Best snowdrop walks in Northern Ireland
Breaking through the frosted ground, snowdrops are a welcome sign of spring and can be found in gardens, forests and grasslands across Northern Ireland.
Part of the Amaryllidaceae family, snowdrops grow in well-drained, fertile soil and habitats that provide full or partial sunlight. This hardy perennial plant can survive more than two years in the wild and can be spotted growing in abundance from late January through to March.
Carpets of white, dropping snowdrop heads are a sight to behold and snowdrop walks are a popular winter activity.
Magical snowdrop walks can be enjoyed at the following places:
Did you know…
- There are 20 recognised species of snowdrop.
- Snowdrops are threatened because of the uncontrolled collecting of plants from the wild. Some species of snowdrops are listed as vulnerable or even endangered.
- The scientific name for the snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis. Name is coined from the Greek words "gala", which means milk, and "anthos" which means flower. Second part of the name, "nivalis", originates from Latin language and it means snow.
- Snowdrops have a naturally occurring substance in them called galantamine. This is sold as a medication for Alzheimer’s disease under the name of Reminyl.
- Snowdrops are seen as a symbol of hope, consolation and purity