Snowdrop Festival set to return

One of the first festivals in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, is to return next month.

There will be opportunities to see wonderful displays of spring snowdrops for a few weeks as the festival returns to Aberdeenshire from now until March 16.

Ecclesgreig Castle at St Cyrus and Crathes Castle near Banchory are included in the nationwide festival, which includes a diverse range of 53 gardens, with eight new additions.

These locations will be showcasing beautiful snowdrops, with some locations opened exclusively for the event. Properties taking part range from walled gardens, urban retreats and historic castles, to churchyards and woodland walks.

At Ecclesgreig the snowdrop walks starts at the castle, meander around the estate, along woodland paths, around the pond, finishing at the garden. The woodland contain some very interesting trees and shrubs and are covered by drifts of snowdrops

Philip Smith, VisitScotland regional director, said that the Snowdrop festival, which is in it’s eighth year, is a great way to help kick off Homecoming 2014.

He added: “This year we are welcoming the world to Scotland with some huge events on the nation’s calendar, including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland 2014 events programme.

“The Snowdrop Festival, part of the Homecoming Scotland calendar, offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors at these locations in Aberdeenshire to see these beautiful displays and is a fabulous way to kick start this very special year for Scottish tourism.”

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