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Portrack House 2017 Opening Date


We are delighted to announce that Portrack House will be open for Scotland’s Gardens on Sunday 30 April 2017 from 11am-5pm.

This is their only opening date for the year. Pre-sales tickets may be purchased at The entrance fee of £10.00 (concessions £5.00, children under 16 free) may also be paid at the gate. More details of the garden may be found here.

Portrack House
Portrack House ©Ming Thein

About the garden

Forty major areas, gardens, bridges, landforms, sculptures, terraces, fences & architectural works. Covering thirty acres, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation uses nature to celebrate nature, both intellectually and through the senses, including the sense of humour. A water cascade of steps recounts the story of the universe; a terrace shows the distortion of space and time caused by a black hole; a "Quark Walk" takes the visitor on a journey to the smallest building blocks of matter and a series of landforms and lakes recall fractal geometry. Charles Jencks and his late wife, Maggie Keswick, conceived this unique garden in 1989 and it has been evolving ever since.


Parking is in the fields adjaced to the gardens and will be clearly signed from the A76. There is no charge for parking. Please wear sensible footwear as it can get very muddy in the car park and gardens. The garden opening is one of the most popular in the SG calendar, so please bear with us during busy times. We would like to make sure that everyone is parked safely.


You may bring a dog to the garden. It must be kept on a lead at all times and any dog mess must be cleaned up by the owner.


Teas, coffees, scones and cakes available, no hot food.


The Upper Nithsdale Pipe Band will perform at 1.30pm and 3pm near the teas, weather permitting.


We do not have a telephone number or email address for Mr Charles Jencks. If you wish to contact him please write to him at Charles Jencks, Portrack House, Holywood DG2 0RW.


Hollywood one and a half miles off A76, five miles north of Dumfries.

Disabled Access

There is limited disabled access through some paths, but others may be too sleep or slippery. There are no disabled toilets.


Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres receives 40% of the takings, the net remaining goes to Scotland's Gardens Beneficiary Charities.