5 Must-Visit Scottish Garden

DATE: May 17, 2019

AUTHOR: TeamTirindrish

Thinking about taking a trip up to Scotland soon?

Don’t miss out on visiting one of these fantastic gardens…

Scotland is home to dozens of stunning gardens, ranging from formal Castle-bound affairs to huge botanical gardens in major cities. Maintaining and growing a garden in Scotland is by no means an easy task, that hasn’t stopped intrepid Scottish gardeners from across the country contending with the ever changing weather, Japanese knotweed infestations (all the legal implications that come with them) and a lack of funding.

Inveraray Castle, Inveraray

One of the great Scottish castles is also home to some of its most stunning gardens. Inverary’s history goes back to the 15th Century, however it wasn’t until much later that the 16 acres of gardens were developed. Formal lawn, flower beds and woodlands make up this lovely space with a climate that lends itself to vibrant Rhododendrons and Azaleas.

Tickets start at £7 for kids (under 5s go free) and £11.50 for adults.

Drummond Castle Gardens

Built into the side of a steep hill, these incredible formal gardens are a real sight to behold and perfectly set next to Durmmond Castle. Featuring all the characteristics of a traditional 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden, the composite designs also takes in influences from early Victorian times and was renewed as recently as the 20th century.

Tickets start at £2 for kids and £6 for adults (it’s important to note that the castle itself is not open to the public).

The Castle and Gardens of Mey

Built by the 4th Earl of Caithness in the 16th century, the Castle of Mey has been a favourite haunt for the British monarchy since the 1950s when The Queen Mother purchased the castle and oversaw renovations of the entire property. It was Her Majesty who opened the gardens in aid of Scotland’s Gardens Schemes and this tradition has continued to this day.

Tickets for admission to the Gardens and Grounds only start at £3 for kids and £6.50 for adults.

Inverness Botanic Gardens

The Inverness Botanic Gardens are  one of the most recent additions to Scotland’s gardening heritage. Opened by Prince Edward in 1993, here you’ll find a peaceful oasis of natural beauty within the heart of one of Scotland’s busiest city’s. The cactus house and impressive tropical house are just a couple of sights worth looking out for.

Entry is absolutely free.

Dunrobin Castle Garden

Scotland’s most northerly great house is also home to some of the most attractive gardens in the country. The castle itself borrows from a wide range of influences, including Sir Charles Barry and Sir Robert Lorimer, the former of whom laid out the original design in 1850. Barry took inspiration from the Palace of Versailles which goes some way to explaining the opulent design.

Kids are £7.50 and Adults are £12.

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