Gardens in The Highlands and Isle of Skye

The Highland region is diverse with woodland estates, nurseries and castle gardens. The highlight is Inverewe Garden with its special collections warmed by the Gulf Stream.

Lochaber & Wester Ross

Balmacara Estate

Near Kyle of Lochalsh - a National Trust for Scotland estate. Lots of walks through ancient woodland and wild countryside. Abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.

B&Bs near Balmacara Estate - Aurora Bed and Breakfast, Strathgorm

Lochalsh Woodland Gardens

Balmacara - Rhododendron, fuchsias, hydrangeas and ferns. Open all year 9am to sunset. Admission charge.

B&Bs near Lochalsh Woodland Gardens - Aurora Bed and Breakfast, Strathgorm

Attadale Gardens

Strathcarron, Wester Ross, on A890 road between Strathcarron and South Strome - Privately owned garden and house, near the shores of Loch Carron, cradled by mountains. A style that allows the garden to blend seamlessly from the planned planted areas into the wilderness that surrounds it. Open 10am - 5.30pm April - October (closed Sundays). Admission charge.

B&Bs near Attadale Gardens - Aurora Bed and Breakfast

Inverewe Garden

Famous National Trust for Scotland Garden between Ullapool and Gairloch. Spectacular garden with fabulous rhododendrons and azaleas in May, plus tree ferns, Himalayan poppies, herbaceous borders, eucalyptus, gunnera, primulas, walled garden and rockeries. Year round colour and interest. Open daily all year. Admission charge. Free guided garden walks weekdays May to September. Café and shop (open March - October)

B&Bs near Inverewe Garden - The Sheiling, Aurora Bed and Breakfast

Leckmelm Shrubbery and Arboretum

Little Leckmelm, Lochbroom, near Ullapool . A woodland garden planted in 1870 and restored in 1984. Open April to September. Daily 10am to 6pm.

B&Bs Leckmelm Arboretum - The Sheiling

Isle of Skye

Armadale Castle Gardens

Isle of Skye - 40 acre woodland garden set around the ruins of Armadale Castle. Museum and gift shop. Open daily 30th Mar - 31st Oct. 9.30am - 5.30pm. Admission charge.

B&Bs near Armadale Castle Gardens - Strathgorm,Cuil Lodge B&B, Ashaig

North-West Highlands

Achiltibuie Garden

See plants growing without soil. Open Monday to Friday from 11am - 1pm, and 2pm - 4pm. Small admission charge.

North-East Highlands

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie

Formal parterre gardens laid out in 1850 below the castle. The gardens are open all year round and entry is free of charge when the castle is closed.

B&Bs near Dunrobin Castle - Auchlea, Home Farm, Ben Wyvis Views, Craigvar

Inverness, Loch Ness and Nairn

Abriachan Nursery and Gardens

A82 Loch Ness side. Open: February - November 9am - 7pm or dusk if earlier. Admission: Nursery free, gardens small donation for charity.

B&Bs near Abriachan Gardens - Lynver B&B, Highfield House

Inverness Botanic Gardens

Inverness - Mixed floral displays including cactus house. Open daily 10am - 4pm (winter) / 5pm (summer). Free admission.

B&Bs near Inverness Botanic Gardens - Lynver B&B, Highfield House Bluebell House, Inverness

Cawdor Castle Gardens and grounds

Near Nairn. Mixture of formal gardens and parkland, including maze. Open daily from May to early October from 10.00 am - 5.30 pm. Admission charge

B&Bs near Cawdor Castle - , Brighton House B&B, Lynver B&B, Highfield House, Eiland View B&B

Brodie Castle

East of Nairn - The castle was the home of the Brodie family until the late 20th century and is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. During the spring, the famous collection of daffodils is in full bloom. Grounds open all year. 71 hectare estate including walled garden, large pond, picnic area, adventure playground, woodland walks. The castle (admission charge) is open April to October. Tearoom and Shop.

B&Bs near Brodie Castle - Brighton House B&B, Lynver B&B, Highfield House, Eiland View B&B Bluebell House, Inverness

Speyside and the Cairngorms National Park

The Potting Shed - Jack Drake's Inshriach Gardens and Nursery

Near Aviemore - Nursery garden with unusual alpine plants for sale. Watch the birds and red squirrels feeding while you enjoy cream cakes in the tearoom. Open March to October, 10am - 5.00pm, other times by appointment.

B&Bs near Jack Drake's Inshriach Gardens and Nursery - Glengarry B&B, Slemish, The Dulaig

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