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Snowdrops and Winter Walks

There’s such an excitement when the first snowdrops emerge through the icy ground, pushing away the remains of the autumn leaves. These very first flowers of the year remind us that spring will return.

Whether you’re a galanthophile (snowdrop-lover), or just looking for a bit of fresh air, there are plenty of places for you to explore. So, this year wrap up warm, grab your family and friends and enjoy a brisk winter constitutional among some of Scotland’s best snowdrop and winter gardens.

Kirkton Manor House ©Kathy Henry
Kirkton Manor House ©Kathy Henry


Tip: Snowdrops and Winter Walks could be a perfect choice for those looking for low-key Valentine’s Day ideas. If you want to avoid clichéd activities on 14 February, take your loved one outside for a romantic winter walk. This could be a memorable day for both of you, and very different to a dinner out in a busy restaurant. Make sure to take pictures of yourselves amongst the snowdrops! Many of the gardens provide homemade teas.

Bruckhills Croft (Aberdeenshire)

Laundry Cottage (Aberdeenshire)

Dunninald Castle (Angus & Dundee)

Lawton House (Angus & Dundee)

Craig (Dumfriesshire)

Shepherd House (East Lothian)

Auchtertool House (Fife)

Millfield Garden (Fife)

Ecclesgreig Castle (Kincardine & Deeside)

Barholm Castle (Kirkcudbrightshire)

Cleghorn (Lanarkshire)

10 Pilmuir Road West (Moray & Nairn)

Kailzie Gardens (Peeblesshire & Tweeddale)

Kirkton Manor House (Peeblesshire & Tweeddale)

Braco Castle (Perth & Kinross)

Cloan (Perth & Kinross) (20 February CANCELLED)

Fingask Castle (Perth & Kinross)

Princeland House (Perth & Kinross)

Craichlaw (Wigtownshire)

10 Pilmuir Road West, Lady Beatrix Stanley
10 Pilmuir Road West, Lady Beatrix Stanley

Also this winter, Discover Scottish Gardens - supported by Visit Scotland, will organise The Scottish Snowdrop Festival from 25 January to 11 March and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is participating with its Snowdrops and Winter Walks. For details of all the gardens and grounds taking part in the event, visit Discover Scottish Gardens.

Let us know about your winter walks! Use hashtag #lovescotlandsgardens and tag @scotlandgardenscheme on Instagram, @scotlandsgardens on Facebook and @scotgardens on Twitter.