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Enjoy the Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Enjoy the Scottish Snowdrop Festival
31 Dec 2013

Nature lovers should make a date in their diaries for the forthcoming Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

To celebrate the beauty of this delicate bloom, there are a wide range of events taking place from 1 February to 16 March 2014 at 53 garden locations, including eight that are new additions for this edition of the festival. These include walled gardens, urban retreats, historic castles and churchyards. 

Highlights of the month-long festivities include the open day on 6 March at Rossie House in Perthshire, near the small village of Forgandenny. As well as snowdrops, of course, its beautiful woodland garden features enormous wellingtonias, snowflakes, erythronium, trillium and early primulas.

The garden will be open from 2pm to 5pm and entrance will cost £4 for adults. Children go free.

Another top place to visit is Bruckhills Croft in Aberdeenshire, which boasts a lovely informal country cottage garden with numerous flower borders and a wildflower meadow and pond, which attracts an array of wildlife. However, the stars of the show are undoubtedly the 90 different types of snowdrop found in the garden. 

Attendance between 1 and 31 March is by prior arrangement only, so book before you travel. Tickets are priced the same as above. 

If you're from the south of the UK, the quickest way to get to Scotland for the festival is to catch a cheap flight to one of the country's numerous airports closest to the garden you want to visit, such as Edinburgh or Glasgow, and then hire a car to complete your journey. London to Edinburgh by plane takes just 1h 15 compared to almost 4h 30 by train. 

The Snowdrop Festival is one of the first key festivals of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme of events - a year-long programme of events and activities showcasing the very best of the country to coincide with the influx of tourists for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. ADNFCR-408-ID-801677351-ADNFCR

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