Castle Kennedy Gardens

One of Scotland's finest gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens is set in 75 acres and offers something for everyone to enjoy.  From spectacular flowering plants and exotic trees, to beautifuly scenery, sculptured landforms, magnificant walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland and a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring.

Throughout the year the Gardens offer a wide range of events and activities for the whole family.  These include Garden Ranger events such as Den Building, Star Gazing, Pond Dipping, Kite Making, as well two Open Air Theatre performances, and a programme of Guided Walks given by the Head Gardener Clan Chieftian John MacArthur of the Ilk.

The Garden Tearoom is the perfect place to enjoy a light meal of home-made soup, toasted sandwhiches, quiches, hot drinks, delicious home baking and a tasty children's menu.  Access to the tearoom is available without paying admission to the Gardens making it the ideal picturesque stopping point.

The Gardens were the inspiration of the 2nd Earl of Stair in the early 18th Century and are famous for their colourful displays of rhododendrons, azeleas and embothriums, many rare and exotic plants, 20 Champion Trees, a number of spectacular avenues and the romantic ruins of 16th Century Castle Kennedy.

An elaborate series of terraces and land sculptures can be found throughout the Gardens forming stunning patterns of curves and banks.  Despite their contemporary look and feel these were constructed in the 1730's using men with cards and horse drawn equipment to move and mould the landscape.  

The stunning avenues in the Gardens were originally planted with a single type of tree, many of which can still be seen today such as the 150 year old Monkey Puzzle AVenue.  The beautiful two acre Round Pond filled with rare Victorian water lillies is also a highlight.

 Visit to find out more and book tickets.


Opening Times:

Open Daily from 25th March until 21st October.

10.00am - 5.00pm


Adult: £5.50, Concessions: £4.50, Children: £2.00, Disabled: Free

Discounts available for Groups