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Snowdrops of Eastern Scotland – Garden Tour

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Departing by Coach
Duration 4 Days
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As the dainty white flowers of the snowdrop break through the winter frosts, it’s a sure sign that spring is on the way. This tour takes us to some of the most dazzling displays of Galanthus to be found on the eastern side of Scotland.

Our visits include Cambo Gardens, home to the Plant Heritage national collection of snowdrops, and the private gardens of Laundry Cottage and Bruckhills Croft, with their informal cottage-style gardens.

At Dunninald Castle, carpets of snowdrops can be seen throughout the woods and walled garden and at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, there is a collection of specialist snowdrops.

Other visits include Barnhill Rock Garden which spans more than two hectares; Fyvie Castle whose woods are filled with snowdrops from mid-January until late February and the Cruickshank Botanic Garden in Old Aberdeen.

What You’ll Love

  • Private Gardens of Laundry Cottage and Bruckhills Croft
  • Cambo Estate and its specialist snowdrop collection hosting 200 varieties
  • Cruickshank Botanic Garden
  • Fyvie Castle and its woodlands
  • Tour of the Dunninald Castle and Gardens
  • Tour of the snowdrop collection at Edinburgh Botanic Garden
  • Comfortable coaching throughout with ferry transfers
  • Services of a professional tour manager

Single Supplements apply. Subject to availability.


Day 1 

We depart from our designated pick-up points for the Cambo Estate near St Andrews, where we can enjoy the winter garden and specialist snowdrop collection with over 200 varieties. Lady Magdalen Erskine was a keen gardener and with the help of her family encouraged the spread of snowdrops throughout the 70 acres of woodland. We can enjoy a guided tour before a light lunch with refreshments.

We continue toward Dundee where we find Barnhill Rock Garden which spans two hectares of a former nine-hole golf course which was laid out when the Dundee to Aberdeen railway line was built. Started in 1955 by clearing an area of volcanic rock, the garden has since been extended and now includes a pergola, the Geddes Glasshouse and the ‘Snowdrop Wood’.

Day 2 

After breakfast this morning, we pay a visit to the private garden at Laundry Cottage, an informal cottage style garden located close to the River Bogie. The area surrounding the cottage contains a variety of herbaceous plants, shrubs, trees, an orchard area as well as fruit and vegetable plots ensuring there is year-round interest for visitors.

This afternoon we explore the Cruickshank Botanic Garden, an 11-acre area in Old Aberdeen that includes shrub borders, a rock and water garden and is home to a nationally important collection of over 2,500 labelled plants.

Day 3 

We make our way to a private garden located in the rural village of Rothienorman, Bruckhills Croft. This cottage-style garden extends to almost three quarters of an acre and a further acre includes a wildflower meadow and pond. This garden was awarded National Garden Collection status in 2021 for snowdrops so we can expect an impressive display.

Later we depart for Fyvie Castle where the woodlands are carpeted from mid-January until late February with pearly Galanthus. Talk a walk through the restored Walled Garden and America Garden enjoying the crisp winter weather.

Day 4

We leave Aberdeen and head south to Dunninald Castle and Gardens situated on the Angus coastline. Here we get our Galanthus fix from the carpet of snowdrops strewn throughout the woodland and in the walled garden. We also explore the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh, where we view a collection of specialist snowdrops. We return to our original pick-up points.

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