Scottish Snowdrop Festival

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snowdrops in West Fife © VisitScotland

It’s just three weeks until the Scottish Snowdrop Festival with events running from the first of February until the sixteenth of March.

One of the first key festivals in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar, visitors can experience this delicate bloom in a variety of stunning locations across the country.

This year 53 gardens are taking part including 8 new additions. Snowdrops usually mean that winter is on its way out despite the fact there can be a fe wmonths of old weather still to face. And after the weather we have had in the last few weeks, snowdrops should be enough to make anyway soften a bit and smile. Properties taking part range from walled gardens, urban retreats, historic castles, churchyards and woodland walks. As their name suggests, snowdrops may not even wait for the snow to melt before emerging from their winter sleep, instead pushing right up through the snow a delightful sight for the winter-weary.

Many of the gardens are opening especially for the festival, including both private collections and places which are usually closed in winter. The eight that are taking part for the first time are Rossie House and the town of Coupar Angus in Perthshire, Bruckhills Croft in Aberdeenshire, Brooklands and Craichlaw in Dumfries & Galloway, Lindores House in Fife, Islay Estate in Argyll & The Isles and West Plean House in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley.

One place well worth a trip is the annual Snowdrops by Starlight event at Cambo Estate in Fife which takes place from February 12-16th. On these evenings you will be invited to wear a head torch and be led through a magical glen of light featuring kinetic and sound sculptures!

So how about using the cheap £5 each way rail tickets of East Coast to get you up and into Scotland and then enjoying the snowdrops?

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