February flower power

Snowdrops at Cambo
Snowdrops at Cambo

They might be small but great swathes of delicate snowdrops will no doubt draw sizeable crowds to a variety of venues in Fife this month.

As the first festival in the Homecoming Scotland 2014 calendar, the much-loved Scottish Snowdrop Festival has officially begun and is set to run until March 16.

One of the festival’s highlight events is ‘Snowdrops by Starlight’ at the Cambo Estate between February 12 and 16, which will this year see visitors donning head torches and walking through the enchanting winter woodlands with kinetic and sound sculptures, as well as live music.

In addition, the festival boasts new venues in 2014, including Lindores House near Newburgh.

Richard Pinn, VisitScotland regional director, said: “This year we are welcoming the world to Scotland with some huge events on the nation’s calendar including the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup and Homecoming Scotland 2014 events programme.

“The Snowdrop Festival, part of the Homecoming Scotland calendar, offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors at these locations throughout the Kingdom of Fife to see these beautiful displays and is a fabulous way to kick start this very special year for Scottish tourism.”

The festival, now in its eighth year, is a welcome boost for gardens, woodlands and the surrounding tourism businesses as the industry goes through its traditionally quieter months.

Participating locations in Fife include: Lindores House, by Newburgh; Balmerino Abbey, at Balmerino Village, at Newport on Tay; Cambo Gardens, near St Andrews; NTS Hill of Tarvit, Cupar; Kellie Garden at Pittenweem; The Beech Avenue, at Aberdour; The Centre for Stewardship at Falkland and Valleyfield Woodland Park, near Shiresmill.

Full details can be found on www.visitscotland.com