Scottish Snowdrop Festival – 31 January to 15 March 2015

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  • A woodland floor is carpeted in white snowdrops
    Dunninald Gardens, Angus
  • a sloping woodland floor is carpeted in snowdrops
    Finlaystone Country Estate, Renfrewshire
  • Snowdrops in the gardens of Cambo Estate during the Scottish Snowdrop Festival © Sir Peter Erskine
    Snowdrops in the gardens of Cambo Estate, Fife © Sir Peter Erskine
  • An enchanting night time scene at Snowdrops by Starlight at Cambo Estate, Fife © Sir Peter Erskine
    Snowdrops by Starlight at Cambo Estate, Fife © Sir Peter Erskine
  • Clusters of snowdrops on a woodland bank by a bridge over a stream.
    Valleyfield Woodland Park, Fife

Wander through Scotland's gardens and woodlands this winter to discover a wide range of stunning scenery and the blossoming of Scotland's most delicate white flower, the snowdrop.

In association with Scotland's Gardens and Cambo Estate, the 2015 Scottish Snowdrop Festival will run from 31 January to 15 March.  With over 60 venues are taking part, many of which are free to visit, you're sure to experience brilliant moments full of winter beauty.

Snowdrops are very versatile and this is reflected in the regional spread of gardens and places taking part, from Arbriachan Garden Nursery which overlooks Loch Ness, to the exotic paradise of Logan Botanic Garden, near Stranraer in Dumfries & Galloway. 

Many of the gardens are opening especially for the festival, including both private collections and places which are usually closed in winter. Head to Shepherd House Garden in Inveresk in Edinburgh & The Lothians; it’s considered to be one of the finest small gardens in the country. Discover this artist-designed acre of flora and marvel at specialist species in the snowdrop theatre.

Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the grounds of Kilgraston School, near Bridge of Earn in Perthshire. Meander through outdoor sculptures and ancient trees, and admire the pretty white blooms which cover the ground. You can also peek inside the chapel and main hall, and see artistic works within the school itself.

At the stately Gargunnock House near Stirling, the surrounding gardens and woodland are annually awash with snowdrops. Stroll to the restored 18th century doocot, and at the plant stall pick up your own snowdrops or bulbs to take home.

Experience a unique sense of tranquillity as you wander through snowdrop-covered grounds at ancient abbeys, including Dryburgh Abbey in the Scottish Borders and Balmerino Abbey in Fife.

Another highlight is the annual Snowdrops by Starlight event at Cambo Estate in Fife. This evening spectacular amongst the snowdrop woodlands will invite you to don a head torch and be led through a magical glen of light.

Some of the most awesome displays of snowdrops can be seen in stunning natural beauty spots, such as the Birks of Aberfeldy and the Black Spout Wood, both of which can be found in Perthshire. Immortalised in poem by Robert Burns, the Birks of Aberfeldy is home to a dramatic wooded gorge and spectacular waterfalls, while the woodland walk to the Black Spout Wood viewing platform is highly rewarding when you set eyes on the 60 m high cascading streams.

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Aberdeen City and Shire           Argyll & The Isles        Ayrshire & Arran


Dumfries & Galloway                Dundee & Angus          Edinburgh & The Lothians


Glasgow & The Clyde Valley    The Highlands               The Kingdom of Fife


Perthshire                                 The Scottish Borders     Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley


Visiting information

Please be aware that dates published for snowdrop openings are ‘general’ as, unfortunately, snowdrops do not flower to order and their flowering can be dependent on which part of the country they are growing in and indeed the variations in our climate.

As a general rule, snowdrops arrive two weeks earlier in the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway than in the east of Scotland and those growing further north and/or on higher ground can be later still. Bearing this in mind it may be advisable to telephone the gardens you are interested in visiting to check.

If you would like to visit one of the gardens listed but you are unable to visit during snowdrop season, please contact the individual garden directly for opening times during the rest of the year.

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