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House of Gruinard

House of Gruinard

Laide, by Achnasheen IV22 2NQ
The Hon Mrs A G Maclay
Wednesday 25 May, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
2c
T:01445 731235 office@houseofgruinard.com
Superb hidden and unexpected garden developed in sympathy with stunning west coast estuary location. Wide variety of interesting herbaceous and shrub borders with water garden and extended wild planting.

Directions: On the A832, 12 miles north of Inverewe and nine miles south of Dundonnell.

Admission: £4.50, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice 60%
Gorthleck House Garden

Gorthleck House Garden

Stratherrick IV2 6UJ
Steve and Katie Smith
Friday 27 May - Sunday 5 June, 10am - 6pm (2022)
T:07710 325903 gorthleckgarden@gmail.com
Gorthleck is an unusual 20-acre woodland garden built in an unlikely place, on and around an exposed rocky ridge which offers long views of the surrounding countryside in the ‘borrowed landscape’ tradition of Japanese gardens. The layout of the garden works with the natural features of the landscape with numerous paths, hedges and shelter belts creating clearly defined areas where a large collection of trees and shrubs are thriving. The garden includes over 400 different varieties of rhododendrons, half of which are species, and a large variety of bamboos. It is a large garden so allow sufficient time to see it properly.

Directions: From the A9, take the B851 towards Fort Augustus to join the B862. Go through the village of Errogie where there is a sharp left-hand bend on the road. After approximately one mile, there is a small church on the left. The Gorthleck drive is directly opposite the church and the house can be seen on the hill to the left as you follow the drive to the left of the new house. Visitors can park on the verges at the top of the drive. 

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Maggie's 60%
Dundonnell House

Dundonnell House

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QW
Dundonnell Estates
Thursday 2 June, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
0c6e7
T:07789 390028 sueandwill@icloud.com
Camellias, magnolias and bulbs in spring, rhododendrons and laburnum walk in this ancient walled garden. Exciting planting in new borders gives all year colour centred around one of the oldest yew trees in Scotland. A new water sculpture, midsummer roses, recently restored unique Victorian glass house, riverside walk, arboretum - all in the valley below the peaks of An Teallach.
Champion Trees: Yew and Holly

Directions: Turn off the A835 at Braemore on to the A832. After 11 miles take the Badralloch turn for a half mile.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Sylva Foundation 30% & Euan Macdonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research 30%
Field House

Field House

Belladrum, Beauly IV4 7BA
Mr and Mrs D Paterson
Sunday 12 June, 2pm - 4:30pm (2022)
2c6
Informal country garden developed over 30 years. Set in one acre with woodland area, ponds, terraces, attractive features and hidden corners. Large variety of interesting trees, shrubs and perennials. Raised decking area with fabulous views over farmland and surrounding countryside.

Directions: Four miles from Beauly on the A833 Beauly to Drumnadrochit road, then follow the signs to Belladrum.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Highland Disability Sport: Swim Team 60%
Old Allangrange

Old Allangrange

Munlochy IV8 8NZ
J J Gladwin
Sunday 19 June, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
26e
T:01463 811304 office@blackislegardendesign.com
The original garden surrounds an 18th-century orange lime-washed house. There is a formalish parterre in front of the house with loose planting in the individual beds, a terrace garden, lime pom pom bed planted with roses, herb garden, mound, orchard, all linked with various styles of hedges - pleached lime, yew, beech, box, holly, mixed. Recently we have started to remove perimeter wire fences and replace them with log walls and brash hedges. The hedges are treated with different degrees of formality. There is a five-acre organic vegetable garden laid out in a Triskele form, with two polytunnels. We use a no-dig system of cultivation within a permaculture design. We will also run workshops on all matters horticultural starting from Jan 22.
Champion Trees: Yew and sweet chestnut

Directions: From Inverness head four miles north on the A9, and follow the directions for Black Isle Brewery. Park up at the Brewery and walk down to the garden. Directions will be given in the shop.

