This remarkable 2 acre botanic garden, Lea Gardens, on the West Mainland of Shetland is home to an incredible array of native and exotic plants.
Begun in the early 1980s by Rosa Steppanova, this lovingly maintained garden boasts the largest plant collection north of Inverewe with 1,500 species and cultivars. View beautiful plants and flowers from as far afield as New Zealand, South Africa and South American alongside fine native varieties. A recipient of the 2011 Shetland Environmental Award, the garden’s diverse collection means that there is always something to see regardless of the time of year. To reach the garden from Lerwick, take the A970 north before turning left at Tingwall onto A971. Continue past Weisdale along Weisdale Voe, and onwards up Weisdale hill. After descending the hill, Lea Gardens can be seen to the right surrounded by trees.