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  • Danevale, Kirkcudbrightshire © Mary McIlvenna
    Danevale, Kirkcudbrightshire © Mary McIlvenna
  • Keldaberg, Shetland
    Keldaberg, Shetland
  • Kincardine Estate, Aberdeenshire
    Kincardine Estate, Aberdeenshire
  • Parkhead, Dunbartonshire
    Parkhead, Dunbartonshire

Over 600 of Scotland’s privately owned gardens and estates participate in Scotland’s Gardens' programme which allows you to enter into beautiful gardens, not usually open to the public, in aid of charity.

Whichever part of Scotland you choose to visit, you’ll find a colourful haven right on your doorstep. The National Trust for Scotland has over 35 glorious gardens under itscare, while the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh boasts four magnificent locations, from its spectacular flagship garden in Edinburgh to the mountainside Benmore Botanic Garden in beautiful Argyll.

Whether you want to discover formal walled gardens, small country gardens or fancy exploring creative gardens where you can see nature and art working in perfect harmony, you’ll find a plethora of gardens to visit, each bursting with colour and interest all year round.

In spring, tread carefully amidst carpets of bluebells and wild hyacinths and enjoy the magnificent colours of rhododendrons and azaleas between March and June. In summer, see amazingly colourful herbaceous borders and breathe in the intoxicating scent from the rose gardens which fills the air. During autumn the tree-lined hillsides, gorges and gardens blaze with fiery hues. In winter, look out for colourful winter berries and carpets of beautiful white snowdrops which can be seen in castle grounds, winter woodlands and even by starlight as part of the annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival.

As many of the gardens are also private homes, the opening times and dates vary with some only opening by arrangement, so make sure you check before making your trip. You can also purchase Gardens of Scotland guidebook, compiled by Scotland’s Gardens, which lists all gardens in the scheme.