Admission: £7.50, children free
Charities: Black Isle Bee Gardens 60%
House of Aigas and Field Centre

House of Aigas and Field Centre

by Beauly IV4 7AD
Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye
Sunday 26 June, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
2c6e
T:01463 782443 info@aigas.co.uk
The House of Aigas has a small arboretum of named Victorian specimen trees and modern additions. The garden consists of extensive rockeries, herbaceous borders, ponds and shrubs. Aigas Field Centre rangers lead regular guided walks on nature trails through woodland, moorland and around a loch.
Champion Trees: Douglas fir, Atlas cedar and Sequoiadendron giganteum

Directions: Four and a half miles from Beauly on the A831 Cannich/Glen Affric road.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird branch 60%
Torcroft

Torcroft

Balnain, Glenurquhart IV63 6TJ
Barbara Craig
Monday 4 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
barbaramcraig@gmail.com
This garden is about three-quarters of an acre on a hillside overlooking Loch Meiklie in Glen Urquhart. It is a wild garden, with its own character and style. There are weeds and cardamine for the orange-tip butterflies, but most of all there are plants in profusion from acer, anemone and astrantia to veronicastrum, verbascum, weigela and water lilies. A natural stream comes into the garden and meanders into various small ponds. In the spring there are masses of bog primula of all types and colours. There is a fern bed, a rockery, herbs, wooded area, a stumpery and another pond nearby.

Directions: From Inverness turn right at Drumnadrochit and go towards Cannich. After four miles, sign Balnain, there is a very sharp right-hand bend with a high retaining wall on the right. At the end of the wall take the turning to the right signposted Torcroft Lodges.

Admission: £3.00
Charities: Send a Cow 30% & Munlochy Animal Aid 30%
2 Durnamuck

2 Durnamuck

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QZ
Will Soos and Susan Pomeroy
Saturday 9 July, 11am - 5pm (2022)
0ck
T:01854 633761 sueandwill@icloud.com Also find us on FB
Our garden is south-east facing on the edge of Little Loch Broom. It is a coastal plantsman’s garden with a rich mix of herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, vegetables, drystone wall planting, South African/Mediterranean plants, a wild meadow and stunning views. Many of the plants have been collected from all over the world, and growing them has provided obvious challenges but with a pleasing outcome. Featured in 2019 entries in Gardens Illustrated, Homes & Gardens, and the Beechgrove Garden. Entry in the English Garden magazine in September 2020. A wood and stone Wee Garden Hut accommodation soon to be available for garden passionate people. Enquiries to sueandwill@icloud.com. Small and compact but very beautiful in its own garden.

Directions: On the A832, between Dundonnell and Ullapool, take the turning along the single-track road signed Badcaul, continue to the yellow salt bin, turn right, go to the bottom of the hill and 2 Durnamuck is the house with the red roof. There is parking down by the house if needed.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Butterfly Conservation 30% & An Talla Solais Ullapool Visual Arts: Dolphin Arts Project 30%
7 Braes of Conon

7 Braes of Conon

Conon Bridge IV7 8AX
Mr Nigel Stanton
Saturday 9 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
2459
This small cottage garden is a specialist's treat by a professional. After growing flowers commercially for 27 years in England, Nigel Stanton moved to the Highlands in 2014. The garden needed imported local topsoil and lots of manure. Now, seven years later, with the help of raised beds and paved paths, the fruits of his endeavours are a delight. Specialities include magnificent delphiniums, rampant sweet peas and subtly blended roses.

Directions: Coming into Conon Bridge on the A862 from Muir of Ord, turn right into the Braes of Conon, and follow road signs to No 7. From Dingwall, take the A835 towards Tore at the Maryburgh roundabout, then turn first right towards Conon Bridge, and follow the signs.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: British Red Cross 60%
7 Braes of Conon

7 Braes of Conon

Conon Bridge IV7 8AX
Mr Nigel Stanton
Sunday 10 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
2459
This small cottage garden is a specialist's treat by a professional. After growing flowers commercially for 27 years in England, Nigel Stanton moved to the Highlands in 2014. The garden needed imported local topsoil and lots of manure. Now, seven years later, with the help of raised beds and paved paths, the fruits of his endeavours are a delight. Specialities include magnificent delphiniums, rampant sweet peas and subtly blended roses.

