A fascinating historic garden laid out on a narrow isthmus between two lochs, Castle Kennedy Gardens are based around the romantic ruin of an authentic 14th-century castle. The remarkable micro-climate of the area, favoured by water on three sides and the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream, means that many exotic plants can grow and flourish here.
Castlel Kennedy, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway , Scotland, DG9 8SL
Craigieburn is a delightful Nepalese garden just outside the historic spa town of Moffat. The garden is relatively modern but is set beside a historic house dating to the 18th century. Robert Burns visited Craigieburn (long before the gardens!). The garden incorporates unusual Himalaya plants and has Nepalese touches like shrines and prayer flags to add a distinctly Asian flavour. A708, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Historic seaside gardens laid out in the 1740s around Galloway House, the seat of the Earls of Galloway. Though the house itself is not generally open to visitors, the gardens are regularly open and well worth a visit. Galloway House was built by Lord Alexander Garlies, son of the 5th Earl of Galloway, on the east coast of the Machars of Galloway, looking out over Cruggleton Bay. Garlieston, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG8 8HF
Glenwhan is home to 12 acres of outstanding gardens overlook the sea at Luce Bay near Stranraer. The garden features rhododendrons, magnolias, eucalyptus, orchids, hostas, and lilies. Dunragit, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG9 8PH
Logan Garden has been called 'Scotland's most exotic garden', a lush Southern Hemisphere garden on the Rinns of Galloway, in a location warmed by the Gulf Stream, creating a perfect micro-climate for exotic and tropical plants to flourish. Logan is a horticulturalist's delight; a garden where tender and unusual varieties of plants provide colourful displays throughout the seasons.
Port Logan, Stanraer, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG9 9ND
Threave is a colourful 64-acre garden surrounds a Victorian stately home on the edge of Castle Douglas. The house is open to visitors, as is the 1500 acre estate, with miles of walking trails and a wildfowl sanctuary. At the heart of the Threave Garden is the ornamental gardens close to the mansion. Here you will find over 200 varieties of daffodils, herbaceous beds, a heather garden, and a wide variety of trees. Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG7 1RX