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Two lochans (small lochs or large ponds) have been created to attract wildlife.The five-acre Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden is one of the biggest walled gardens in Scotland, and has a steep drop from one end to the other.Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the garden’s micro-climate allows sub-tropical plants to flourish despite its northerly position. Instead, there are 50 acres of exotica from New Zealand, China, South Africa, Chile and the Himalayas, growing alongside roses and vegetables.
Cawdor Castle (IV12 5RD), between Inverness and Nairn in the North has not one but three gardens: Walled, Flower and Wild.
It’s definitely worth it taking out a NTS membership from around £4.20 a month for 1 adult if you plan to visit more than a couple of Scottish gardens, even if you’re only here for a short time.
For lovers of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias there are three other gardens on the South West coast worth a visit: Arduaine, near Oban (PA34 4XQ); Crarae, near Inveraray (PA32 8AY); and Ardkinglass Woodland Gardens (PA26 8BH), which is also home to some of Britain’s champion tall trees.
It has also recently been transformed with new terraces, greenhouses and an educational area.
The 19th century house, designed by Robert Adam and filled with fine furniture, is also available to the public, with guided tours scheduled daily throughout the summer season.