Directions: Coming into Conon Bridge on the A862 from Muir of Ord, turn right into the Braes of Conon, and follow road signs to No 7. From Dingwall, take the A835 towards Tore at the Maryburgh roundabout, then turn first right towards Conon Bridge, and follow the signs.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird Branch 60%
Torcroft

Torcroft

Balnain, Glenurquhart IV63 6TJ
Barbara Craig
Monday 11 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
barbaramcraig@gmail.com
This garden is about three-quarters of an acre on a hillside overlooking Loch Meiklie in Glen Urquhart. It is a wild garden, with its own character and style. There are weeds and cardamine for the orange-tip butterflies, but most of all there are plants in profusion from acer, anemone and astrantia to veronicastrum, verbascum, weigela and water lilies. A natural stream comes into the garden and meanders into various small ponds. In the spring there are masses of bog primula of all types and colours. There is a fern bed, a rockery, herbs, wooded area, a stumpery and another pond nearby.

Directions: From Inverness turn right at Drumnadrochit and go towards Cannich. After four miles, sign Balnain, there is a very sharp right-hand bend with a high retaining wall on the right. At the end of the wall take the turning to the right signposted Torcroft Lodges.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Send a Cow 30% & Munlochy Animal Aid 30%
Kiltarlity Gardens

Kiltarlity Gardens

Kiltarlity IV4 7JH
Sheila Ross, Neil and Frances Macritchie
Sunday 17 July, 12pm - 5pm (2022)
2c67
T:01463 741365 accounts@highlandliliums.co.uk
Aird View 30a Camault Muir, Kiltarlity IV4 7JH (Sheila Ross): The garden at Aird View offers a mix of borders, a water feature, an arbour and a newly added herbaceous border. There are also fruit trees and vegetable beds.
Highland Liliums 10 Loaneckheim, Kiltarlity IV4 7JQ (Neil and Frances Macritchie): Highland Liliums is a working retail nursery with spectacular views over the Beauly valley and Strathfarrar hills. A wide selection of home-grown plants are available including alpines, ferns, grasses, herbaceous, herbs, liliums, primulas and shrubs.

Directions: For Aird View, take the A833 Beauly to Drumnadrochit road, pass Brockies Lodge. Turn right at the bus shelter and follow the single track road to junction at school. Turn left up the hill to the top at junction. Aird View is on the right.  For Highland Liliums, turn up Post Office Brae in Kiltarlity then turn right after the Free Church. Follow the road signposted to Highland Liliums.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird branch 60%
Torcroft

Torcroft

Balnain, Glenurquhart IV63 6TJ
Barbara Craig
Monday 18 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
barbaramcraig@gmail.com
This garden is about three-quarters of an acre on a hillside overlooking Loch Meiklie in Glen Urquhart. It is a wild garden, with its own character and style. There are weeds and cardamine for the orange-tip butterflies, but most of all there are plants in profusion from acer, anemone and astrantia to veronicastrum, verbascum, weigela and water lilies. A natural stream comes into the garden and meanders into various small ponds. In the spring there are masses of bog primula of all types and colours. There is a fern bed, a rockery, herbs, wooded area, a stumpery and another pond nearby.

Directions: From Inverness turn right at Drumnadrochit and go towards Cannich. After four miles, sign Balnain, there is a very sharp right-hand bend with a high retaining wall on the right. At the end of the wall take the turning to the right signposted Torcroft Lodges.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Send a Cow 30% & Munlochy Animal Aid 30%
Ar Dachaigh

Ar Dachaigh

Redhill Farm, Allanfearn, Inverness IV2 7JA
Mrs Tina Ross
Sunday 24 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
2c9
T:07920 803410 tinaross463@hotmail.co.uk
This sloping garden has stunning views towards Kessock Bridge, the Black Isle, and the Great Glen. The site is very exposed, and over the last three years a lot of time and effort has been spent erecting hedging and fences to create shelter for numerous well-stocked flower beds in various planting styles. There are two ponds, five decking areas, and a secret nook, a large greenhouse and a large display of plants in pots.

