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Scotland's Gardens: Some of the Best

Scotland's Gardens: Some of the Best

Scotland’s Gardens is an organisation created in 1931 to operate private gardens to help raise money for several charities. Some 200 charities benefit annually from funds raised through Scotland’s Gardens. These beautifully landscaped gardens are open throughout Scotland and make for peaceful and picturesque spots to take a stroll. Smell fragrant flowers, walk scenic trails and spot some local wildlife in these expertly curated castle, estates and gardens.

We’ve compiled some of the best of Scotland’s Gardens close to the hotel in Dunblane. Most are a quick, scenic drive away – perfect for a lovely, romantic walk or a picnic and day of exploring with the kids!

 

Abercairny Gardens – new for 2016

In 2016 the Abercairny Garden will be open for the first time in 30 years. This peaceful, hidden garden features old trees and amazing candelabra primulas as well as traditional Scottish flowers – the azaleas and rhododendrons. The garden was laid out in 1810 on a gentle terrace, sloping down from the sheltered Italian garden at the top to Abercairny house at the bottom.

How to get there

Turn south off A85 at the New Fowlis crossroads, following signs. Then turn right into estate grounds after 1.2miles (opposite Kintocher Farm on left), then following drive for 1 mile past Abercairny House on the left. Car parking for the gardens is in the car park opposite the castellated stables venue.

Opening times

Saturday 4 June, 2pm - 6pm

By arrangement 1 January - 31 December

Prices

£4, family £12

Charity beneficiaries

Richmond Fellowship receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

 

Blair Castle Gardens

This 2,500-acre estate (pictured above) boasts the Hercules Garden, a walled enclosure restored to its original 19th century form, with landscaped ponds, vegetables, plants, a Chinese bridge and an orchard with over 100 fruit trees. Take a stroll through the sculpture trail, featuring striking contemporary and 18th century sculptures.

How to get there

Get off A9, follow signs to Blair Castle, Blair Atholl.

Opening times

Saturday 25 June, 9:30am - 5:30pm for Scotland's Gardens.

25 March - 31 October, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Prices

£5.90, children £2.70 and families £14.70

Charity beneficiaries

Donation to SG Beneficiaries

  

Mill of Forneth

Like its name suggests, this garden was a former watermill and the garden was designed by James Aitkin, the Scottish landscape designer and naturalist. This verdant four-acre garden has a range of mature trees, including a Himalyan Blue Cedar, large rhododendrons, azaleas and a range of shrubs. A 75-metre mill lade feeds rocky waterfalls and a lily pond.

How to get there

Take the A923 Dunkeld to Blairgowrie road. Six miles east of Dunkeld turn south onto a minor road signposted Snaigow and Clunie. Mill of Forneth is the first gate on the left hand side.

Opening times

Sunday 5 June, 2pm - 5pm

By arrangement 1 May - 30 September

Prices

£4

Charity beneficiaries

Perth & Kinross District Nurses receives 20%, Blairgowrie Black Watch Army Cadet Force receives 20%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

  

Rossie House

This lovely garden has been established since 1657 when the original house was built. Stroll through meandering paths lined with trees, shrubs, woodland bulbs and plants. The garden also features a pond, sunken garden and witches’ hut. Look out for the magnificent 10-foot tea pot and a sculpted yew table.

How to get there

Forgandenny is on the B935 between Bridge of Earn and Dunning.

Opening times

Plant sale Sunday 29 May, 2pm - 5pm (garden also open).

Prices

£4

Charity beneficiaries

Sandpiper Trust receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

 

Braco Castle

This partly walled, 19th century garden is home to trees, shrubs, bulbs, plants and an ornamental pond with picturesque walking trails and paths. A great spot for a lazy walk or a picnic, you’ll also find wonderful views over the Ochils.

How to get there

Drive from gates at north end of Braco Village, just west of bridge on A822.

Opening times

1 February - 31 October, 10am - 5pm

Prices

£4

Charity beneficiaries

The Woodland Trust receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

 

Glenericht House

This estate features a Grade A listed suspension bridge built in 1846, alongside Victorian planted trees and shrubs. There are around 92 tree varieties, some 171-feet and taller.

How to get there

Off A93, the Lodge House is five miles north of Blairgowrie on the right-hand side A93 from Blairgowrie. Follow avenue to the house.

Opening times

1 January - 31 December, 9am - 7pm or Dusk

Prices

£4

Charity beneficiaries

SANDS receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries