Best Gardens for Daffodils in Scotland
Compiled Feb 2011 by Debbie Templeton
Brodie Castle, Nairn, Morayshire - The grounds of this castle are famous for their acres of daffodils, where, during the 20th century, over 400 varieties were developed by Major Ian Brodie. The daffodils are at their best from early April. The garden holds the National Collection of Narcissus. Open year-round, daily. Brodie Castle: Brodie, Forres, Morayshire, IV36 2TE - 0844 493 2156. www.nts.org.
Greenback Garden, Glasgow - magnificent displays of 350 different varieties of daffodils. Greenbank Garden: Flenders Road, Clarkston, Glasgow, G76 8RB - 0844 493 2201 www.nts.org.
Threave Garden, Castle Douglas - where the variety 'Southern Gem' appears in a massed planting. Threave Garden: Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG7 1RX - 0844 493 2244 www.nts.org.
Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire - here the 18th century avenue is under-planted with impressive displays of daffodils. Sauchen, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7LD - 0844 493 2164 www.nts.org.
Galloway House Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway - although under restoration, early to late spring is a time of great activity in this 65-acre garden, which benefits from the mild Gulf Stream climate, with snowdrops, daffodils, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias all in bloom. Open Mar-Oct, daily. (01988 600680) www.gallowayhousegardens.co.uk.