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 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
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.