Top 10 Spots For Snowdrops In Scotland

Where better to see snowdrops in all their fabulous glory than against a backdrop of gorgeous Scottish countryside? Scotland’s snowdrop displays last throughout February and March so now is the ideal time to take a campervan or motorhome on a snowdrop viewing road trip.

Cambo Estate, St Andrews, Fife 

Combine a woodland walk on the 70-acre Cambo Estate, which is home to the national collection of snowdrops.

Castle Kennedy and Gardens, Stranraer

Tucked away in the quiet south-west of Scotland is Castle Kennedy Gardens, where you can enjoy annual snowdrop walks. The garden also includes sculpted landforms, stunning fauna, popular bird hides and a family fun programme of events.

Cringletie House, Peebles,

Feast your eyes on millions of the Genus Galanthus Snowdrops, which are believed to have been planted and grown wildly at Cringletie since the days of the Crimean War.

The snowdrops create a stunning blanket of beauty throughout the woods and valley beside a waterfall.

Dawyck Botanic Gardens, Stobo

Dawyck is acclaimed as one of the world’s finest arboreta. During the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, visitors can enjoy views of the gorgeous white bloom via trails and walks. The Garden also has a visitor centre.

Dunninald Gardens, Aberdeenshire

A gorgeous carpet of snowdrops can be seen in the woods and wild garden of Dunninald.

Finlaystone Country Estate, Renfrewshire

Picture a scene of snowdrifts of snowdrops with flowing burns and cascading waterfalls. Visitors can follow the self-led snowdrop stroll, discover formal gardens, woodland trails and enjoy imaginative children’s play areas.

Glenwhan Garden, Dunragit, near Stranraer

Described as “one of the best newly created gardens in recent times”, Glenwhan boasts wonderful displays of snowdrops. Thirty years ago, there was nothing but bracken, gorse and willows but careful planting has created a 12-acre garden filled with glorious collections of plants from around the world. Winding paths, seats, sculptures and water all add to the tranquil atmosphere.

10 Pilmuir Road West, Forres

In early spring you might expect to see around 150 named snowdrops, some of which are very rare, at this beautiful small town garden. The garden is also managed without any use of artificial fertilisers or chemicals and the owner encourages hedgehogs, toads and wild birds to control the slugs.

The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Founded in the 17th century as a physic garden, the botanic garden now it extends to four gardens each boasting a rich living collection of plants.

During the Scottish Snowdrop Festival guided tours will showcase the Royal Botanic Garden’s collection of specialist snowdrops.

West Plean House, near Stirling

Visitors can stroll into the Walled Garden and take a walk through the newly developed Azalea and Rhododendron plantings. There are also woodland walks with snowdrops and a panoramic view over seven counties.