Castle Kennedy Gardens

Parks & Gardens

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

    Magnificent Castle Kennedy Gardens are among the most famous and the most child friendly in Scotland

    75 acres of spectacularly designed loch-side landscape, create a romantic garden paradise with quite literally something for everyone to enjoy – regardless of age. Dogs are welcome too!  From stunning fauna to beautiful scenery, sculpted landforms, spectacular walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland. The inspiration of the 2nd Earl of Stair in the 1730s, the colourful displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and embothriums and legendary, so too many rare and exotic plants, 20 Champion Trees,  the walled garden, atmospheric avenues and the romantic ruins of 16th Century Castle Kennedy.  While garden and plant lovers will find much to relish families can also have great fun enjoying the host of exciting, nature-based Ranger- led activities throughout the season such as the popular Photo and Animal Safaris, Pond Dipping and Mini-Beast Hunts. Open Air Theatre performed against the dramatic backdrop of the Castle ruin itself creates another unique experience for visitors to enjoy.

    4 Garden
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    4 Feb 2016 - 31 Oct 2016

    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.


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


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden
    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

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


    • Parking


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


    • Picnic Area


    • Lochside Location
    • Rural Location
    • Sea/Loch View

    Special Requirements

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

    Wedding Services

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

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