Castle Kennedy Gardens Dumfries and Galloway

The Garden

Castle Kennedy Gardens is truly one of Scotland’s hidden treasures.  Created by the 2nd Earl of Stair in the 1730s, with extensively landscaped terraces, mounds and avenues that stretch over 75 acres, it has been extended, tended and cared for by generations of his family since.

Described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’, it is one of Scotland’s most important historical landscaped gardens with its collection of rhododendrons, Champion Trees, and rare species.

We are delighted to be able to share these sculptured landscapes and magnificent avenues, romantically situated on an isthmus around the ruins of Castle Kennedy and surrounded by the White and Black Lochs.

The Silent Space

Built around the time when Castle Kennedy was improved (c1607), the Walled Garden is bounded by high stone walls with two beautiful wrought iron gates.  The decorative finials above the gates are of different styles: Stone balls on the north gates and square-based pyramids resting on four balls on the south, reflecting the status of the 2nd Earl of Stair as a Field Marshall.

The Walled Garden is at its best during August and September.  In particular, the main herbaceous borders when the Eucryphia are coming into flower.  Particularly noteworthy are the Nymansay specimens.  There are others in the Gardens such as the Champion Eucryphia Cordifolia which are also a feature of the Dancing Green at this time of year.

Images © Castle Kennedy Gardens

For opening times please see the Garden's website.