Snowdrop Festival 2016 blooms around the region

Many of Scotland’s finest gardens, woodlands and estates – including two stunning sites in Aberdeenshire – are ready to welcome visitors to one of the country’s most popular annual outdoor festivals.

Blossoming across the country from January 30 to March 13, The Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2016 features almost 60 properties showing off spectacular swathes of snowdrops carpeting their grounds.

Taking place at venues ranging from visitor attractions to privately-owned estates which are not normally open to the public, the event not only gives visitors the opportunity to marvel at the magnificent seasonal displays but also to explore several of Scotland’s most beautiful settings.

The Aberdeenshire properties taking part include Bruckhills Croft, at Rothienorman, near Inverurie, and Ecclesgreig Castle at St Cyrus.

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

By encouraging visitors to Scotland’s great gardens, woodlands and estates, the event also provides a welcome business boost for attractions during a traditionally quieter period of the year.

VisitScotland Regional Director Jim Clarkson said: “The Scottish Snowdrop Festival has grown into an annual calendar highlight and there’s a superb choice of gardens, woodlands and estates taking part, including two fantastic locations in the local area.

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