Bolfracks Garden

Douglas Hutchison Gardens Trust, Bolfracks House, Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2EX

There has been a garden at Bolfracks Estate for over 250 years. Originally owned by the Menzies family, it has been in the present family’s ownership for nearly 100 years. Since 2001, it has been managed with passion by Annie Price who has done much to re-shape the garden into an oasis of peace and colour with an impressive collection of rare and unusual plants.

Sitting high above the River Tay, the garden faces north and has excellent views over the Tay valley. It is especially known for its wonderful collection of species rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias and interesting trees.

The spring garden is planted on either side of a landscaped burn, next to a fairy tale Wendy house. Ancient stone figures add a bit of mystery to this area. Visitors can also expect stunning panoramic views of the garden from the Menzies mausoleum.

The walled garden comes into its own in high summer. A collection of old Scottish roses with rose archways, ancient apple and pear trees and clematis make up the rose walk. There are hidden rose rooms to walk into and a long border of peonies. To the east is a large border of herbaceous plants blossoming with colour. Below is a sloping central lawn with a collection of Sorbus trees, hosta beds and a long border of rugosa roses.

Bolfracks Estate is located one mile from Aberfeldy on the A827 and is well signposted. Its central location means it is the ideal base for families or groups wishing to explore this picturesque area of Scotland. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at one of the many tranquil spots in the garden.


Telephone: 01887 820230 / 07729 900 138

Opening times: 10am to 6pm every day to 31st October

Admission costs: Adults £5, children go free. No dogs allowed

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