More gardens seeing the footfall benefit of snowdrop festival

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival has expanded this year with 13 new properties coming on board in the festival's 11th year.

Kailzie Gardens in Peebles. Image: Discover Scottish Gardens
Kailzie Gardens in Peebles. Image: Discover Scottish Gardens

More than 50 properties are showing off their snowdrops, driving footfall from locals and tourists alike.

New entrants to gala of Galanthus include Fyvie Castle in Turriff, House of the Binns in Linlithgow and Castle Kennedy in Stranraer. Dunninald Castle in Angus has returned to the festival after a break. 

The festival, which runs from 28 January to 12 March is supported by VisitScotland and the festival is being organised for the first time this year by garden tourism organisation Discover Scottish Gardens. 

Research shows that one in three visitors to Scotland make a trip to a forest or woodland park during their stay while 42% visit a country park or garden.

VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: "The festival provides a welcome boost for attractions during a traditionally quieter period of the year,"

Scottish Snowdrop Festival founder Catherine Erskine, from Cambo Estate, who is chair of Discover Scottish Gardens said: "We are very lucky in Scotland to have a fantastic climate for snowdrops, with many species thriving here and creating stunning displays. And this year, due to a mild winter, snowdrops are certainly popping their heads out earlier than they have for many years."   

New participants taking part in the Scottish Snowdrop Festival for the first time are:

·         Brodie Castle, Forres, Morayshire

·         RSPB Loch Garten, Nethy Bridge, Inverness-shire

·         Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire

·         Braco Castle, Braco, Perthshire

·         Fingask Castle, Rait, Perthshire

·         Kilbryde Castle, Dunblane, Perthshire

·         Langley Park, Montrose, Angus

·         Maolachy's Garden, Lochavich, by Taynuilt, Argyll

·         New Hopetouns Gardens, by Newton Village, Broxburn, West Lothian

·         House of the Binns, Linlithgow, West Lothian

·         Newhailes Estate, Musselburgh, East Lothian

·         Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

·         Brooklands, Crocketford, Dumfries & Galloway

Nearly half the participants are opening their gardens to raise money for national charity organisation Scotland’s Gardens.

Many of the gardens are also offering new activities for the 2017 festival such as the Cambo Estate in Fife where the opening of a new nature playground area, ‘the lost elf village’, will launch its Snowdrop activity.  Other participants with new elements to their snowdrop activity this year include Cringletie House and Gardens in Peebles and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh as well as its regional Gardens Dawyck and Logan.

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