One of the main (ok…only) advantages of Scotland’s wet weather is the lush and vibrant effect it can have on our gardens and there are a wealth of public gardens in Scotland that are free to visit.
We have listed our favourite 4 below.
THE HIDDEN GARDENS, GLASGOW
Set up in 2003 and funded by the NVA Public Arts Organisation and located in Pollokshields, Glasgow, the Hidden Gardens are still a relatively well kept secret.
The aim of the gardens is to bring together communities, so they are well worth a visit. Check out their website for a full list of events and activities throughout the year.
INVERARAY CASTLE, INVERARAY
No matter what time of year you visit the gardens at Inveraray are a true splendour. With the castle as a magnificent backdrop, you can lose countless hours wandering around the gardens.
For full opening times visit their website.
GORDON CASTLE WALLED GARDEN, FOCHABERS
Fancy something a bit different? Then Gordon Castle Walled Gardens could be for you. One of the UK’s oldest walled gardens, they need to be experienced first hand as no photo can truly do them justice.
And if you like to wet a fly then you might be interested to know that the Salmon and Sea Trout catches on the nearby River Spey are some of the most prolific in Scotland.
DAWYCK BOTANIC GARDEN, SCOTTISH BORDERS
Situated in the Upper Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders, Dawyck Botanic Gardens are a joy to visit and are home to some of Scotland’s richest true collections. With pants from Nepal, Chile and China to name a few.
Visit their website for more details.