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Scottish Snowdrop Festival

January 27th 2017

Blossoming across Scotland from 28 January to 12 March, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival features more than 50 properties, including 13 newly added for 2017, showing off spectacular swathes of snowdrops carpeting their grounds.

There are 300 varieties of Galanthus – to give the snowdrop its botanical name – and the versatility and hardiness of the classic winter flowering plant means it grows in a great range of locations.

New attractions set to join some of Scotland’s finest gardens, woodlands and estates for the festival this year include Fyvie Castle in Turriff, House of the Binns in Linlithgow and Castle Kennedy in Stranraer.

The annual event, now in its 11th year, aims to encourage locals and tourists alike to enjoy the wonders of Scotland’s gardens during the snowdrop flowering period and highlight the diversity of the country’s array of snowdrop collections.

Supported annually by VisitScotland, the festival is being organised for the first time this year by garden tourism organisation Discover Scottish Gardens.  Nearly half the participants are opening their gardens to raise money for national charity organisation Scotland’s Gardens.

Research shows that one in three visitors to Scotland make a trip to a forest or woodland park during their stay while 42% visit a country park or garden.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Over the past decade the Scottish Snowdrop Festival has grown to become an annual calendar highlight with the first snowdrops of the year a sign that spring is just around the corner. 

“The festival provides a welcome boost for attractions during a traditionally quieter period of the year and we hope many people will be able to get out and about to enjoy this great seasonal sight around Scotland’s most stunning gardens and estates.”

Catherine Erskine, Chair of Discover Scottish Gardens and founder of the Snowdrop Festival in Scotland, said:

“We are very lucky in Scotland to have a fantastic climate for snowdrops, with many species thriving here and creating stunning displays. And this year, due to a mild winter, snowdrops are certainly popping their heads out earlier than they have for many years.”

Participants taking part in the Scottish Snowdrop Festival are:

·         10 Pilmuir Road West, Forres, Highland
·         Abriachan Garden Nursery, Abriachan, Highland
·         Barjarg Tower, Auldgirth, Dumfries and Galloway
·         Blair House, Blair Estate, Dalry, Ayrshire
·         Braco Castle, Braco, Fife
·         Brooklands, Crocketford, Dumfries and Galloway
·         Bruckhills Croft, Inverurie, Aberdeen City & Shire
·         Cleghorn, Lanark, South Lanarkshire
·         Craichlaw, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway
·         Craig, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway
·         Craufurdland Castle, Fenwick, Ayrshire
·         Danevale, Crossmichael, Dumfries and Galloway
·         Duntreath Castle, Glasgow
·         Ecclesgreig Castle, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire
·         Fingask Castle, Rait, Perthshire
·         Gargunnock House Gardens, Gargunnock, Stirling
·         Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, Scottish Borders
·         Kilbryde Castle, Dunblane, Stirling
·         Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Pert and Kinross
·         Langley Park, Montrose, Angus
·         Lawton House, Arbroath, Angus
·         Lindores House, Newburgh, Fife
·         Maolachy’s Garden, Taynuilt, Argyll and Bute
·         Shepherd House, Edinburgh
·         Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh
·         Dawyck Botanic Garden, Peeblesshire, Scottish Borders
·         Coupar Angus, Perth & Kinross
·         Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, Dumfries and Galloway
·         New Hopetoun Gardens, West Lothian
·         Fyvie Castle, NTS, Turriff, Aberdeenshire
·         House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian
·         Newhailes Estate, Musselburgh, East Lothian
·         Brodie Castle, Forres, Highland
·         Cluny House, Aberfeldy, Perth and Kinross
·         Cambo Gardens, St Andrews, Fife
·         Cringletie House Hotel, Peebles, Scottish Borders
·         Culzean Castle and Country Park, Maybole, Ayrshire
·         Dryburgh Abbey, Melrose, Scottish Borders
·         Barnhill Rock Garden, Dundee
·         RSPB Scotland Lochwinnoch, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
·         RSPB Scotland Loch Leven, Kinross, Perth and Kinross
·         RSPB Scotland Loch Garten, Loch Garten, Highland
·         Greenbank Garden, Glasgow
·         Hill of Tarvit, Cupar, Fife
·         Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, West Lothian
·         House of Dun, Montrose, Angus
·         Scone Palace, Perth, Perth & Kinross
·         Valleyfield Woodland Park, Dunfermline, The Kingdom of Fife
·         Finlaystone Country Estate, Langbank, Greater Glasgow and The Clyde Valley
·         Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway
·         Dunninald Castle Gardens, Dunninald, Angus