Romantically situated, the Castle Kennedy Gardens are surrounded by water and comprise 75 acres of terraced earthworks and magnificent avenues. Described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’ this is one of Scotland's most well-known historical gardens.
Situated on an isthmus between two natural lochs Castle Kennedy Gardens offer up a treasure trove of delights, including a two acre circular lily pond, rare and exotic plants, 21 Champion trees, family trails, peaceful woodland and loch-side walks and the colourful displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and the herbaceous borders of the Walled Garden.
The gardens were originally laid out in 1730 around the ruins of Castle Kennedy by the 2nd Earl of Stair, who reshaped the landscape on a grand scale at one end, and were added to in 1840 by the 10th Earl who built Lochinch Castle and its gardens at the other end.
Perfect for exploring the gardens are internationally famous for their species rhododendrons, including many of Sir Joseph Hooker's original introductions from his Himalayan expedition. These, along with a vast collection of azalea, camellias, magnolias and embrothriums give spectacular colour in late May/June.
A charming tea-room serves delicious homemade baking and light lunches and there is a gift shop, plant centre and children’s activities and facilities.Don't miss:
- The six British Champion Trees (the tallest or largest of their type), 11 Scottish Champions and 24 Dumfries & Galloway Champions
- Snowdrop walks and thousands of Spring flowers
- The beautiful 2-acre lily pond
- The herbaceous walled garden in the Summer and Autumn
- Wildlife viewing on the loch shores - red squirrels and otters. The new Bird Hide on the shores of the White Loch. Our new Landrover Safaris with spectacular views and wild landscape and the chance to see a variety of wildlife in the natural beauty of the countryside near Castle Kennedy & Gardens.
- Special events and activities for all throughout the year, including open air theatre, family fun days and Head Gardener guided walks
Feb, Mar & Oct, 10am-5pm