The Snowdrop Festival
Whilst the winters in the Highlands of Scotland can be severe, every year as winter turns to early spring a number of gardens host a snowdrop festival organised by Discover Scottish Gardens which can be a spectacular event on a crisp sunny day and is well worth the small entrance fee to pay a visit. Every year we plant some new bulbs in our own garden, as seeing the snowdrops blooming heralds the start of spring for us, and we really start to notice that the hours of daylight are getting longer. There really are an amazing number of different varieties of snowdrops in all shapes and sizes.
There are a number of gardens local to our Inverness Bed and Breakfast which participate in the snowdrop festival, and the photos attached were from last year’s event at Abriachan Gardens on the banks of Loch Ness. This garden and nursery is sited on the steep slopes of the Great Glen, and has some lovely terraced gardens as well as a number of woodland walks for you to enjoy. The garden centre also hosts a stall at the monthly Farmer’s Market in Inverness town centre, and we have bought many of the plants for our garden from here – we think if they can survive and thrive on the hillside by Loch Ness, they stand a good chance in our garden!
If you’re visiting the Highlands for a Valentines Day escape, what about doing a Snowdrop Walk at Attadale Gardens over on the West Coast. A beautiful spot at any time of year, the gardens, sculptures and scenery at Attadale are one of our favourite places for a day out and a walk in the fresh air. But remember to keep your eyes peeled if you are simply enjoying a forest or countryside walk too – snowdrops will pop up almost anywhere!