This part of Scotland is surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the influence of the Gulf Stream provides a micro climate not found in many other parts of the United Kingdom.
The gardens are extensively landscaped with terraces, mounds and avenues, all of which were created by men and horses, and extend to more than 30 hectares. I hope you will enjoy using this site, and that you will find the gardens interesting. You may even wish to plan a visit to the gardens when you are next in the South West of Scotland.
Please visit our shop where you will find a selection of plants that we would like to recommend with guidance for planting. Many of the plants on offer have been grown by us from seed collected in the garden, and possibly from stock brought to this country over one hundred years ago.
The Gardens at Castle Kennedy are changing throughout the seasons. A guidebook is available in the shop, which contains suggested routes to follow, but the gardens are also fantastic to just wander in for up to a day!
The gardens are normally open from Easter until the end of September, and will have something exciting to see in all months of the year.
It could be the impressive display of Rhododendrons and azalias in the spring, or the huge embothrium, or Chilean fire tree, covered in bright red flowers in later months. This is followed by the Eucrythias, and yet more rhododendrons, not forgetting the annual display of colour in the walled garden. Finally in the autumn, the changing colours of the leaves with the beautiful backdrop of Larch on the hills, and mature Beech in the gardens, altogether make a visit to the gardens a truly memorable experience.