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.
Near Kyle of Lochalsh - a National Trust for Scotland estate. Lots of walks through ancient woodland and wild countryside. Abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.
Balmacara - Rhododendron, fuchsias, hydrangeas and ferns. Open all year 9am to sunset. Admission charge.
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
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)
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 - 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.
See plants growing without soil. Open Monday to Friday from 11am - 1pm, and 2pm - 4pm. Small admission charge.
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.
A82 Loch Ness side. Open: February - November 9am - 7pm or dusk if earlier. Admission: Nursery free, gardens small donation for charity.
Inverness - Mixed floral displays including cactus house. Open daily 10am - 4pm (winter) / 5pm (summer). Free admission.
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
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.
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.