Directions: Ar Dachaigh is to be found on a farm directly off the A96, four-and-a-half miles east of Inverness. From Inverness head east along the A96. Shortly after the turn off for Alturlie, there is a turn off on the left with an old phonebox - this is the drive for Ar Dachaigh. From the East: Once you have passed the Balloch junction, the turn off for the garden will be on your right hand side at the old telephone box. Please take care as this is a busy stretch of the A96, and there are no filter lanes. There is a railway crossing on the drive, but this will be manned on the day.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Teenage Cancer Trust 60%
Torcroft

Torcroft

Balnain, Glenurquhart IV63 6TJ
Barbara Craig
Monday 25 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
barbaramcraig@gmail.com
This garden is about three-quarters of an acre on a hillside overlooking Loch Meiklie in Glen Urquhart. It is a wild garden, with its own character and style. There are weeds and cardamine for the orange-tip butterflies, but most of all there are plants in profusion from acer, anemone and astrantia to veronicastrum, verbascum, weigela and water lilies. A natural stream comes into the garden and meanders into various small ponds. In the spring there are masses of bog primula of all types and colours. There is a fern bed, a rockery, herbs, wooded area, a stumpery and another pond nearby.

Directions: From Inverness turn right at Drumnadrochit and go towards Cannich. After four miles, sign Balnain, there is a very sharp right-hand bend with a high retaining wall on the right. At the end of the wall take the turning to the right signposted Torcroft Lodges.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Send a Cow 30% & Munlochy Animal Aid 30%
House of Aigas and Field Centre

House of Aigas and Field Centre

by Beauly IV4 7AD
Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye
Sunday 31 July, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
2c6e
T:01463 782443 info@aigas.co.uk
The House of Aigas has a small arboretum of named Victorian specimen trees and modern additions. The garden consists of extensive rockeries, herbaceous borders, ponds and shrubs. Aigas Field Centre rangers lead regular guided walks on nature trails through woodland, moorland and around a loch.
Champion Trees: Douglas fir, Atlas cedar and Sequoiadendron giganteum

Directions: Four and a half miles from Beauly on the A831 Cannich/Glen Affric road.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird branch 60%
2 Durnamuck

2 Durnamuck

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QZ
Will Soos and Susan Pomeroy
Saturday 20 August, 11am - 5pm (2022)
0ck
T:01854 633761 sueandwill@icloud.com Also find us on FB
Our garden is south-east facing on the edge of Little Loch Broom. It is a coastal plantsman’s garden with a rich mix of herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, vegetables, drystone wall planting, South African/Mediterranean plants, a wild meadow and stunning views. Many of the plants have been collected from all over the world, and growing them has provided obvious challenges but with a pleasing outcome. Featured in 2019 entries in Gardens Illustrated, Homes & Gardens, and the Beechgrove Garden. Entry in the English Garden magazine in September 2020. A wood and stone Wee Garden Hut accommodation soon to be available for garden passionate people. Enquiries to sueandwill@icloud.com. Small and compact but very beautiful in its own garden.

Directions: On the A832, between Dundonnell and Ullapool, take the turning along the single-track road signed Badcaul, continue to the yellow salt bin, turn right, go to the bottom of the hill and 2 Durnamuck is the house with the red roof. There is parking down by the house if needed.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Butterfly Conservation 30% & An Talla Solais Ullapool Visual Arts: Dolphin Arts Project 30%
Dundonnell House

Dundonnell House

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QW
Dundonnell Estates
Thursday 1 September, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
c6e7
T:07789 390028 sueandwill@icloud.com
Camellias, magnolias and bulbs in spring, rhododendrons and laburnum walk in this ancient walled garden. Exciting planting in new borders gives all year colour centred around one of the oldest yew trees in Scotland. A new water sculpture, midsummer roses, recently restored unique Victorian glass house, riverside walk, arboretum - all in the valley below the peaks of An Teallach.
Champion Trees: Yew and Holly

