As part of Homecoming Scotland, VisitScotland is working with Scotland's Gardens and Cambo Estate to present the 2014 Scottish Snowdrop Festival which runs from 1 February to 16 March. It features at least 53 venues, many of which are free to visit, and between them they will display hundreds of varieties of this delicate white flower.
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 historic grounds of Dryburgh Abbey in The Scottish Borders.
Many of the gardens are opening especially for the festival, including both private collections and places which are usually closed in winter. Growing in size each year, this year's festival includes eight new places to visit. Taking part for the first time are Rossie House and the town of Coupar Angus in Perthshire, Bruckhills Croft in Aberdeenshire, Brooklands and Craichlaw in Dumfries & Galloway, Lindores House in The Kingdom of Fife, Islay Estate in Argyll & The Isles and West Plean House in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley
Some venues, including the National Trust for Scotland property Greenbank Garden in Glasgow, offer the chance to warm up with a cup of tea and a snack once you’ve ambled around the garden, and even purchase bulbs and gifts. Look out for events at a number of locations, including gardener-led walks at Dunskey Gardens in Portpatrick, a weekend of arts, crafts and cycling in Couper Angus, and 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 featuring kinetic and sound sculptures!
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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
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.