Visiting Scotland For The Snowdrop Festival

It’s a wonderful time of year to still enjoy the beautiful landscapes, go wildlife spotting and to witness the Snowdrop Festival. The Snowdrop or also known by their scientific name Galanthus, have 20 species.  This small delicate white flower originated from Europe and Asia Minor, today’s Turkey. They grow in forests, grasslands, and near streams. They grow up to 15 cm tall and have appeared in February since the 1950’s, but are now flowering earlier and can be seen as early as December. Did you know that the most paid for a single snowdrop has been £1,390? The beautiful and delicate Galanthus plicatus ‘Golden Fleece’ took 10 years to create and was bought in 2015. Here’s where to see the Snowdrop Festival in Scotland.

Snowdrops at Cambo Estate. Snowdrop Festival
Snowdrops at Cambo Estate ©MDHarding

The Snowdrop Festival In Scotland

The Snowdrop Festival has been taking place for a number of years now in Scotland, grown in size to include a number of estate’s and botanical gardens.  This year there are several places to visit including Castle Kennedy, Cringlete House, Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Dawyck Botanic Garden and Logan Botanic Garden, but one of my all time favourite is the Cambo Estate.

Robin at Edinburgh Botanic Garden. Snowdrop Festival
Robin at Edinburgh Botanic Garden ©MDHarding

Cambo Estate

The Cambo Estate is located in the county of Fife, between the coastal village of Crail and the home of golf, St Andrews. The Cambo Estate is steeped in history dating back to the 12th century when it was first occupied by John De Cambo, who it is thought, received it as Norman Lands from the King. The original Cambo house was destroyed by a fire in 1878, but went on to be purchased and sold. It has been owned by the current family dating back to 1945 where it has been upgraded and turned into a successful accommodation business, community hub hosting a variety of events for all ages throughout the year, including the very popular Snowdrop Festival.

Squirrel at Edinburgh Botanic Garden. Snowdrop Festival
Squirrel at Edinburgh Botanic Garden ©MDHarding

The estate has had Snowdrops growing on it for many years, starting three generations ago.  Since the Snowdrops grow in clumps, they need dividing every 2-3 years.  The family have spent many hours digging, dividing and re-distributing across the 70 acres of woodland.  One of the longest participants of the Snowdrop Festival, the Cambo estate is a marvel to visit and see both the common and rare specialist Snowdrops.  Today as well as being able to visit the estate and enjoy the Snowdrops there, you can also purchase them and take them home or by mail order online.

Woodland Walks at Cambo Estate ©MDHarding
Woodland Walks at Cambo Estate ©MDHarding

Getting To Cambo Estate

Cambo Estate is easily reached by car.  The journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes from Edinburgh.  It is a lovely scenic road taking in the majestic Forth Bridge’s and the quaint coastal fishing towns of Fife.  If arriving into Edinburgh Airport, why not hire a car and explore more of this beautiful area of Scotland,  with so much to see and do including the home of golf – St Andrews. The town is steeped in history with Scotland’s first university dating back to 1413, St Andrews Castle and Cathedral.  There is also lots to enjoy in the nearby towns and villages such as Anstruther with it’s famous Fish & Chip Bar.

The Forth Road Bridge ©MDHarding
The Forth Rail Bridge ©MDHarding

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the Cambo Estate and the delicate Snowdrops. If you have don’t forget to share!  Have you visited the Snowdrop Festival?  Do you have any highlights you would like to share? Or perhaps are visiting and have a question? Please comment below.  Happy Travels:) x

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