Directions: Turn off the A835 at Braemore on to the A832. After 11 miles take the Badralloch turn for a half mile.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Sylva Foundation 30% & Euan Macdonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research 30%
Old Allangrange

Old Allangrange

Munlochy IV8 8NZ
J J Gladwin
Sunday 11 September, 2pm - 5pm (2022)
26e
T:01463 811304 office@blackislegardendesign.com
The original garden surrounds an 18th-century orange lime-washed house. There is a formalish parterre in front of the house with loose planting in the individual beds, a terrace garden, lime pom pom bed planted with roses, herb garden, mound, orchard, all linked with various styles of hedges - pleached lime, yew, beech, box, holly, mixed. Recently we have started to remove perimeter wire fences and replace them with log walls and brash hedges. The hedges are treated with different degrees of formality. There is a five-acre organic vegetable garden laid out in a Triskele form, with two polytunnels. We use a no-dig system of cultivation within a permaculture design. We will also run workshops on all matters horticultural starting from Jan 22.
Champion Trees: Yew and sweet chestnut

Directions: From Inverness head four miles north on the A9, and follow the directions for Black Isle Brewery. Park up at the Brewery and walk down to the garden. Directions will be given in the shop.

Admission: £7.50, children free
Charities: Black Isle Bee Gardens 60%
Oldtown of Leys Garden

Oldtown of Leys Garden

Inverness IV2 6AE
David and Anne Sutherland
1 January - 29 April, 30 April - 31 October (not Thursdays & Fridays) & 1 November - 31 December, dawn - dusk (2022)
467
T:01463 238238 ams@oldtownofleys.com
Established in 2003, on the outskirts of Inverness, with views over the town, this large garden of three acres has year-round interest. Spring rhododendrons and azaleas, summer herbaceous plantings, autumn trees and shrubs and winter appeal from the conifers, evergreens and structures. Features include a rockery, ponds, musical instruments, a new stumpery and, in construction for 2022, an area of prairie planting.

Directions: Turn off southern distributor road (B8082) at Leys roundabout towards Inverarnie (B861). At the T-junction turn right. After 50 yards turn right into Oldtown of Leys.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Scotland's Gardens Scheme SCIO 20%, Alzheimer Scotland 20% & Highland Hospice 20%
Highland Liliums

Highland Liliums

10 Loaneckheim, Kiltarlity IV4 7JQ
Neil and Frances Macritchie
Open daily, 9am - 5pm (2022)
c57
T:01463 741365 accounts@highlandliliums.co.uk
Highland Liliums is a working retail nursery with spectacular views over the Beauly valley and Strathfarrar hills. A wide selection of home-grown plants available including alpines, ferns, grasses, herbaceous, herbs, liliums, primulas and shrubs.

Directions: Signposted from Kiltarlity village, which is just off the Beauly to Drumnadrochit road (A833), approximately 12 miles from Inverness.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Raasay Walled Garden

Raasay Walled Garden

Isle of Raasay IV40 8PB
Raasay Community
Open daily, 10am - 5pm (2022)
c679
T:07939 106426 raasaywalledgarden@gmail.com
Situated behind Raasay House, a 10 minute walk from the Ferry Terminal, is the Category A listed Walled Garden. Visited by Boswell & Johnson in 1773, the garden suffered neglect before coming into Community ownership. Ongoing restoration began in 2013 and the 1.43 acre garden now supplies vegetables, fruit, salad, herbs & cut flowers to the community and visitors. Features an orchard, rose beds, polytunnels, a fruit cage, wildflowers for pollinators and insects, and plenty of seats. We have a composting toilet for visitors' use. June & July provide the most colourful time, and our main produce harvests take place from May to September. We run events during the year - please check our FB page for details. The garden isn't always manned, so please contact for further details.

