Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Sutherland, North Highlands


Scotland's Gardens and Parks

Stroll along ancient avenues of rustling beeches. Breathe in the perfume of colourful flowerbeds as busy bees buzz happily around you. Watch stealthy herons as they search for lunch in tinkling streams. 

Whenever you visit, there's always something new in Scotland's gardens, parks, woodlands and plant nurseries to discover. From our four Royal Botanic Gardens and beautiful urban green spaces, to historic castle gardens and country parks, return to nature and let Scotland soothe your spirits.

There are over 400 gardens, woodlands and plant nurseries to visit in Scotland and Discover Scottish Gardens has information about many of them.

Scotland's Garden Scheme is a charity that works with many of Scotland's gardens (some not normally open to visitors), to hold Open Days to raise funds for good causes.

Green Cities and Country Parks

Green Cities

Scotland's seven cities contain many tranquil green spaces, which are perfect for quiet contemplation or a relaxing stroll:

  • Edinburgh is blessed with Princes Street Gardens at its very heart.
  • Although Glasgow has a powerful industrial heritage, it's one of Europe's greenest cities. Head for Kelvingrove Park or Glasgow Green and you'll see what we mean.
  • Camperdown Country Park in Dundee feels more like a country estate than an urban green space.
  • And in Aberdeen, lovely Hazlehead Park with its woodlands, rose gardens, maze and golf courses is just one of 13 parks in the city.

Country Parks

Head a little out of the cities and you'll find wonderful country parks that are ideal for a family day out.

Just a short bus ride or drive from Edinburgh will take you to Vogrie by Gorebridge, Dalkeith, Beecraigs just outside Linlithgow and Roslin Glen which you'll find between Roslin, Auchendinny and Rosewell.

On the outskirts of Glasgow explore Calderglen in East Kilbride and Strathclyde country park a little further east or Cathkin Braes near Cambuslang. To the north of the city Mugdock and Palacerigg country parks are well worth a visit.

Angus, north of Dundee is also renowned for its parks, which include Monikie, Crombie and Forfar Loch.

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