It has been our family’s honour to create, restore and care for one of Scotland’s hidden treasures for almost 300 years. Described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’, it is one of Scotland’s most important historical landscaped gardens with its collection of Rhododendrons, Championship Trees and rare species. We are delighted to be able to share these 75 acres of sculptured landscapes and magnificent avenues, romantically situated on an isthmus around the ruins of Castle Kennedy and surrounded by the White and Black Lochs. Being close to the sea on two sides, Castle Kennedy Gardens benefit from the Gulf Stream and are able to support many tender and exotic plants. As a result, over the centuries, the Gardens have become known for a number of nationally and internationally important collections. Five carefully designed walks of different lengths and interest have been designed for you. These reveal the Gardens throughout the seasons from the Snowdrops, spring bulbs, Camellias and Magnolias early in the year through to the beautiful herbaceous borders later in the summer, as well as the permanently enchanting woodland and lochside views.
It’s very hard sometimes to be able to endorse my carefully selected attractions within just 150 words and Castle Kennedy Gardens also leaves me with that very dilemma. The reason being there is so much to do here within both the gardens and parkland within this estate and you could spend as little or as much time as you like here, which just adds to the value for money, which incidentally is one of our main criteria. Still very much family owned and cared for by the same gardener for years, Castle Kennedy Gardens offers a rare insight into life back in the days of the earls and chieftains, in fact, that is probably one of the many reasons why film companies choose to film here, the latest being the popular ‘Outlander’ series. The estate also has a great little cafe, gift shop and holiday cottages to hire, so what are you waiting for? You’ve a holiday to organise!