Discover Scotland’s beautiful coastal gardens, from Himalayan-style Crarae Garden in Argyll to exotic Logan Botanic Garden in Dumfries & Galloway.
In Scotland’s Year of Coasts & Waters 2021, why not venture to a coastal garden or two and admire blossoming displays of native and exotic plantlife in a stunning seaside setting? Wander past rhododendrons, discover new species you haven’t heard of before, learn about conservation, uncover hidden gems in the gardens and more.
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1. LOGAN BOTANIC GARDEN, DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY
Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Logan Botanic Garden is blessed by an almost subtropical climate that allows plants that are rarely seen in the UK to grow and thrive there. Breathe in the rich perfumes in the walled garden and wander through groves of eucalyptus and exotic palm trees.
2. CAMBO ESTATE, FIFE
Located close to St Andrews, on Scotland’s east coast, Cambo Gardens has a beautiful Georgian walled garden that is bursting with colourful flowers and rare plants to explore. Make sure to factor in time to follow the woodland walk to the Fife Coastal Path and breathe in the fresh sea air. Visit in February and early March to see the estate’s famous snowdrops.
3. CRARAE GARDEN, ARGYLL
Created in 1912 by Lady Grace Campbell, Crarae Garden is described as Britain’s finest example of a Himalayan-style garden. Visit to gaze in wonder at champion trees and the garden’s National Collection of southern beech trees.
4. ARDUAINE GARDEN, ARGYLL
An exotic garden located on Scotland’s west coast, Arduaine Garden overlooks the Sound of Jura and is home to a huge array of colourful plants, including giant Himalayan lilies, forget-me-nots, magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons.
5. INVEREWE GARDEN AND ESTATE, HIGHLANDS
Located in the north west Highlands, Inverewe Garden was lovingly cultivated from a barren wilderness by Osgood Mackenzie and his daughter Mairi Sawyer in the 19th century. Some of the beautiful plants you can see include prehistoric trees and rhododendrons from China, Nepal and India.
6. DUNROBIN CASTLE, HIGHLANDS
Laid out in 1850 by Sir Charles Barry – the man who designed the Houses of Parliament – Dunrobin Castle gardens are beautiful examples of formal Victorian gardens and include features such as parterres laid out around circular pools with fountains.