Galloway awash with snowdrops for festival

One of the first festivals in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar, the much-loved Scottish Snowdrop Festival is to return this February with opportunities to see vast displays of Spring snowdrops throughout the region between 1 February to 16 March.

Some of the participating locations in Dumfries and Galloway include; Brooklands at Crocketford, Cally Woods in the Fleet Valley, Castle Kennedy Gardens near Stranraer, Dunskey Gardens and Maze and Logan Botanic Gardens near Portpatrick with a new addition to the local portfolio being Craichlaw at Kirkcowan.

The nationwide festival includes a diverse range of 53 gardens, with eight new additions, showcasing beautiful snowdrops, with some locations opened exclusively for the event. Properties taking part range from walled gardens, urban retreats, historic castles, churchyards and woodland walks.

The festival, now in its eighth year, is the perfect event to remind people of the beauty of Scotland in the winter months and is a welcome boost for gardens, woodlands and the surrounding tourism businesses as the industry goes through its traditionally quieter months.

Paula McDonald, Regional Director of VisitScotland said: “This year, we are welcoming the world to Scotland with some huge events on the nation’s calendar including the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland 2014 events programme.

“The Snowdrop Festival, part of the Homecoming Scotland calendar, offers a valuable experience for visitors at several beautiful locations throughout Dumfries & Galloway and is a wonderful way to kick start this very special year for Scottish tourism.”

The eight new gardens are as follows: Bruckhills Croft (Aberdeenshire), Islay Estate (Isle of Islay), Brooklands (Dumfries & Galloway), Craichlaw (Dumfries & Galloway), West Plean House (Stirling), Rossie House (Perthshire), the Town of Coupar Angus (Perthshire) and Lindores House (Fife).

VisitScotland also produces a guide to the many beautiful gardens in Dumfries & Galloway which will be available soon via the region’s Information Centres.

Full details of the participating gardens can be found on