Snowdrop Spotting in the South

by Sara Barton, 9th January 2023
Snowdrop Spotting in the South

Did you know there is a special word just for snowdrop enthusiasts? If you go snowdrop spotting each year as winter turns to spring, you can consider yourself a Galanthophile. And the South of Scotland is the perfect place to be, with an abundance of these gorgeous little white flowers. There is even an annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival which offers glimpses into otherwise unseen gardens as well as some we have listed below. But no need to wait – here’s our guide on where to see these darling flowers bobbing their heads in the winter sunshine.

Drumlanrig Castle

Where: Thornhill

As winter turns to spring there are sure signs of snowdrops along the walks and trails at Drumlanrig Castle. Keep your eyes on their social media for news of way-marked route around the Gardens. Guests can discover the variety of snowdrops on display before heading to the Larchwood Cabin for delicious take-away coffees, cakes and traybakes. And you can bring your four-legged friends along too.

Snowdrops at Drumlanrig Castle will be on display the first weekend in March 2023.
Snowdrop spotting at Drumlanrig Castle near Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway.

Floors Castle

Where: Kelso

The Gardens at Floors Castle are open daily in the winter (but the site is only accessible via the Terrace Café and Gardens entrance on the B6397). Take a stroll through the trees and along the woodland footpaths to see a carpet of snowdrop splendour. Both the Woodland and Riverside Walks are a great spot for an adventure for your four-legged friends whilst you enjoy unique views and beautifully kept grounds.

All that exercise is bound to make you hungry so be sure to drop into the Terrace Café, or perhaps the Apple Shed Gift Shop & Deli.

Will you go snowdrop spotting at Floors Castle for a weekend in February?
Enjoy the grounds of Floors Castle for a bit of winter snowdrop spotting.

Royal Botanic Garden Logan

Where: Port Logan

Visit Scotland’s most exotic (and southwesterly) garden and see the delicate swathes of snowdrops popping their heads up as spring starts to appear. Logan Botanic Garden will be opening for the weekends throughout February from 10am-4pm for visitors. Snowdrops are not the only flowers to pop out early and in the Walled Garden there are already some colourful blooms from early rhododendrons. You can warm and fortify yourself afterwards in the Potting Shed Bistro.

Snowdrop weekends at Logan Botanic Gardens offer the ideal opportunity to go snowdrop spotting.
Logan Botanic Garden is open for snow drop spotting for the weekends throughout February.

Dawyck Botanic Garden

Where: Stobo

Over in the Borders, Logan’s sister garden, Dawyck Botanic Garden opens from the 1st February and invites visitors to learn about the garden’s magnificient plant collection and take in the magical snowdrops carpetting the banks of Scrape Burn.

The banks of the Scrape Burn at Dawyck Botanic Garden offer the ideal opportunity for snowdrop spotting this February.
The banks of the Scrape Burn at Dawyck Botanic Garden covered in snowdrops.


Where: Peebles

Feast your eyes on millions of the Genus Galanthus, or Snowdrops, which are throught to have been brought back to Cringletie by soliders from the Crimean War. The descendents of those snowdrops now create a stunning blanket of white throughout the woods and valley in the grounds of this 28-acre estate. Once you’ve had your fill of bracing fresh air and the delicate blooms, give way to your grumbling tummies and enjoy a scrumptious afternoon tea. Of course the option of staying for a weekend winter break may be too hard to resist for some.

Go for the snowdrops and be tempted by afternoon tea or a winter break at Cringletie House.

Threave Gardens

Where: Castle Douglas

Threave Gardens is opens daily from 8th January and it certainly does have an excellent display of snowdrops. Did you know that unlike many other spring bulbs, snowdrops need to be planted ‘in the green’, that is to say once the flowering has finished but while there are still green stems? If you’re in need of sustenance, never fear there is a café and visitor centre to warm up and relax after you’ve made your way around the estate gardens.

Threave Gardens will be opening in early January to welcome visitors to spot the first signs of spring. Credit: Threave Garden Facebook.


Where: Melrose

There are plenty of snowdrops to spot in the woodland around the estate at Sir Walter Scott’s home, Abbotsford. Abbotsford’s house and gardens, café, shop and free Sir Walter Scott exhibition are open every day 10am- 4pm. The great man was a firm believer in the mental health benefits of a good walk outdoors. “Fighting with this fiend is not always the best way to conquer him. I have always found exercise and the open air better than reasoning.” – Sir Walter Scott on the fiend of depression.

There are plenty of snowdrops around the grounds and woodland at Abbotsford. Credit: Abbotsford FB.

Glenwhan Gardens

Where: Dunragit

As one would expect from this excellent garden, there is a fabulous display of snowdrops at Glenwhan Gardens in Dunragit near Stranraer. This 12-acre garden hewn out of bracken, gorse and willow over 30 years is a gem of a garden and a pleasure to visit anytime of year. Enjoy the winding paths, seats and sculptures as you take in the tranquillity of the garden and the gently bobbing heads of the humble snowdrops.

Spring time bench with azaleas and rhododendron, Glenwhan Gardens
The winter snow gives way to floral displays of snowdrops in February at Glenwhan Gardens.

Dryburgh Abbey

Where: St Boswells

Swathes of white carpet the woodland around Dryburgh Abbey, a remarkably complete medieval ruin by the River Tweed. Known as one of the four great abbeys of the Borders, it is also the burial place of Sir Walter Scott. Its grounds are now open although the abbey itself remains closed. Check Historic Scotland for updates on openings.

Snowdrop spotting at Dryburgh Abbey
Snowdrops aplenty at the medieval ruin of Dryburgh Abbey.