Where to See Snowdrops in Scotland – THIS INFORMATIVE ARCHIVE POST HIGHLIGHTS THE SCOTTISH SNOWDROP FESTIVAL OF 2020, CANCELLED FOR OBVIOUS REASONS IN 2021, BUT IT’S STILL A FANTASTIC SOURCE OF INFO REGARDING WHERE TO SEE SNOWDROPS IN SCOTLAND. AND IT GIVES INSIGHT INTO WHAT MIGHT GO AHEAD IN 2022 – FINGERS CROSSED 🙂 PLEASE FOLLOW GUIDELINES REGARDING LOCAL TRAVEL.
If you have any grown up or mini Galanthophiles (snowdrop enthusiasts) then Discover Scottish Gardens has organised a host of venues across Scotland for the 2020 Snowdrop Festival. The festival runs from 25 January – 11 March 2020, and it’s a good excuse to bundle the kids in the car and get outside.
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A real leader in the snowdrops field, Cambo is offering a mix of activities.
For kids and families, choose from the listings below.
Snowdrop Festival Launch! Imbolc Fire Party and Art of Snowdrops exhibition preview – Imbolc is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Expect crafts, campfire and a preview of Cambo’s snowdrops exhibition! Suitable for all the family dogs welcome too. Drop in, free with garden entry. Sunday 2 February 2020 4.00pm – 7.00pm (café open too).
Babes in the Snowdrop Woods – A snowdrop activity walk in the woods for wee ones: buggys, slings and dogs welcome. Walk concludes in the café.(Stories in the Studio is the Plan B in the event of bad weather). Wed 5 Feb and Wed 4 March 2020, 10.00-11.30am. Drop in, free with garden entry.
Kids Snowdrop Camp – Outdoor fun for P1s upwards. Woodland walk and campfire, crafts and cooking. Wed 12 Feb 2020 9.00am–5.00pm. Half day sessions 9.00am-12.30pm or 1.30-5.00pm. £17.50/£35
Herbarium crafts – kids session – Picking, drying, pressing and crafting snowdrops. A walk in the woods to collect snowdrops followed by a pressing and crafting session. Age 8 upwards. Thursday 13 Feb 2020 1.00-3.00pm, £8.00.
Booking essential email@example.com
Grown Up Snowdrop Activities at Cambo
Art of snowdrops exhibition – highlighting our snowdrop herbarium. Monday 3 February – Tuesday 31 March 2020 10.00am-5.00pm. Drop in, free.
Snowdrop highlights tour – Weekdays 3 February – 13 March 2020. 1.30-2.00pm Drop in, free with garden entry.
Crafting your herbarium – flower pressing and printing. Thursdays 6 & 20 February 2020 4.00-6.00pm £10 for two-part session, bookable.
The Galanthophile sessions – in depth with the national snowdrop collection. Thursdays 27 February, 5, 12 March 2020 2.00-4.00pm, £20, £15 RHS, bookable
Talk: Herbaria and their role in current Science with Heleen Plaisier from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Thursday 27 Feb 2020 from 5.00pm £10/ £7.50 RHS, bookable.
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Full listing information – www.cambogardens.org.uk
Explore Sir Fraser’s woodland garden near Ceres. Normally the gardens are only open to visitors strictly by appointment, but they will open 1st Feb – 1st Mar 2020 WEDNESDAY ONLY 10am – 4pm: Scottish Snowdrop Festival. General admission fee £5.
Gardens and grounds will be open to visitors from dawn to dusk daily throughout the 2020 festival.
For a special tour, join the Head Gardener for a guided walk through the snowdrop covered floor. A future snowdrop collections is planned too. The tour includes tea/coffee and scones in the castle tea room. Booking essential – 9 February 2020, 1.30pm.
Experience a woodland walk with a carpet of snowdrops running through it. There will be craft related events for children, run by the rangers. Small pots of snowdrops will be for sale, and snowdrop inspired cakes. 1 March 2020, contact the castle directly for more detailed timings – 0844 493 2164.
Ecclesgreig Castle is also renowned for snowdrops – ecclesgreig.com.
Glamis Castle will host a range of walks, talks and activities to show off swathes of snowdrops to visitors. Look out for Snowdrop Walks on 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, 29 February 2020 and 1 March 2020. And consider their Snowdrop Planting Weekend on 22 and 23 February 2020. Read more about what Glamis Castle offers families here.
House of Dun and Barnhill Rock Garden will also be welcoming people to view their snowdrops. nts.org.uk/visit/places/house-of-dun & barnhillrockgarden.org.uk although I can’t see much on their Events pages about it.
Make more of your time in Angus, by dropping by the V&A.
Blair Castle Blair
Blair Castle will be open for one Saturday to participate in the Snowdrop Festival. This year the castle is supporting Marie Curie Scotland and the Scotland’s Gardens Scheme. 15 February 2020, 12.00-4.00pm, Adults £5, Children under 12 free.
