Spring is just round the corner... the snowdrops are in full bloom just now it's worth while going for a walk - starting from the castle carpark a coastal walk with dogs allowed heads out past the duke’s cemetery before dropping down and looping back along the shore.
visitors without dogs may enter through the side gates to the garden. the terraces give good views of the snowdrops in the garden. from the lower terrace you can turn east and see more snowdrops in the museum woods.
interesting fact -
galantophiles (that’s greek for “snowdrop anoraks”) come here looking for a snowdrop that was raised at dunrobin in the 1880s. galanthus ‘melvillei’ was probably a tetraploid (4 sets of chromosomes) making it extra large but tending to revert over time to a more ordinary size. it doesn’t seem to have survived here but some clumps in the museum wood still stand head and shoulders above their neighbours. they have similar markings to the ones david melville described for his snowdrop so they may be its descendents.
david melville has a family headstone in the upper part of the old cemetery in golspie. a few interesting snowdrops survive in and around the grave enclosure.