FLOWERING rhododendrons will be on view in the gardens of two of Ayrshire and Arran’s most famous castles from this week.

Culzean and Brodick Castle’s gardens will be taking part in the Scottish Rhododendron Festival from April 1 until May 31.

This year’s Scottish Rhododendron Festival is geared up to be vibrant from day one, as many of these wonderful plants are already in full bloom because of the recent warmer temperatures.

It comprises more than 50 events across Scotland and includes many activities and guided walks throughout the country as gardens, estates and woodlands open to showcase their displays.

Culzean Castle & Country Park is a Four Star VisitScotland attraction and will be offering colourful displays of rhododendrons, many of which are scented and have beautiful barks and leaves for visitors to enjoy.

Brodick Castle’s garden holds a collection of rhododendrons which is known throughout the world. This includes Fortune, a hybrid which has large yellow flowers and has won Best Hybrid in Show at the Scottish Rhododendron Society’s annual show.

Gordon Smith, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: “Culzean and Brodick Castle both boast spectacular gardens where visitors can enjoy a huge variety of plants and wildlife. I’m delighted to see that they are making the most of the Scottish Rhododendron Festival which is sure to bring in visitors.

“These visitors represent a major benefit to the region. Tourism is more than a holiday experience it is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy and touches every community, generating income, jobs and social change.”

For more information visit www.visitscotland.com/blog/scotland/rhododendron-festival/