Some of Scotland’s most beautiful, haunting and unusual trees will be celebrated in the coming months when the Scottish Tree Festival returns to Aberdeenshire.
Organised by national garden tourism group Discover Scottish Gardens and supported by Visit Scotland, the event aims to inspire local people and tourists to take a trip outdoors and enjoy Scotland’s spectacular array of diverse woodlands and gardens.
More than 70 nationwide activities will be held from September 28 to December 1, including nine in Aberdeenshire, to showcase the region’s rich and varied tree life.
The festival returns after a highly successful first year with continued participation from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), Historic Environment Scotland and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
A wide range of north east premises will be involved in the nature show.
These include Crathes Castle at Banchory, Drum Castle at Drumoak, Castle Fraser, near Sauchen, Fyvie Castle, near Turriff, Haddo House at Methlick and Leith Hall in Huntly.
Visit Scotland’s regional director, Jo Robinson, said: “I am thrilled to see the Scottish Tree Festival return to Aberdeenshire for its second year.
“This festival offers an opportunity for visitors to experience Scotland’s rich autumn colours and enjoy some of the unique stories surrounding the trees.
“Promoting events that share the tourism windfall in lesser known parts of Scotland and out with peak times of the year is key for Visit Scotland.
“Events like this are a great way for visitors to discover new attractions and ensure the benefits of tourism are felt across the country throughout the year.”
The Tree Festival has also teamed up with ScotRail to offer its customers the chance of winning tickets to an associate member of the festival.
For more information and event listings for this year’s festival, visit http://discoverscottishgardens.org/events