Times have changed for the humble snowdrop. The ‘venturous harbinger of Spring’ as Wordsworth described it has moved centre stage in recent years with a host of activities celebrating its arrival each February. The Cambo Estate near St Andrews hosts a fortnight long Snowdrop Festival where you can wander around 70 acres of woodland glittering with over 300 varieties of snowdrop. Even more enchanting, this weekend you can experience Snowdrops by Starlight (tickets required). The festival is on now and runs until 3 March.

snowdrops by starlight

Similar activities are being held at the beautiful Falkland Estate and at Valleyfield Woodland Park outside Dunfermline. Hill of Tarvit, Kellie Castle and Balmerino Abbey are other good places in Fife to do a bit of snowdrop spotting. See visitscotland.com/snowdrop for news of events in the rest of the country.

Image top shows Gathering Snowdrops, painted in 1917 by Edward Hornel.