I can’t believe it’s snowdrop time of year again. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to these wonderful species with the annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival in Dumfries and Galloway, which runs from 4 February – 18 March.
There are four impressive gardens in this pocket of south west Scotland, which all boast striking displays of this delicate winter flower including:
Logan Botanic Gardens: open from 1-22 February. I haven’t visited Logan in February before and so I’m very much looking forward to a trip there next month to see the swathes of snowdrops and the early flowering camellias and rhododendrons. A visit to Logan wouldn’t be complete without having lunch or a cuppa at the wonderful Potting Shed Bistro. I’m desperately hoping the raspberry cheese cake might be on the menu – it’s divine stuff.
Dunskey Gardens: open on 14-15 February and 21-22 February – there are an incredible 43 named varieties to be seen throughout the wonderful woodland walks – a truly inspiring winter’s day out. And after a pleasant walk through the woods and getting desperately lost in the excellent maze, a visit to the tearoom is a must. Last time we were there, we walked from our soon to be launched cottage, Cedar Lodge, which is just beside the golf course in Portpatrick, across the golf course and into Dunskey Estate and we sat outside drinking tea (and eating cake) in the walled garden, soaking up the last of the summer sun – just magical.
Castle Kennedy Gardens is open from 1 February – 18 March. Explore the pretty woodland walks between the two lochs. Craichlaw, near Kirkcowan, is an extensive private garden with beautiful displays round the loch and in the woodland and is open from 1 February to 15 March by prior arrangement.
We will also have a great show of snowdrops through the woods here at Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages.
Come and stay at Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages during February and March and enjoy the snowdrops in style. For further information about this year’s Scottish Snowdrop Festival, visit VisitScotland’s website or Scotland’s Garden Scheme.