Great places to experience the Scottish Snowdrop Festival in the Borders

The recent milder conditions may be giving us false hope in the Borders for an early spring, but either way it won’t be long before the region is carpeted by snowdrops.

By Kevin Janiak
Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 3:05 pm

And, just in time, the Scottish Snowdrop Festival begins on Saturday, January 25, with venues across the region taking part.

This popular flowering plant can be seen in several of the south of Scotland’s finest gardens, woodlands, and estates, which are opening their doors for the 14th year of this beloved festival.

Local properties including Dawyck Botanic Garden, Cringletie Hotel, Floors Castle and Dryburgh Abbey will host walks, talks and activities to show off swathes of snowdrops to visitors.

Snowdrops at Cringletie

Snowdrops first appeared in Scotland in the 18th century.

The plant is not native to Britain, but its hardiness and adaptability allows it to thrive in the Scottish climate.

Its botanical name is Galanthus, which means milk flower – an apt name for the dainty white flower whose buds look like drops of milk hanging from the stem.

Catherine Erskine, chair of Discover Scottish Gardens and founder of the Snowdrop Festival in Scotland, said: “Snowdrops foretell the changing of the seasons and, for many of us, they are a welcome indicator that spring is just around the corner. We are very lucky in Scotland to have such a fantastic climate for snowdrops, with many species flourishing here and creating magnificent displays across the Borders.

Snowdrops at Dawyck.

“Many of the festival venues are in the grounds of some of Scotland’s most historic buildings and estates, creating a spectacular sight.

“We hope the festival will encourage people to go outdoors and discover this beautiful flower alongside the region’s stunning gardens.”

Snowdrops at Dryburgh Abbey.