Directions: Take the Calmac Ferry to Raasay (20 minute journey) from Sconser, between Broadford and Portree on the Isle of Skye. The garden is an easy walk from the terminal and there is plenty to do and see on foot, although cars can also cross.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Abriachan Garden Nursery

Abriachan Garden Nursery

Loch Ness Side IV3 8LA
Mr and Mrs Davidson
1 February - 30 November, 9am - 7pm (2022)
c467
T:01463 861232 info@lochnessgarden.com
This is an outstanding garden with over four acres of exciting plantings with winding paths through native woodlands. Seasonal highlights include snowdrops, hellebores, primulas, meconopsis, hardy geraniums and colour-themed summer beds. Views over Loch Ness.

Directions: On the A82 Inverness/Drumnadrochit road, about eight miles south of Inverness.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice 60%
Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Isle of Skye IV55 8WF
Hugh Macleod of Macleod
1 April - 15 October, 10am - 5:30pm (2022)
467k
T:01470 521206 info@dunvegancastle.com
Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without enjoying the wealth of history and horticultural delights at award-winning 5* Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. The five acres of formal gardens began life in the 18th century. In stark contrast to the barren moorland and mountains which dominate Skye's landscape, the Castle's Water Garden, Round Garden, Walled Garden and woodland walks provide an oasis for an eclectic mix of flowers, exotic plants, shrubs and specimen trees, framed by shimmering pools fed from waterfalls. After visiting the Water Garden with its ornate bridges and islands replete with colourful plants along the riverbanks, wander through the elegant formal Round Garden. The Walled Garden, formerly the Castle's vegetable garden, is now a diverse range of plants and flowers completing the attractive features including a water lily pond, garden museum, 17th century lectern sundial, glass house and the 'Dunvegan Pebble' a rotating 2.7 ton Carrara marble sculpture. The informal areas of the garden are kept wild to encourage wildlife, creating a more natural aesthetic framed by the coastal scenery. The present Chief, Hugh MacLeod, and his dedicated team of gardeners continue to build on this unique legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Directions: One mile from Dunvegan village, 23 miles west of Portree. Follow the signs for Dunvegan Castle.

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Attadale

Attadale

Strathcarron IV54 8YX
Mr Ewen Macpherson
1 April - 30 October, 10am - 5:30pm (2022)
3c67k
T:01520 722603 info@attadalegardens.com
The Gulf Stream, surrounding hills and rocky cliffs create a microclimate for 20 acres of outstanding water gardens, old rhododendrons, unusual trees and a fern collection in a geodesic dome. There is also a sunken fern garden developed on the site of an early 19th-century drain, a waterfall into a pool with dwarf rhododendrons, sunken garden, peace garden and kitchen garden. Other features include a conservatory, Japanese garden, sculpture collection and giant sundial.

Directions: On the A890 between Strathcarron and South Strome.

Admission: £10.00, children £1.00
Charities: The Howard Doris Centre 60%
Glenkyllachy

Glenkyllachy

Tomatin IV13 7YA
Mr and Mrs Philip Mackenzie
1 April - 31 October (Mondays & Tuesdays), 11am - 5pm (2022)
07
emmaglenkyllachy@gmail.com
In a magnificent Highland glen, at 1200 feet above sea level, Glenkyllachy offers a glorious garden of shrubs, herbaceous plants, rhododendrons, trees and spectacular views down the Findhorn River. There are some rare specimens and a recently planted arboretum. Rhododendrons and bulbs flower in May/June, herbaceous plants bloom through July/August with glorious autumn colours September and October. Original sculptures and a Highgrove-inspired wall provide year-round interest. Featured on the Beechgrove Garden in 2018. We took advantage of Lockdown in 2020 to re-assess existing plant schemes and create new borders and paths. We have also extended the garden with a 'wild area' blending the garden into the beautiful birch and juniper natural hillside.

