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The Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2018: snowdrops take a star turn

Hayley Orr - View Comments

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 its way.

Snowdrops in the woodlands at Cambo Gardens near St Andrews

Organised by Discover Scottish Gardens, many of the gardens are open especially for the festival, which runs from 27 January – 11 March, and can be entered for a small ticket price, a donation or for free. There are  around 60 events this year that are included in the festival.

Festival highlights

Perfect for crisp winter walks, here are just a few of the festival gardens which are waiting to light up your day with their dazzling displays of snowdrops:

Castle Kennedy Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway

Snowdrops near Lochinch Castle, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer © Castle Kennedy Gardens

Head to Castle Kennedy Gardens to see beautiful white snowdrops in full bloom. The gardens are open every weekend throughout February and March and boast a walled garden, round pond and plenty of enchanting walks to explore. Stop off at the tearoom for a tasty bowl of soup or snowdrop themed home baking too.

Cringletie House, Scottish Borders

Enjoy a walk around the enchanting grounds of Cringletie House and see if you can spot the fairies hiding amongst the snowdrops. The restaurant offers tempting meals and mouth-watering snowdrop scones for afterwards too. What’s more if you find all the fairies in the garden you’ll win a free lunch or tea!

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Dawyck Botanic Garden & Logan Botanic Garden

Snowdrops at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Explore the wonderful collections of specialist snowdrops at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Dawyck Botanic Garden near Peebles and Logan Botanic Garden near Stranraer.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh boasts plenty of delicate snowdrops to enjoy. Visit and explore the stunning gardens for yourself, or join one of the guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays.

Dawyck Botanic Garden is a stunning garden in the Scottish Borders, where you’ll see gleaming snowdrops set against the enchanting backdrop of the shimmering Scrape Burn. You can also enjoy a guided tour with an expert every Sunday in February and March.

Logan Botanic Garden is situated in the mild surroundings of the Rhins of Galloway in southern Scotland and is renowned as Scotland’s most exotic garden, with early flowering rhododendrons and camellias to enjoy, as well as snowdrops.

Cambo Estate, Fife

Snowdrops beside a stream in the woodlands at Cambo Gardens near Kingsbarns

Cambo Estate is a snowdrop wonderland, bursting with swathes of these delicate flowers, including rare blooms. Head to the estate to enjoy a walk out to the sea through the snowdrop woodland, plus guided tours and family activity sessions. There’s likely to be special snowdrop events taking place too, so keep checking the Cambo Estate website. Don’t miss the snowdrop themed tearoom and plant shop where you can buy a snowdrop plant to take home.

Abriachan Garden Nursery, Loch Ness

Follow winding pathways through native woodlands dotted with snowdrops at Abriachan Garden Nursery. Don’t miss the stunning views over Loch Ness too.

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