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Garden Breaks

Are you looking for a garden break in South West Scotland?

Then look no further than our Garden Breaks at either North West Castle, Cally Palace and Fernhill Hotel.

Our Garden Breaks include:

  • Overnight Accommodation
  • Dinner in our dining room each evening
  • Full Scottish Breakast
  • Entry to a one garden of your choice each day.

Minimum 2 night stay.

If you are part of a larger gardening group and would like to tour the gardens in the area then please email info@mcmillanhotels.co.uk and we will be delighted to help you plan your trip.

Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden

Scotland’s most exotic garden is famous for its botanical treasures from South and Central America, Southern Africa and Australasia, all rarely seen in the United Kingdom. One of 3 Regional Gardens of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Logan Botanic Garden is a breathtaking celebration of the world of plants.

Logan’s Walled Garden is a showcase for brilliant blooms and it’s ablaze with colour throughout the year. The garden’s sub tropical character is at its most obvious from June to September when shrubberies of fuchsias, hebes, hydrangeas and colourful borders filled with mostly wild species break out in bloom. With its backdrop of cabbage palms, Chusan palms and tree ferns the atmosphere on a sunny day is truly tropical.

Open daily 15 March to 31 October from 10am – 5pm (Sundays only in February) Admission:  Adults £6 | Concessions £5 | Children Free | Members Free

 

 

Glenwhan Gardens

Rhododendron glenwhanFilled with seasonal blooms, exotic plants and rare species with gentle footpaths that meander through the variety of habitats, Glenwhan Gardens are a unique and lovely place. Described as one of the best newly created gardens in recent times the story of Glenwhan’s development is certainly inspiring.

Thirty six years ago there was nothing but bracken, gorse and the odd willow here but careful planting has created a 12 acre garden, filled with glorious collections of plants from around the world. Glenwhan Gardens focus around several small lakes where the plants luxuriate in a variety of habitats.

Open daily: Apr-Oct, 10am-5pm

Admission:   Adults £5.00 |  Children £1.50 |  Family £12 | Concessions £4.00 |  Season Ticket £15 |  Wheelchairs go free.

 

 

 

Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy GardensRomantically situated on an isthmus between two lochs, Castle Kennedy Gardens is one of Scotland’s finest Gardens, set in 75 acres and offering something for everyone to enjoy. From spectacular flowering plants and exotic trees, to beautiful scenery, sculptured landforms, magnificent walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland and a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring.

Originally laid out by the 2nd Earl of Stair in the 1730’s the Gardens are famous for their rhododendron displays, including many of Sir Joseph Hooker’s original introductions, and include 21 Champion trees, a 2 acre circular lily pond and many peaceful woodland and loch-side walks.

The Gardens also offer activities and events for families, including Ranger Activities such as den building and loch dipping, Guided Garden Tours and Summer Open Air Theatre performances. 

Open daily 1st April until 31st October, 10.00am until 5.00pm
Adults: £5.50  |  Concessions: £4.50  |  Children: £2.00  |  Disabled: Free  |  Families (2 adults 2 children): £12.00  |  Discounts available for Groups.

 

Dunskey Gardens

Dunskey GardensDunskey Gardens is a true gardening gem with walled and woodland gardens, lochs and stunning Victorian glasshouses providing an ever changing palette of colour; from carpets of snowdrops and bluebells in spring to the warm tones of autumn.

Varied plantings provide loads of interest to plantsmen and keen gardeners alike. Winter's end is signalled by a sea of snowdrops while Spring explodes into life with flamboyant primulas and rhododendrons a real feature. Traditional herbaceous plants and scented roses are at their best in Summer, while the rich hues of the trees and shrubs in Autumn are complemented by the exotic flowers in the glasshouses.

 The restored working glasshouses are excellent examples of 19th century garden architecture. Originally built by prominent hothouse designers Mackenzie & Moncur, who included Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales among their clients, the glasshouses are now filled with exotic plants, shrubs such as the tropical looking Passiflora, and fruit such as grapes, peaches and nectarines.

Open daily: Apr-Oct, 10am-5pm      

Admission:  Adults £5.50 | OAPS £5.00 | Children (u16) £2 | Family £12 | Season Ticket £15 | Family Season Ticket £25

 

Ardwell Gardens

Ardwell GardensSurrounding a private 18th century country estate house Ardwell Gardens is a naturally unspoilt and idyllic location, around 10 miles south of Stranraer with beautiful views over Luce Bay.

It boasts an impressive variety of azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons that burst into colour in Spring and early Summer. The walled garden grows a wide range of summer bedding plants and produce including potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and other seasonal treats, all available for visitors to buy.

The informality of the wood and the shrubberies are a gentle contrast to the formal layout of the house and a number of woodland walks give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the relaxing, unspoilt location, while a walk around the largest pond (approximately half an hour) gives fine views over Luce Bay.

Open daily: Mar-Sep, 10am-5pm   

Admission:  Adults £3 | Concession £2

 

Logan House Gardens

Logan House GardensThis Victorian woodland garden features champion trees, immaculate sweeping lawns, pathways that meander through ancient shrubberies and a majestic monkey puzzle avenue. Logan House Garden bursts into colour in spring then becomes host to the ‘forty shades of green’ of the trees from all over the world.

Logan House Garden is a wonderful woodland walk, bright and colourful in Spring and early Summer, giving way to the cooling hues of the huge variety of trees in Summer.

Logan House Garden features seven United Kingdom and fourteen Scottish champions trees, one of which is a big leaf rhododendron, R. Sinogrande. Embothriums, Crinodendrons, Eucryphias together with other exotic plants are able to take advantage of the Gulf Stream and flourish, complimenting the displays of neighbouring Logan Botanic Garden.

Garden fetes are a regular feature during the summer months.

Open Daily:  Open 7 days, Mar-Sept, 9am-5pm.   Admission:  Adults £4 | Children Free