As we head into early summer we pick six beautiful Scottish gardens that are open to the public offering great places to visit s part of your campervan holiday.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation
This garden is found at Portpatrick House, Dumfries.
The stunning Garden of Cosmic Speculation has been created by Scottish landscape artist Charles Jencks and extends to 40 major areas including gardens, bridges, landforms, sculptures, terraces, fences and architectural works. The aim of the 30-acre garden is to “celebrate nature, both intellectually and through the senses, including the sense of humour”.
Pitmedden features more than five miles of box hedging arranged in intricate patterns to form six parterres. These parterres are filled with some 40,000 plants bursting with colour in the summer.
The adjoining Museum of Farming Life brings the agricultural past to life. Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks and a fascinating herb garden. It’s hard to imagine a garden today being planted on such an extravagant scale.
Benmore is set on the side of a mountain and is home to 120 acres of plants. The world-famous collection of plants come from regions as far apart as the Orient and the Himalaya to North and South America. There is also an impressive avenue of giant redwoods, established in 1863, and stand more than 50m tall.
An amazingly lush, sub-tropical-style gardens is found on a peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe in Wester Ross. Of Scotland’s most popular botanical attractions. It is surrounded by a 2,000-acre estate that is home to many species of mammals and birds.
The garden was created from bare rock and a few scrub willows and today offers a place full of colourful, exotic plants from around the world. It is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland.
The drive through fabulous landscape form Inverness to Inverewe will only add to the experience.
A beautiful and tranquil gardens is found at kale, near Peebles, in the Borders. The gardens are very colourful and highlights include the laburnum arch and the greenhouse, which is filled in the spring with the heavy scent of an old Wisteria.