Published on : Saturday, January 28, 2017
A number of the country’s celebrated visitor attractions will take part in one of Scotland’s most popular outdoor festivals for the first time this year.Blossoming across the country from 28 January to 12 March, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival features more than 50 properties, including 14 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.
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.“Many of the Scottish Snowdrop Festival locations are within the grounds of some of Scotland’s most historic buildings.
“Such buildings are a perfect fit for Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. From World Heritage sites to ancient monuments, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the year-long programme will shine the spotlight on our greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.”