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Take some time to unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the many and varied gardens of Scotland. Whether it be in our cities, countryside or parks

Gardens of Scotland
Drummond Castle Gardens, Perthshire.


With their clear air, the gardens include both native species and exotic plants from all over the world, especially on the west coast where the gardens are influenced by the Gulf Stream.

The Royal Botanic Gardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens has four gardens across Scotland:

These gardens are world renowned scientific centres ‘to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future’. Each garden has its own specialist collection of exotic and native plants as well as greenhouses, exhibits, information centres and restaurants. Guided tours run twice daily in the Edinburgh garden during the summer season. Group tours can be arranged in advance.

Other botanical gardens in Glasgow, Aberdeen and St Andrews. The Scottish cities have wonderful parklands too.

The National Trust for Scotland Gardens

The National Trust for Scotland has many diverse gardens, including the wonderful garden of Inverewe in Rosshire to the kitchen gardens at Culross Palace or fruit gardens at Fyvie Castle. More info…

Scottish Castle Gardens

These gardens can be very diverse and interesting. From walled to woodland gardens, informal gardens to formal gardens. The diferent areas of Scotland provide differing climates for a diverse range of plants. Some of the best are Dunvegan Castle Gardens (Skye), Dunrobin Castle (Sutherland), Cawdor Castle Garden (Inverness area), Crathes Castle Gardens (Aberdeenshire), Blair Castle Estate (Perthshire), Culzean Castle Country Park (Ayrshire), Dirleton Castle Gardens (East Lothian) and Drummond Castle Gardens (Perthshire) (pictured above).

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme offers visits to private gardens on special opening days for charity, and some can be visited by appointment.


Some gardens have self-guided tours and some run guided tours for individuals or for groups. Check the garden websites for special events, lectures, conferences and musical performances.

What is especially stunning in our seasons

Winter – How about a snowdrop walk in Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic garden, Dawyck or at Cambo in Fife in January or February?

Spring – Come and see the profuse colours of the spring flowers – camellias, azaleas. Look out for carpets of bluebells in May and a wide variety of rhododendrons across the country.

Summer – Watch out too for wild orchids. August sees the Scottish hills purple with heather

Autumn – rich and sumptuous autumn colours across the land.

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