There are a number of award winning gardens that you might have heard of in England, such as Kew Gardens, Tatton Park, and of course, Chelsea. Did you know that Scotland has an abundance of grand stately homes with manicured lawns, grand vase like vessels overflowing with scented blooms? And not forgetting the Botanical Gardens. Whether you are just out for a stroll in the late afternoon sunshine or an expert gardener, these best Scottish gardens make a delightful day out.
Best Scottish Gardens to Visit All Throughout The Year
Hill of Tarvit Mansion House & Garden
The 20th century Hill of Tarvit Mansion House and garden were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. Today, it is owned by the National Trust for Scotland and home to fine Chinese porcelain, antiques, and hickory golf. If visiting during the Edinburgh summer festivals, catch the magical firework displays from the top of Hill Of Tarvit. (Don’t forget if your visiting more than one National Trust for Scotland property, check out the great savings with the National Trust for Scotland membership.)
The two acres of Branklyn Garden are home to a collection of rare and unusual plants including the Himalayan Blue Poppy. Located in Perth, it is easily accessible by car or bus.
Cambo Country House and Estate
Cambo walled Garden is considered to be one of the finest, with a seasonal calendar of displays from a large number of species like Snowdrop, Tulips, and also magnificent scented Roses. If visiting North Berwick, why not take the day ferry to Anstruther fishing village and collect the courtesy shuttle to Kingbarns? From there you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach and walk to the Cambo Estate.
Enjoy the scenic vistas as you drive from Inverness to Inverewe Garden. It was created in 1862 by Osgood Mackenzie, home to species collected from far flung destinations such as China, Nepal, and the Indian Subcontinent. The exotic plants thrive here on the West Coast of Scotland, as it is blessed by the warm currents from the Gulf Stream. The 2000 acres are a host to wildlife and delightful woodland walks, perfect for the family, nature lovers, and garden enthusiasts.
The Botanical Gardens
Scotland is home to several Botanical Gardens including the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, Benmore Botanical Garden, Dawyck Botanical Garden, and Logan Botanical Garden. All are quite different not just by their location but also with their habitats, climates and planting schemes. Discover the origins of these magnificent plants and the plant hunters that risked their lives. Truly remarkable!
Did you know that the National Garden Scheme produces the so called “bible” of gardening or also known as the yellow book every year? With information on over 3300 gardens that open and collect for charity.
The best way to get around and see these best Scottish gardens is by car. If arriving into Edinburgh or Glasgow Airport why not pre-book a hire car or motorhome rental to collect upon arrival? Did you know Scotland also has some of the most picturesque driving routes?
I hope I have inspired you to get out and visit some of these magnificent gardens, while visiting Scotland. As always we would love to hear from you. Do you have a favourite garden you would like to share? Or perhaps a highlight from visiting one of the best Scottish gardens mentioned above. Please leave your comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x