Castle Kennedy Gardens & Lochinch Castle

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Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway,
Scotland, DG9 8BX

01776 702 024

01776 706 248

info@castlekennedygardens.co.uk

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st April - 31st October; daily; 10 am - 5pm.
Feb, Mar; Weekends. 10am - 5pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Guided walks available.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sunday 16th June

Best Times of Year to Visit:

April - October

To see:
Admission Prices

Adults £5.50; Child £2.00; Over 60s £4.50.
Groups -Discounts available
Friends of the Garden; Free
Disabled; Free

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Some facilities for disabled.

Garden Features & Events

Sculptured landforms and rhododendrons and herbaceous borders
Guided walks with Head Gardener throughout the season
Family events for all ages
Garden Ranger activities on weekly.
Open Air Theatre - two performances in Summer months
See website for full details, dates and times

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities


Hotels & Accommodation:

Creebridge House Hotel, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart

Restaurants:
Inns & Pubs:

Plantings, half a mile away.

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The sixteenth century, but now ruined, castle is set in 75 acres of landscaped terraces and avenues and stands on a peninsula between two large natural lochs, the Black Loch and the White Loch. The gardens are famous not only for the collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and embothriums, but also for the Monkey Puzzle Avenue planted in about 1890 from the first imported seed. The garden is best understood as a Scots interpretation of Bridgeman's style.

History Of Garden

The garden was laid out by the 2nd Earl of Stair, with work carried out by the Royal Scots Greys and the Inniskilling Fusiliers. Stair was a Field Marshall and the garden has 'military' grass terraces and a 2 acre circular lily pond.

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