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.