"The Atholl Palace is one of my favourite places where each year we meet up with good friends and have fun. It's the perfect place to stay in a perfect setting with lovely people looking after us. What more could a person want?"
Significant snowdrops. To most people snowdrops are snowdrops but to those with a specific interest in the galanthus species, finding all those rare and unusual varieties can become a life long passion.
At the Palace we probably have some rare and unusual varieties but we really don’t know, it’s such a specialized subject. In the woodlands below the Hotel we created a new woodland walk last year, snowdrop walk, partially because it opened up a nice, quiet area of woodland next to the Kinnaird burn but also because there is the most amazing show of snowdrops, in this corner of the estate, in spring. Double headed ones, tall ones, fragrant ones and more, we just don’t know the extent of the collection we have or, indeed, when it was established.
Clearing up the casualties from last month’s gales has been ongoing. We can handle modest trees and general logging but when really large or dangerous trees need to be tackled we need expert help. One such tree, a large maple, split threeways and was in danger of taking out the Pitlochry power cables. Enter Dougie MacPhee, local tree surgeon extraordinaire. Dougie fearlessly climbed this tree, as Kenny and I watched closely to make sure the split trunk didn’t expand too quickly and collapse, logged it in bits from the top and in a matter of hours the tree was gone. It was a nerve racking time for us watching Dougie swaying about in the uppermost braches of this large tree, skilfully loping braches in a methodical way. Once again a skilled operator has answered the call to carry out an operation that had “extreme danger” written all over it.
New signs will be appearing shortly, interpretive wildlife and woodland signs. When you discover them we hope that they will make your stay more enjoyable and informative. Why was the giant sequoia called “Wellingtonia”? Have a walk in the grounds and you will find the answer. Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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