Bluebells of Perthshire

Ever since I first started taking photos of nature and Scotland's landscapes, I have searched for woodland floors carpeted with bluebells. I would see photos of hillsides weighed down by them and woods with seas of blue stretching as far as the eye could see.

My search for this holy grail started in the country park local to where I grew up. 

 At the local woods I was able to capture close up photos of beautiful flowers such as this, but it definitely lacked the blooming woodland floors I wanted.

At the local woods I was able to capture close up photos of beautiful flowers such as this, but it definitely lacked the blooming woodland floors I wanted.

  This little kirk in the neighbouring town to the village of Glen Coe was a place that cropped up every year because of its incredible bluebell display. Last year I was finally able to make a stop at the famed church and photograph the spectacular bluebells.

This little kirk in the neighbouring town to the village of Glen Coe was a place that cropped up every year because of its incredible bluebell display. Last year I was finally able to make a stop at the famed church and photograph the spectacular bluebells.

Although the carpeting at Ballachulish was impressive and beautiful, and definitely the best example of an expanse of bluebells I had ever seen, it still didn't cut the mustard. I wanted a woodland scene. Beautiful, strong Scottish trees and bluebells reaching out as far as the eye could see.

 It wasn't until my move to Perthshire last year that I was able to finally find, what I think is the greatest show of bluebells in Scotland.

It wasn't until my move to Perthshire last year that I was able to finally find, what I think is the greatest show of bluebells in Scotland.

Kinclaven woods, situated roughly half way between Perth and Blairgowrie is a modest wood of about 50 hectares. Made up mostly of oak, and some veteran beech trees, this wood is famous for it's bluebells. I began to scout the woods several weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed the quiet space. The sense of peace and beauty in small space felt special. But I was no where near prepared for the final show that was yet to be revealed.

 Over the course of a fortnight I visited Kinclaven bluebell woods numerous times to explore different vantage points, lighting conditions and waiting for the bluebells to reach their peak.

Over the course of a fortnight I visited Kinclaven bluebell woods numerous times to explore different vantage points, lighting conditions and waiting for the bluebells to reach their peak.

 When the bluebells reached the height of their bloom, well, they were a sight to behold! This beautiful place truly offered up a blue haze reaching way out into the woods and beyond. Small yet clear paths wind their way through the trees making photo opportunities endless.

When the bluebells reached the height of their bloom, well, they were a sight to behold! This beautiful place truly offered up a blue haze reaching way out into the woods and beyond. Small yet clear paths wind their way through the trees making photo opportunities endless.

The Kinclaven wood bluebells are just another gem in the crown of Perthshire, if not the entire Scottish landscape. As a landscape photographer it is the most abundant area of varied and spectacular locations. With every secret each new season reveals, I get a kick out of the fact that this place is my playground, my new stamping ground.