Scottish Snowdrop Festival

The 11th annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival (from now until 12 March) features some of the best gardens and woodlands in Scotland, displaying huge drifts of these beautiful little flowers that herald the imminent arrival of Spring.

Scottish Snowdrop Festival

Scottish snowdrop Festival

The botanical name for the snowdrop is Galanthus and there are 300 varieties of this versatile and hardy flower.

The festival is organised  by Discover Scottish Gardens. some gardens charge a small fee or donation and some are free of charge.

Nearby to River Edge Lodges, Scone Palace is opening their beautiful gardens free of charge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now until 31 March. There are free maps of the gardens showing the best swathes of snowdrops. You can pick these maps up in the Coffee Shop while you’re nipping in for lunch or tea and scones.

 

Not too far away in Fife is the Cambo Estate  snowdrop heaven with vast seas of these stunning flowers. From the estate you can take a walk out to the seashore through the snowdrop woodland. There are also guided tours and family activities. Events include the Wild Food Festival on 17 February and Cambo Heritage Craft Festival on 26 February. There’s also the snowdrop themed tearoom and plant shop where you can buy a snowdrop plant to take home.

Scottish snowdrop Festival