Directions: Turn off the A9 at Tomatin and take the Coignafearn/Garbole single-track road down the north-side of the River Findhorn, there is a cattle grid and gate on the right 500 yards AFTER the humpback bridge and the sign to Farr.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Marie Curie 60%
Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum

Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS
1 3 April - 31 October (not Mondays & Tuesdays), 9:30am - 5:30pm. Last entrance 5pm. Please check our website before travel, due to works taking place in 2022 https://www.armadalecastle.com/plan-your-visit/. (2022)
46d7k9
T:01471 844305 office@armadalecastle.com
Armadale Castle Gardens sit in a magnificent setting on the southern tip of the Isle of Skye, with sweeping views over the Sound of Sleat to the mountains of Knoydart. The estate was once the seat of the Macdonalds of Sleat and is now run by a charitable trust. Visitors can enjoy 40 acres of historic woodland gardens featuring 19th century specimen trees and exotic shrubs. Formal lawns, tranquil ponds and colourful herbaceous borders are set around the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle. There’s also an adventure playground, café, and fascinating museum telling the story of the Highlands & Islands through the eyes of Clan Donald. Regretfully the cafe and museum will be closed for 2022 due to necessary work being undertaken, details of these changes can be viewed at https://www.armadalecastle.com/opening-changes-2022/.

Directions: On the A851, close to the Armadale Ferry terminal and approx 30 minutes drive from the Skye Bridge. Public transport: Local buses from Broadford; or train to Mallaig then 25 min ferry to Armadale (CalMac ferries) and then a 10 minutes walk.

Admission: details can be found on the garden's website
Charities: Donation to SGS Beneficiaries
Balmeanach House

Balmeanach House

Balmeanach, nr Struan, Isle of Skye IV56 8FH
Mrs Arlene Macphie
1 May - 1 October, 11:30am - 4:30pm (2022)
7k
T:01470 572320 info@skye-holiday.com
Very much a plantsman's garden, begun in the early 1990s after a third-of-an-acre of croft land was fenced. A shelter belt now permits a plethora of diverse plants in exuberant herbaceous borders, which gives nectar and pollen to keep the buzzing and fluttering going until autumn, plus rockeries and raised beds. Native trees rub shoulders with more exotic ornamental varieties, providing a canopy for shade-loving plants and nesting sites for the many birds who make the garden their home. A small pond in a sunken garden, a large pond divided in two by a path over a culvert, and a bog garden, give scope for marginal and moisture-loving plants. Meandering pathways lead through a small bluebell wood, an arbour garden, shrubbery and a small birch wood, full of azaleas and rhododendrons. Plenty of seating throughout provides an invitation to sit, relax and enjoy the garden, and stunning scenery beyond.

Directions: A87 to Sligachan, turn left, Balmeanach is five miles north of Struan and five miles south of Dunvegan.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Scottish SPCA 60%
Leathad Ard

Leathad Ard

Upper Carloway, Isle of Lewis HS2 9AQ
Rowena and Stuart Oakley
2 May - 30 September (not Sundays), 10am - 6pm (2022)
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T:01851 643204 stuart.oakley1a@gmail.com
A one-acre sloping garden with stunning views over East Loch Roag. It has evolved along with the shelter hedges that divide the garden into a number of areas giving a new view at every corner. With shelter and raised beds, the different conditions created permit a wide variety of plants to be grown. Features include herbaceous borders, cutting borders, bog gardens, grass garden, exposed beds, patios, a pond and vegetables and fruit grown both in the open ground and the Keder greenhouse. Some of the vegetables are grown to show standards.

Directions: On the A858 Shawbost-Carloway, first right after the Carloway football pitch, and the first house on the right. By bus take the Westside circular bus, exit Stornoway, head for Carloway football pitch.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: British Red Cross 60%
Pabbay House Woodland Garden

Pabbay House Woodland Garden

Pabbay House, 23 Back, Isle of Lewis HS2 0LQ
Barbara & Boyd Mackenzie
2 May - 31 August (not Saturdays & Sundays), 2pm - 5pm (2022)
467k9
T:01851 820443 info@pabbayhouse.com
Pabbay House Woodland is a two-acre site on the east coast of Lewis, comprising mostly native trees and wildflowers. It incorporates all the trees associated with the mediaeval Celtic ogham. The Back burn meanders through the woods along a short walk. Visitors will find tranquillity and are encouraged to bring a picnic and stay as long as they wish. Suggestions on improving the woodland are always welcome.

