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.
It’s the 10th anniversary of The Dance Summer School and the dates this year for Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perth are 23 – 29 July and 30 July – 5 August. For parents and families who are looking for somewhere nearby to stay, then River Edge Lodges fits the bill.
DUNBARNEY WALK/SILVER WALK Approx 1 ½ hours
This is a nice walk with no hills, mainly off-road and into Dunbarney Estate. The only muddy bit might be the narrow path down to Forgandenny Road, and also The Silver Walk.
From Main Street in the village, walk up Station Road (between the bowling green and the school). Go over the bridge, then cross the road when it bends to the left and follow the footpath/lane.
Follow the lane for ¼ mile, passing a few houses along the way, including a beautiful large house with amazing windows and a walled garden (if you find a gate closed you can walk around it – it’s a public right of way). Say hello to the deer in the field next to this house.
Carry on until you come to an L shaped stone house, that my children used to call “The Three Little Pigs House”. At this house turn left down a narrow path that takes you behind the house. Follow it right down to the main Forgandenny Road. Take care here, as cars can go fast along this road.
Turn left onto the main road and walk for 100 metres, then turn right towards Pitkeathly Wells, where people used to come and take the waters at the spa. Carry on down this road for 200 metres then look out for a footpath on the left – The Silver Walk – which is just before Pitkeathly Wells. If you like, you can ignore the path and follow the road instead, which goes in a semi circle only to meet up with the Silver Walk at the other end.
Follow the Silver Walk to the end then turn left (or if you’re following the road just follow it until you come to the other end of the silver Walk). Walk approx ¼ mile to Kilgraston School and The Roost Restaurant (recommended). Carrying on past The Roost, turn right down a narrow footpath. Go past a small play park. Cross over the road in a quiet cul-de-sac and re-join the path again. We call this the Duck Path. Follow it to the end, waving at my mum and dad as you pass their back garden! Turn left onto the main road and walk over the bridge back into the village again. Why not stop at The Village Inn for “wee swallae” before heading back home to your lodge.