Crarae Garden

Parks & Gardens

Inveraray, Argyll, Argyll, PA32 8YA

    Crarae Garden lies 10 miles south of Inveraray in Argyll and is a Himalayan-style exotic garden, managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

    Crarae Garden stretches to around 25 hectares and features important collections of plants and trees. These include ones of the most significant groups of rhododendrons in Scotland. Other species of note are part of the National Collection of Nothofagus (beech trees) and acer and eucalyptus trees.

    The garden is set on a hillside down which tumbles the Crarae Burn and the scene is reminiscent of a Himalayan gorge. The surrounding tree and shrub collections have been planted for artistic and naturalistic effect.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

    All year, daily, 9.30-sunset

    Visitor Centre:
    1 April to 31 August, daily, 10-5
    1 September to 31 October, Thurs-Mon, 10-5


    • Shop The gift shop sells a large selection of adult and children's books, local crafts, pocket money toys and Trust products. The newly re-opened plants sales area at Crarae is 3 times the size it was. It offers a superb range of Tree Shop plants and is well worth a visit.
    • Tea & Coffee Available There is a small refreshments area available in the Visitor Centre, selling hot and cold drinks and prepacked snacks.


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Special Requirements

    • Dogs Welcome Dogs are allowed on a short lead.


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome


    • Picnic Area


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point
    • Parking

    Public Transport Directions

    Crarae Garden is 10 miles S of Inveraray.

    By road
    A83 Ordnance Survey Ref: NR986973

    By bus
    Infrequent services from Glasgow via Inveraray, and Campbeltown via Lochgilphead, pass the garden entrance; West Coast Motors (01546) 552319 or Citylink 0871 266 3333


    Transport within Scotland

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    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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