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Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit.

This relatively small area of ‘undiscovered Scotland’ is surrounded by sea on three sides. The Gulf Stream flows close by, creating a ‘mini climate’ in which many exotic and unusual plants and flowers are able to flourish. Within easy travelling distance from the cottages are a number of beautiful gardens in which to spend half or full days during your stay with us.

Logan Botanic Gardens

Logan Botanic Gardens are situated at the south western tip of Scotland and are undoubtedly Scotland’s most exotic garden. An usual assortment of plants and exotic species which cannot be found elsewhere are grown here. The gardens also offer an award-winning salad bar, a botanics gift shop selling local crafts, guided tours taking in the woodland and walled gardens and also a discovery centre. The garden is a satellite of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.

Glenwhan Gardens

Created from waste land, Glenwhan Gardens has 12 acres of gardens located on a hillside overlooking Luce Bay. Quiet paths meander through the beds where seating can be found in many secluded corners allowing you to sit and enjoy the views whilst taking in the sweet aroma of the flowers. A 17 acre ‘wilderness walk’, coffee shop (offering food and drink) and plant centre make for a thoroughly enjoyable and interesting day. The gardens are particularly noted for their stunning collection of Rhododendrons. The image above is of the loch at Glenwhan Gardens.

Ardwell House Gardens:

Ardwell House Gardens are located alongside Luce Bay. There are pond walks, plants for sale, picnic areas and seasonal fruit is available for picking. Look out for deer and other wildlife in the woody areas, and make sure you see the swans and ducks on the larger loch. A beautiful walk which takes you around the garden, ponds, down towards the sea and then back past the remains of the ancient Motte. Noteworthy are the displays of snowdrops and crocus, followed by daffodils followed by bluebells across the woodland floor.

Castle Kennedy Gardens

The gardens form part of Stair Estates which, along with Lochinsch Castle, are home to the Earl and Countess of Stair. The history of Castle Kennedy travels as far back as the 14th Century; over the years many new plants were brought to Britain from around the world with many being sent to Castle Kennedy Gardens. There is a plant centre and refreshments are available which are provided on a daily basis from the castle kitchens.

Dunskey Gardens

Whilst the native woodland gardens are set around a loch, the walled gardens with their restored greenhouses produce many exotic plants, shrubs and fruits. Located by the Irish Sea, the gardens offer views across to Ireland and the Mountains of Mourne. The Seasons tea room has specially commissioned murals depicting the four seasons of the year. Ranger-led walks through the woods and down to the sea are available together with garden tours with one of the gardeners taking place each Wednesday.


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