Beautiful gardens to visit

Whether you are looking to wander, explore, learn, play, have a picnic, enjoy a light lunch or a scrumptious tea, our local gardens have it all.

threave gardens

A garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife, with an osprey platform and bat reserve

  • Visit the only Scottish garden dedicated to the training of horticulturists, home of the School of Heritage Gardening since 1960.
  • Discover the unique garden design, where each ‘garden room’ showcases a different gardening style and planting scheme.
  • Enjoy stunning views over the Galloway Hills and the Ken/Dee valley, and keep an eye out for soaring ospreys, red kites and peregrine falcons over our wetlands nature reserve.
  • Join a guided walk around Scotland’s only Bat Reserve! We have eight species of bats and a dedicated conservation programme to protect them.
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glenwhan gardens

Glenwhan Gardens has been described as one of the most beautiful made gardens in Scotland with unique & stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay, and the Mull of Galloway.

With the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs. A numbered tree trail for the dendrologist has been collated, along with a 17-acre moorland walk with 120 species of wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Two small lakes (Lochans) are the focal point of these family-run gardens, with seats and meandering paths running along enchanting walks with interesting sculptures, which the visitor will discover.

The Tearoom prides itself on its delicious home baking and warming homemade soups.

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logan botanic gardens

Located on the south-western tip of Scotland, Logan enjoys an almost subtropical climate.  The Garden's avenues and borders feature a spectacular and colourful array of half-hardy perennials.  The Garden is warmed by the Gulf Stream which enables plants from Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and Southern Africa to thrive.

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the crichton gardens

With 85 acres of parkland boasting a rock garden, complete with many specimen trees and plants, arboretum and exquisite rose gardens, The Crichton offers a stunning location to take a leisurely stroll, walk the dog, have a picnic or as the backdrop your wedding photographs.

During 2018, The Beechgrove Garden was filmed from The Crichton Gardens and attracted a full house to the evening Roadshow in Easterbrook Hall too. The gardens are beautifully maintained by The Crichton Trust gardeners.

The Crichton also features playing fields and an abundance of open spaces which are great for a range of outdoor activities and events. It is free to visit The Crichton Gardens and everyone is welcome.

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Castle kennedy gardens

These important historical Gardens, situated on an isthmus, consist of 300ha (75 acres) of sculptured landscapes, and magnificent avenues radiating out from the iconic Castle Kennedy ruins. Described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’, it is one of Scotland's most important historical landscaped gardens with its collection of Rhododendrons, Championship Trees and rare species.

The Gardens are perfect for exploring and provides a fun day out for families, with a charming Tea Room, Gift Shop and Plant Centre.