It’s blooming marvellous in Argyll & Bute!
Four of the magnificent gardens in Argyll & Bute are set to pull in the crowds once again this winter, as VisitScotland kicks off the fifth year of its annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival on 1 February. Ardardan Walled Gardens in Cardross, Arduaine Gardens in Oban, Mount Stuart on Bute and Torosay Castle on the Isle of Mull are all featuring in the 2011 snowdrop festival.
Part of VisitScotland’s Winter White marketing campaign, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival will see more than 50 gardens from across the country throw open their gates for the first time this year, reminding people of the beauty of Scotland in the winter months. The festival is set to bring a welcome boost for the gardens and the surrounding tourism businesses as the industry goes through its traditionally quieter months.
In the year of Active Scotland, the festival is a great way to encourage visitors to get out and about and enjoy a range of gardens and forest walks that are famed for their stunning snowdrops between 1 February and 15 March.
David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland’s Regional Director, said: “The Snowdrop Festival represents an important part of our Winter White campaign, as we look to promote the natural beauty of Argyll & Bute, especially during those months that traditionally need a boost.
“The Snowdrop Festival allows visitors to experience Scotland’s natural assets within a variety of surroundings, including woodland walks, stately homes and scenic glens.”
The Snowdrop Festival runs from 1 February until 15 March. For more information on participating gardens and for information on offers and things to do throughout the winter months, visit www.visitscotland.com/snowdrops