One of Scotland’s most popular outdoor festivals is now in bloom, offering visitors the chance to see spring snowdrops carpeting the grounds of two very different gardens in Aberdeenshire.
Both Bruckhills Croft near Inverurie and Ecclesgreig Castle at St Cyrus are participating in the Scottish Snowdrop Festival 2015, which runs from January 31 to March 15.
Situated at Rothienorman, Bruckhills Croft is an informal country cottage garden which offers prearranged visits to see 280 named snowdrops scattered across the venue.
Meanwhile, Ecclesgreig Castle provides a unique backdrop to enjoy a snowdrop trail which meanders around the estate.
Running from 31 January to 15 March, over 60 properties will offer beautiful displays of snowdrops in stunning natural settings, some opened exclusively for the event.
The collections are set among outdoor sculptures, ancient trees and abbeys, spectacular waterfalls and woodland walks.
The festival, now in its ninth 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.
Philip Smith, VisitScotland Regional Director, said, “The Snowdrop Festival is always a great way to kick off the new year and encourage visitors to get out of their homes and visit one of these beautiful venues. With over 60 properties taking part, the Festival has grown tremendously over the years and offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy one of the natural highlights of the spring calendar.”