Dawyck is home to a fantastic collection of species rhododendrons, many of these are original introductions of their type. The climate at Dawyck has always been better suited to hardier, higher altitude species which have proved their tolerance to cold winters, late spring frosts and uncertain summers. Most notably plants from subsections Taliensia and Fortunei, thrive. Examples of these include R. decorum which produces fragrant pale pink flowers reliably each year, even after temperatures below -20C.Find out more
Scotland's Gardens is sharing in this year's Rhododendron Festival by offering many beautiful gardens open to the public and all raising money for charity. Many of these are private gardens not otherwise available to the public, and opening for a variety of public spirited causes. Help us by supporting our charities and enjoy a fantastic day out! See our website link for details of each garden.Find out more
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Opening during castle hours.
1 Apr - 30 Sept, 9.30am - 6pm
1 Oct - 31 Oct, 9.30am - 5pm
So you like Rhododendrons, this place will satisfy all your dreams about this spectacular species. Set on a hillside overlooking Loch Linnhe, with views to Ben Nevis, Glencoe and the Isle of Mull; the many textural and visual qualities of these plants will excite you. When you are in love with Rhododendrons each season will bring you a variety of sensual appreciation. We look forward to showing you this paradise on the North West Coast of Scotland. Do try to come and visit.Find out more
From the minute you cross the bridge on your way up the winding drive you will begin to appreciate the beauty of the Rhododendrons and Azaleas that abound throughout the grounds of Cringletie. Wherever you wander in the 28 acres you will find nature at her best and build up an appetite or walk off a sumptuous lunch or afternoon tea. Talking of tea you may like to have one with our compliments and all you have to do is name all the varieties of Rhododendrons and Azaleas that grow within the Cringletie estate and marvel at the depth of colours that spring out at you.Find out more
Celebrate the seasons and join our expert Garden Guides on a tour of the Garden. Discover seasonal highlights, hidden treasures and tales of the intrepid adventurers behind the plants on display.
Garden Walks take place every day at 11am and 2pm.
Tours depart from the John Hope Gateway and last for about one hour. Tickets can be bought at the John Hope Gateway reception desk and cost £6. No advance booking necessary and as the tour is outside we recommend that you wear weather appropriate clothing and also suitable footwear as some of the route may be over uneven surfaces.
Ardmaddy Castle Gardens - part of the "Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute" is open daily from 9 am till sunset. The Walled Garden is in its prime with a huge variety of rhododendrons in full flower, with Magnolias, Japanese and deciduous azaleas following on. The under storey now fully carpeted with many interesting and unusual ground cover plants, hardy perennials and other shrubs. For a guided tour, please ring 01852 300 353 to check availability.Find out more
Inverewe Garden is an eden of exotic colour and fragrance and is famed for its range of 400 different species of rhododendrons, with flowers to be found somewhere in the Garden every month of the year. Part of the Scottish Rhododendron Festival come and see its celebrated collection of rhododendrons burst into bloom.
The Garden is an experience for all the senses, a colourful, inspiring place to visit in any season, but particularly in the Spring.
April until October SAWYER GALLERY EXHIBITIONS A new inspirational art gallery to honour Mairi Sawyer who dedicated Inverewe to the NTS to keep in perpetuity - created within Inverewe House where art is presented to help evoke emotional connectivity with the creativity of the garden legacy and the inspiration of the natural surrounding wild landscapes of Wester Ross across the 2000 acre Inverewe estateFind out more
Join a Sunday guided walk and see Dawyck's stunning collection of rhododendrons and other spring highlights. Celebrate the Scottish Rhododendron Festival with a guided walk at one of the world’s finest arboreta. The climate at Dawyck is suited to hardier, higher altitude species which have proved their tolerance to cold winters, late spring frosts and uncertain summers. As well as a stunning collection of rhododendrons, you will see some of Britain’s oldest and tallest trees. The walk, which is free with normal Garden admission, will last approximately one hour.Find out more