Bolfracks Garden
Bolfracks Garden
Four acres of historic gardens offer wonderful views over the River Tay, surrounding 18th century Bolfracks House. There is a walled garden with trees, shrubs, and perennials, and a Burn Garden with rhododendrons, azaleas and more.
The gardens surrounding Bolfracks House date to the middle of the 18th century. We don't know exactly when they were planted, but there is a map of 1767 showing them following essentially the same layout as the gardens we see today. In 1928 a Stream Garden was laid out to follow the course of Bolfracks Burn as it passed through the estate. However, much of the colourful garden we see today was begun in the 1970s.

In Spring the garden is a colourful place with early bulbs in bloom, and bluebells carpeting the ground. In Summer the pride of place goes to rhododendrons and azaleas, and later in summer, the roses are at their fragrant best. And if you come in Autumn you can count on lush colours, with crab apple trees and acers bursting into vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds.

Bolfracks is best known for collections of unusual plants, including herbaceous perennials, azaleas, acers, and old fashioned roses. There is an informal woodland garden, and a summerhouse built in 1930. Nearby is a burial ground with a family mausoleum for the Menzies family, who owned the property until 1830.

We visited Bolfracks on an overcast day in May. Though the weather was not bright, the gardens were! The colours were lush and inviting and made a welcome place to relax and enjoy the wonderful views. Bolfracks does not get nearly the publicity it deserves as one of the most attractive gardens in Scotland.