Craigengillan is peacefully set in a rugged landscape, about 14 miles from the sea. Visitors will also have the opportunity to enter the house through the stunning hallway built in 1905 to a design by celebrated French architect Jan Sen, and enjoy tea and scones in the enchanting drawing room and dining room. The estate has a fascinating history and its 3,000 acres are recognised by Historic Scotland in their Inventory of Designed Landscapes. The gardens are beautiful and include a sweeping lawn set among time honoured trees. After exploring the snowdrops, visitors will be able to visit the Observatory as it gets dark (approx. 5:30pm). The Resident Astronomer will give a presentation and, if the sky is clear, visitors will be able to star watch through the powerful telescope to find the Milky Way, shooting stars, planets, comets and maybe even the Northern Lights.
Cringletie enjoys millions of the Genus Galanthus Snowdrops, believed to have been planted and grown wildly since the days of the Crimean War, when soldiers brought them back from their time serving in the army. Today the snowdrops continue to create a blanket of beauty throughout the woods and valley beside its waterfall. Following on from the success of the event in 2015, beautiful lighting in the grounds will showcase the magical glittering of flowers after dark. Visitors can also enjoy specially created Snowdrop Scones which will be served with afternoon tea (prices from £18.50 per person) throughout the festival.Find out more
Abriachan Garden Nursery boasts over four acres of exciting plantings with winding paths through native woodlands and views over Loch Ness.Find out more
Throughout the winter on any day please come and enjoy the endless activities of our Red Squirrels. They are fed around 09.00 on a variety of nuts so mid-morning is a great time to view them. The trees, particularly the conifers, stand out at this time of year along with the colour and texture of the many different barks. We only ask for a donation towards squirrel and bird food at this time of year. Please avoid coming in very icy conditions as our access road is steep.
It would be good to see you to enjoy Cluny and its wildlife at a very different time of year.
This December, Santa is coming to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He will be making his base in the Real Life Science Studio in the John Hope Gateway Visitor Centre at our West Gate, Arboretum Place.
Santa will be at the Botanics on the following days:
Sat 12 Dec, Sun 13 Dec, Sat 19 Dec, Sun 20 Dec, Mon 21 Dec, Tues 22 Dec, Wed 23 Dec and Thur 24 Dec.
He will be available to meet and greet children and parents, and pose for 'Santa Selfies' between 10.30am - 12.30pm, and 1.30pm - 3.30pm.
Come and enjoy the festive season at the Botanics. Meet Santa in our visitor centre, browse for gifts in our lovely festive Botanics Shop and treat yourself to lunch of refreshments from our seasonal menu.Find out more