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8th March 2016

Have you experienced Snowdrop Festival?

Going around visiting different areas with these flower in Scotland is a lovely way to spend your time. There is such a variety of things to see. For example, you can incorporate a walking holiday into your trip! Walking holidays on the Isle of Skye are particularly popular this time of year. Walking holidays in Scotland are made better when you are experiencing the charm of Scotland’s nature.

What is this Scottish Festival?

The Festival is one of Scotland’s annual visual delights. Each year, you can see some of the best gardens and woodlands with swathes of these flowers and the festival ensures that you won’t miss out on the arrival of these beautiful, unique flowers. One of the first signs of Spring!

What are these flowers?

snowdrops to be seen on holidays on the isle of skye

They look like that!

Notable species include:

  • Common species, Galanthus nivalis, grows to around 7–15 cm tall, flowering between January and April in the northern temperate zone (January–May in the wild). Applanate vernation[5]
  • Crimean species, Galanthus plicatus, 30 cm tall, flowering January/March, white flowers, with broad leaves folded back at the edges (explicative vernation)
  • Giant species, Galanthus elwesii, a native of the Levant, 23 cm tall, flowering January/February, with large flowers, the three inner segments of which often have a much larger and more conspicuous green blotch (or blotches) than the more common kinds; supervolute vernation
  • Galanthus reginae-olgae, from Greece and Sicily, is quite similar in appearance to G. nivalis, but flowers in autumn before the leaves appear. The leaves, which appear in the spring, have a characteristic white stripe on their upper side; applanate vernation
    • G. reginae-olgae subsp. vernalis, from Sicily, northern Greece and the southern part of former Yugoslavia, blooms at the end of the winter with developed young leaves and is thus easily confused with G. nivalis.

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Where can I experience the Snowdrop Festival?

You can experience the Festival in these places:

Cambo Estate on the Fife Coastal Path.

“Cambo estate has been in the Erskine family since the late 1670s however the current house was only built in 1881 after a fire devastated the old house in 1879.  Still the family home of the Erskine’s, Cambo house is much more than just a country house hotel.”

Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye

“Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.”

Cluny House Gardens on Rob Roy Way

“The garden was created by Bobby and Betty Masterton. When they arrived in the 1950s there were a few trees – conifers, beeches and oak, but more notably the two magnificent Wellingtonias you can see today. One of them is Britain’s widest conifer, with a girth of 11 metres. Although over 150 years old, these natives of North America are still youngsters as the trees can live for a thousand years.”

Why not take the opportunity to have one of those great holidays on the Isle of Skye?

Holidays on the Isle of Skye

With EasyWays, you can see the very best of Scotland with our range of walking routes. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced walker, we want to hear from you!

Interested in our posts and want to learn more about Scotland this time of year? Look at this post!

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