Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit by Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway DG9 8PH

Glenwhan Gardens, with its Gaelic meaning a ‘green & rushy place’ as it was 45 years ago, is now transformed into a plantsman’s paradise. It has been described as one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland, with unique and stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay, and the Mull of Galloway.

Tessa Knott has been developing the 12-acre garden over the past four decades from bare moorland to the vibrant landscape it is today. A labour of love, the garden now features an arboretum with a tree trail of over 160 species, two small lakes, a rock garden and a 20-acre moorland wild walk, offering the chance to see a red squirrel or two.

With the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs. Many plants have been collected in the wild and grown from seed. Standout species include rhododendrons, azaleas, primulas, camellias, marginal plants, heathers and herbaceous borders.

Visitors are in for a treat at Glenwhan no matter the season, with winding paths, well-placed seats, and varied sculptures dotted around the small lakes, adding to the tranquil atmosphere. After a calm stroll around its luscious landscape, visitors can stop by Glenwhan’s ‘Taste Your Best’ awarded tearoom, open throughout the spring and summer months. A potager and herb garden supplies the tearoom with fresh produce, which is included in the dishes wherever possible. The tearoom prides itself on its delicious home baking and warming homemade soup.


Telephone: 01581 400222

Opening times: During the winter months, you can access the garden with an honesty box at the entrance. The garden reopens for spring on 1st April and Easter until 30th September. Please walk dogs on leads.

Admission costs: Adults £6, concessions £4.50, children over 12 £1.50, family ticket (up to 3 children) £14.00 and season tickets £18.00. Royal Horticulture Society members go free on Saturdays showing membership card.

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