Romantically situated, Castle Kennedy Gardens are surrounded by water and comprise 75 acres of terraced earthworks and magnificent avenues. Described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’ this is one of Scotland's most well-known historical gardens.

Situated on an isthmus between two natural lochs Castle Kennedy Gardens offer up a treasure trove of delights, including a two acre circular lily pond, rare and exotic plants, 21 Champion trees, family trails, peaceful woodland and loch-side walks. The colourful displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and Embothriums are among the most stunning found anywhere in the UK and particularly special in May and June. So too the originally planted herbaceous borders of the Walled Garden which comes into its own during July and August.

The gardens were originally laid out in 1730 around the ruins of Castle Kennedy by the 2nd Earl of Stair, who reshaped the landscape on a grand scale at one end, and were added to in 1840 by the 10th Earl who built Lochinch Castle and its gardens at the other end.

Perfect for exploring, the gardens are internationally famous for their species rhododendrons, including many of Sir Joseph Hooker's original introductions from his Himalayan expedition.

A charming tea-room serves delicious homemade baking and light lunches and there is a gift shop, plant centre and children’s activities and facilities.

Don't miss:
  • The six British Champion Trees (the tallest or largest of their type), 11 Scottish Champions and 24 Dumfries & Galloway Champions
  • Snowdrop walks and thousands of Spring flowers
  • The beautiful 2-acre lily pond
  • The herbaceous walled garden in the Summer and Autumn
  • Wildlife viewing on the loch shores - red squirrels and otters. The new Bird Hide on the shores of the White Loch. Our new Landrover Safaris with spectacular views and wild landscape and the chance to see a variety of wildlife in the natural beauty of the countryside near Castle Kennedy & Gardens.
  • Special events and activities for all throughout the year, including open air theatre, family fun days and Head Gardener guided walks
The tearoom room offers delicious home-made baking, snacks and meals - the gift shop has a good selection of gift items locally sourced and a wide range of plant sales from the gardens -Family Garden Ranger activities including Tepee Shelters, Den Building, Mud Faces, Pond Dipping, Mini-Beast Hunts and We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Other events include Open Air Theatre and a thoughtfully crafted programme of unique guided walks as well as propagation events with our Head Gardener. Other: Toilets - Baby friendly - Disabled access – Free car and bus parking - Dog walking - Groups welcome


Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens

Garden Info

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01776 702 024 / 01581 400 225
Opening times:

Open weekends:
Feb & Mar, 10am-5pm
Open daily:
Apr-Oct, 10am-5pm

Adults £5.50, Concs £4.50, children £2.00, Family £12.00
Three miles east of Stranraer on the A75. The entrance is clearly signed at the village of Castle Kennedy
Castle Kennedy, Stranraer DG9 8SJ