The Rhins of Galloway in the far South West of Scotland is a hammerhead peninsula stretching 25 miles from north to south with over 50 miles of coastline. Due to the seas surrounding the land the Rhins sees a significant effect of the North Atlantic Drift which ensures that the land maintains a stable temperature. Severe frosts are few and this allows the Rhins Gardens to grow numerous tropical palms and flora which otherwise could not exist this far north.
We have six beautiful gardens within the Rhins and a seventh wetland garden too. What other area can boast that fact in such a small area.
Logan Botanic Garden
We have Logan Botanic Garden at Port Logan, which is said to be Scotland’s most exotic garden. Warmed by the Gulf Stream palms, tropical plants and shrubs flourish here. Open daily from March until 31st October you really need to set aside a good half day to explore this garden thoroughly. There are lots of events for all the family throughout the season and the Potting Shed Bistro provides a lovely lunch or snack. Visit the discovery centre to learn more about the gardens and the history.
Logan House Gardens
Logan House Gardens opened to the public in 2002. This is a tranquil Victorian garden with lawns and woodland areas. Rhododendrons take centre stage in March, April and May followed by Azalea. Logan House Garden features seven United Kingdom and fourteen Scottish champions trees and don’t miss the Monkey Puzzle Avenue.
Ardwell Gardens surrounds an 18th century country estate house and here you can see the most stunning views across Luce Bay. The walled garden grows a wide range of summer bedding plants and produce including potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries and other seasonal treats all available for visitors to buy. Woodland walks and a walk around the ponds here are not to be missed (allow at least half an hour for the large pond walk – you need to keep stopping to take in the wonderful views and surroundings).
Dunskey Gardens, near Portpatrick is a spectacular garden with walled and woodland gardens, lochs and stunning Victorian glasshouses. There is a tour of the gardens each Wednesday at 11.30 with the gardener, a hedge maze great fun for the kids (my niece loved it!), a lovely tea room with some fantastic murals painted on the walls as well as delicious food. There are a small selection of plants to purchase and seeds as well as local books, cards and produce.
Glenwhan Gardens Here you can take a walk on the moorland wildflower walk and go wildlife spotting – you can see red squirrels and lots of different birds. Open daily until 31st October with a tea room and plant sales. There are guided walks with Tessa (the owner and lady who restored the garden from bracken and gorse to the 12 acre garden it is today) every second Thursday at 11am.
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens, near Stranraer, surrounded by water and comprise 75 acres of terraces and avenues. Described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’ this is one of Scotland’s most well-known historical gardens. Here you can explore the two acre circular lily pond, rare and exotic plants, 21 Champion trees, family trails, peaceful woodland and lochside walks and wonderful displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. You can view wildlife on the shores of the Lochs and spot Red Squirrels and Otters and a new bird hide gives the opportunity to see lots of wonderful bird life. A new attraction here are Landrover safaris – half day safari trip exploring the local countryside and moorland. There is a lovely tea room with indoor and outdoor seating with a delicious varied menu.
Scotland’s Garden Route
And if you can’t resist and you must visit all of them during your stay in the Rhins of Galloway then you can. You can visit all six within two to three days – they are so close to each other. Join Scotland’s Garden Route and visit them all.Get your garden passport for 10% off entry fees.
The seventh garden that must be mentioned and is well worth a visit is the Aldouran Wetland Garden in Leswalt with a bird hide, community garden and woodland walk.
Garden lovers everywhere should book their holiday in the Rhins of Galloway and visit our Galloway Gardens. to book your next holiday at Kirklauchline Cottage in South West Scotland.