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The Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2016: snowdrops take a star turn

Each year the Scottish Snowdrop Festival gathers together some of the best gardens and woodlands where you can see swathes of snowdrops, so that you won’t miss out on the arrival of these dainty little flowers – one of the most delightful signs that spring is on it’s way.


Many of the gardens are open especially for the festival, which runs from 30 January – 13 March, and can be entered for a small ticket price, a donation or for free.

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Festival highlights
Perfect for crisp winter walks, here are just four of the festival gardens which are waiting to light up your day – or night – with their dazzling displays of snowdrops.

Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, Ayrshire.  Image © Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team/Barry Dawson All rights reserved.

Dark Sky Observatory, Dalmellington, Ayrshire.
Image © Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team/Barry Dawson. All rights reserved.

Craigengillan Estate and Dark Sky Observatory
Craigengillan Estate and Dark Sky Observatory have teamed up to offer a chance to spot snowdrops on the estate followed by star-gazing at the observatory on 21 February, which promises to be an enchanting experience for all who venture out.

Abriachan Garden Nursery
Follow winding pathways through native woodlands that are dotted with snowdrops, and don’t miss the stunning views over Loch Ness. The nursery is open for the whole festival, so there is plenty of opportunity to go along and spot those snowdrops.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Take a guided tour of the garden’s delightful snowdrop collection on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 12 February – 6 March. It could even make the perfect Valentine’s Day date!

Duntreath Castle
The turreted castle, 15th century keep and sweeping formal gardens give Duntreath Castle a fairytale feel, and when dusted with snowdrops it becomes even more magical. The woodland paths and stunning waterfall garden at this castle in Blanefield, are just a half hour from both Glasgow and Stirling.

Are you going to the Scottish Snowdrop Festival? Let us know what you think, and share images with us by using #lovescotland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Miriam Brand-Spencer

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