Castle Kennedy Gardens

Parks & Gardens

Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 8SJ

    These lavish gardens set in 75 acres of outstanding natural beauty on an isthmus between two lochs were laid out in 1730 around the ruins of Castle Kennedy.

    The gardens are internationally famous for their varied species of rhododendrons, including many of Sir Joseph Hooker's original introductions from his Himalayan expedition. Along with a vast collection of azaleas, magnolias and embrothriums they give spectacular vibrancy in late May and June.

    The annual display of colour in the Walled Garden is a highlight, while autumn sees the mature beech in the gardens against the beautiful backdrop of larch on the hills. The carpet of snowdrops is a must-see in late winter.

    There are 6 British and 11 Scottish champion trees while the gardens are home to a variety of exotic trees and plants, a monkey puzzle avenue and the spectacular 2-acre circular lily pond.

    The charming tearoom offers delicious home baking or a light lunch. There is also a packed events calendar, a gift shop, a plant centre and children's activities and facilities.

    4 Garden
    Mobility difficulties
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    4 Feb 2014 - 31 Oct 2014

    Garden open weekends only 10.00am until 5.00pm February and March. Gardens open daily 10.00am until 5.00pm 1st April to 31st October.


    • Vegetarian Food Available
    • Tea & Coffee Available From Tearoom
    • Cafe / Restaurant available on site


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • American Express Card
    • Switch Card
    • Cash
    • Mastercard
    • VISA Card


    • Parking


    • Children's Menu Available
    • Highchair Available
    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location
    • Lochside Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Special Requirements

    • Senior Citizens
    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Families
    • School Groups Welcome
    • Dogs Welcome Dogs should please be kept on a lead at all times
    • Groups Welcome

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Religious Ceremony
    • Reception Facilities
    • Civil Ceremony

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