A SCOTTISH castle is inviting visitors to plant snowdrops amid the country's annual Snowdrop Festival.

Organised by Discover Scottish Gardens in association with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, the festival runs from January 27 until March 11.

Glamis Castle is joining in on the celebrations of spring by encouraging visitors to plant their own snowdrops in the castle grounds.

For keen gardeners, a selection of both single and double snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis and Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno’) are available for planting.

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The Snowdrop Festival will take place over the weekends February 17-18 and again on February 24-25. The event is available as part of a general admission ticket. Gardening tools will also be supplied but visitors are encouraged to bring their own trowel, gardening gloves and a kneeler should they prefer.

Head gardener, Des Cotton, is inviting visitors to also explore the castle’s nature trail where the planting of snowdrops will take place.

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Cotton said: “We are really looking forward to the welcoming the Snowdrop Festival to Glamis Castle. We have over 650 years of history within the grounds here at Glamis and the special snowdrop planting that will take place over these weekends in February presents a unique opportunity for visitors to be part of our castle’s journey.

"We look forward to welcoming each and every one of you."

Other events include a glimpse behind the walls of private gardens such as Dunimarle near Culross (February 10-11); tours of one of the country’s leading botanical artists, Ann Fraser at Shepherd House, Inveresk (February 18); and nature walks at Cluny House, Aberfeldy (March 10-11).

Cambo House near St Andrews is where the Snowdrop Festival began, more than a decade ago, and this year, it will host events including "snowdrops by the snow moon" (February 24) and a day of specialist snowdrops (February 14).

You can find more information here.