Where will you discover snowdrops across the 600 acres of the Culzean estate? Enjoy walks through the woodland, past secluded ponds and along the clifftop, taking in the expansive Ayrshire views. Take in the castle itself, the Walled Garden, Swan Pond, Deer Park, and Adventure Cove for wee ones.
Grab your NTS membership here.
Kelburn Castle and Estate
Experience Kelburn’s snowdrop from 1st Feb–08 March 2020 (Weekends only). Entrance to the grounds is £3 for Adults and £2 for children and concession.
The palace grounds will be open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 31 January – 8 March 2020 for the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Discover carpets of snowdrops throughout the grounds, lining Lime Avenue and hiding beneath the towering conifers. The cafe should be open for a warming scone at the end of your walk. Open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am-4.00pm. FREE admission.
The current Head Gardener at Branklyn has been busy. He’s introduced over 200 varieties of snowdrop, which have been planted in the garden over the last few years. The estate reports that ‘early January this year, there were already over 20 varieties in full flower, including ‘The Laird’, ‘Faringdon Double’, ‘Gerard Parker’ and G. elwesii’.’
Walk around the garden during the weekends of 16–17 and 23–24 February 2020 (the garden is closed for the rest of the winter season) to see the full range of snowdrops, along with many other spring-flowering bulbs.
Cluny House Gardens, Princeland House and Riverside Park are also participating in the festival.
For a complete guide to Perthshire with kids, click here for the lowdown.
Edinburgh & the Lothian
Royal Botanic Garden
This very special garden marks its 350th anniversary in 2020. Visit and explore the gardens for yourself, or join one of the guided tours on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. In February, there’s also a ‘kids eat free’ offer in the Gateway Restaurant.
As part of this annual festival Hopetoun’s grounds are open on Sunday 16th February 2020. Set off on a self-led wander and explore the natural snowdrop display. There will be maps and a trail for children and adults to follow.. The Stables Kitchen is open exclusively to Snowdrop Sunday visitors. Cost: £5 adult, £2.50 child.
There will also be a ranger led guided walk at 10.30am and 2.00pm. Booking is essential on email@example.com or 0131 319 3956.
House of Binns, West Lothian
A Walk in the Woods – 8 February–3 March 2020 – Explore this 18th-century parkland and discover drifts of snowdrops planted by Eleanor Dalyell in the woodland adjacent to the house.
Read up about NTS membership here.
Newhailes House and Gardens
This 80-acre estate boast carpets of snowdrops and other early blooming wildflowers throughout the spring. Saturday 25 January 2020, from 10.00am.
A National Trust for Scotland property – so look into membership here.
Shepherd House Garden
Shepherd House Garden is a small formal garden of approx one acre. Its snowdrops are grown in beds and borders so don’t expect acres of snowdrops, but do look out for a growing collection of specialist snowdrops, snowdrop hybrids and cultivars.
Dawyck Botanic Garden
Look out for snowdrops set against the backdrop of the Scrape Burn. Or join a guided tour with an expert every Sunday in February and March. The Guided Walk is free plus normal Garden admission, so phone 01721 760254 to book. Sunday 2nd February 2020 – Sunday 23rd February 2020. 1.45-2.45pm.
Read more about Dawyck and discover a full guide to what else families can up to in the Borders here.
Drop in to Dryburgh and learn more about this historic site. Join the Rangers to explore the pure white snowdrops, heritage trees and wildlife. Drop in event 10.00am-2.00pm, no need to book. Ranger led walks at 11.00am and 12.30pm. For more information call 0131 652 8150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dryburgh is a Historic Environment Scotland property – consider membership here.
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Logan Botanic Garden
Logan Botanic Garden is open on Sundays in February 2020 from 10am-4pm for Snowdrop Sunday. Enjoy a walk around the Garden and see drifts of pure white snowdrops. The Potting Shed Bistro should be open 11.00am-3.00pm. Booking not required. Entry by Donation. Sunday 2nd February 2020 – Sunday 23rd February 2020.
Follow a trail through our garden and woodlands to discover Threave’s natural snowdrop displays.
Perhaps also take the opportunity to visit the house (open 11am–3pm) for an informal self-guided tour.
A National Trust for Scotland property – so get your membership here.
Don’t book your break in Dumfries & Galloway until you’ve read this.
Though the castle’s closed during January and February, visitors are welcome to explore the gardens during daylight hours in return for a donation. Explore a 40 acre woodland garden, and take in the ruins of Armadale Castle and views to the snowy Knoydart.
Duvnegan will also be celebrating its snowdrops with two open days on Saturday 8 February and Tuesday 18 February 2020, from 10.00am-2.00pm. Entry is free, and there will be a guided tour with the Head Gardener. Tea and coffee are available in the café, with all donations going to local charities. Let’s blossom!
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