like our site, why not check out www.facebook.com/LoveHighlandPerthshire to see what is going on in the region......Love Highland PerthshireFor everything you love about Highland Perthshire covering Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld, Rannoch and Blair Atholl. Let us help you plan your trip or stay! www.highlandperthshire.orgOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
New species record @ Killiecrankie - Whilst out doing tree inspections last week, ranger Louise noticed this wee critter on her clipboard! It is around 5mm in length and is a Pseudoscorpion (false scorpion). They are arachnids with 2 very long pedipalps which strongly resemble the pincers found on a scorpion...

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Timeline PhotosOver the next 6 weeks we're giving away 6 antler-tastic prizes. Every week, Fraser will be hiding a Christmas present somewhere on our website. Each present has a unique code. Find the present, enter the code into our prize draw and you could win it! This week Fraser has been...

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Tomorrow evening we are hosting a talk in the visitor centre by Claire Smith from the RSPB on Black Grouse conservation in Perthshire and how you can get involved in helping to monitor their numbers. Black Grouse populations across Europe have been in decline since the latter half of the 19th...
An impressive Falls of Tummel after some more rain :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Here’s the full view of last week’s mystery photo and a side view, it was indeed a nuthatch. A pair has regularly been visiting the Killiecrankie bird feeders, is anyone else seeing them at their feeders?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
This month’s mystery photo is of a bird, but what is it?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Staff and volunteers at Loch of the Lowes have been celebrating the awarding of the inaugural Scottish Tree of the Year title to “Lady’s Tree” since the announcement was made last Thursday, prior to the presentation ceremony at the Scottish Parliament that evening. I was lucky enough to be invited along to attend...
We are pleased to announce that Killiecrankie has successfully retained its ‘Green Business Tourism Scheme’ Gold Award. We try to take green actions where ever we can, hence following our Halloween event a happy addition to the compost heap. Apparently the soup was scrumptious!!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Nice youtube film of the recent Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession held as part of Heritage Saturday during the Perthshire Amber festival see http://youtu.be/nUEGuBNJIYE Thanks to Bryce Morrison.Dunkeld Wheelbarrow Procession 2014 - Perthshire Amber FestivalA unique annual event hosted by Dougie MacLean and team in which local organisations and individuals decorate their wheelbarrows...
Look out for the Pass of Killiecrankie in tonight's episode of Tony Robinson's "Walking Through History", Saturday 1st Nov, 8pm Channel 4.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Craigwood above Dunkeld this week, just one of the backdrops to the town still in its stunning autumn colours. If you like this photo please share it and help us reach 500 likes, just 5 to go!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
This year being the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s 50th Anniversary, we and I’m sure our veteran osprey are thrilled that this iconic Scots Pine tree has won this award.  Scots Pine Tree – Copywrite SWT (Jon.Close) A reminder why this Scots Pine is a worthy Winner: The Scots Pine is native to...

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An early autumn morning on CraigowerOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Join us this weekend  for Deer quizzes and crafts. Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of November 11am – 3pm Here in Scotland our native Deer are Roe deer, Fallow deer and Red deer. At the visitor centre this weekend you can find out more about how to identify each of them...
Our Hallowe'en craft days at Killiecrankie on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November are drop in sessions running between 11am and 4pm. Activities will include Hallowe'en charcoal drawings, ghost leaf prints, making handprint spiders and creating a mummy pencil holder. Activities are suitable for children from 5 - 12 years...
One of our most photographed views, the Black Linn Falls at the HermitageOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Some more Autumn colours for you - this time taken at the Linn of Tummel.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
The Trust team are the proud winners of the Decorated Wheelbarrow parade, held each year as part of the Dougie MacLean Perthshire Amber Festival. Our barrow was celebrating the 325th anniversary of the Battle of Dunkeld. The Trust and the festival also held a joint Heritage afternoon which was a great...
We have Hallowe'en craft activities running at Killiecrankie Visitor Centre on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November, from 11am - 4pm both days, come along anytime and join in.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...