Directions: The Woodland Garden is a 20 minute drive from Stornoway on the B895 to Tolsta and its beaches. Turn left in the village of Back, just past the Free Church. Garden also on the Stornoway-Back bus route.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Scotland's Gardens Scheme SCIO 35% & Bethesda Care Home and Hospice 25%
5 Knott

5 Knott

Clachamish, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9NZ
Brian and Joyce Heggie
26 June - 18 September (Mondays, Fridays & Sundays), 2pm - 5pm (2022)
2c6k
T:01470 582213 jbheggie@hotmail.co.uk
An informal, organic garden on a gently sloping half acre site. Perimeter hedging has enabled a sheltered and tranquil oasis to be created. Winding paths meander through the densely planted borders filled with a diverse range of perennials, annuals and shrubs. There is also a vegetable area with raised beds and a large polytunnel. A developing wild flower meadow with sea loch views leads onto a sheltered bay and a shoreside walk to the headland. There are regular sightings of seals, otters, sea eagles and harbour porpoises. Garden seating in several locations. The garden is situated in an easily reached, particularly quiet and scenic area of Skye.

Directions: From Portree, take the A87 to Uig/Dunvegan. After approximately three miles, take the A850 towards Dunvegan. Six miles on, pass the Treaslane sign. Turn right on the bend at the signpost for Knott.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Crossroads Care Skye & Lochalsh 60%
Old Allangrange

Old Allangrange

Munlochy IV8 8NZ
J J Gladwin
By arrangement (2022)
26e
T:01463 811304 office@blackislegardendesign.com
The original garden surrounds an 18th-century orange lime-washed house. There is a formalish parterre in front of the house with loose planting in the individual beds, a terrace garden, lime pom pom bed planted with roses, herb garden, mound, orchard, all linked with various styles of hedges - pleached lime, yew, beech, box, holly, mixed. Recently we have started to remove perimeter wire fences and replace them with log walls and brash hedges. The hedges are treated with different degrees of formality. There is a five-acre organic vegetable garden laid out in a Triskele form, with two polytunnels. We use a no-dig system of cultivation within a permaculture design. We will also run workshops on all matters horticultural starting from Jan 22.
Champion Trees: Yew and sweet chestnut

Directions: From Inverness head four miles north on the A9, and follow the directions for Black Isle Brewery. Park up at the Brewery and walk down to the garden. Directions will be given in the shop.

Admission: £7.50, children free
Charities: Black Isle Bee Gardens 60%
House of Aigas and Field Centre

House of Aigas and Field Centre

by Beauly IV4 7AD
Sir John and Lady Lister-Kaye
By arrangement between 1 April - 31 October (2022)
6e
T:01463 782443 info@aigas.co.uk
The House of Aigas has a small arboretum of named Victorian specimen trees and modern additions. The garden consists of extensive rockeries, herbaceous borders, ponds and shrubs. Aigas Field Centre rangers lead regular guided walks on nature trails through woodland, moorland and around a loch.
Champion Trees: Douglas fir, Atlas cedar and Sequoiadendron giganteum

Directions: Four and a half miles from Beauly on the A831 Cannich/Glen Affric road.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Highland Hospice: Aird branch 60%
Glenkyllachy

Glenkyllachy

Tomatin IV13 7YA
Mr and Mrs Philip Mackenzie
By arrangement between 1 April - 31 October (2022)
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emmaglenkyllachy@gmail.com
In a magnificent Highland glen, at 1200 feet above sea level, Glenkyllachy offers a glorious garden of shrubs, herbaceous plants, rhododendrons, trees and spectacular views down the Findhorn River. There are some rare specimens and a recently planted arboretum. Rhododendrons and bulbs flower in May/June, herbaceous plants bloom through July/August with glorious autumn colours September and October. Original sculptures and a Highgrove-inspired wall provide year-round interest. Featured on the Beechgrove Garden in 2018. We took advantage of Lockdown in 2020 to re-assess existing plant schemes and create new borders and paths. We have also extended the garden with a 'wild area' blending the garden into the beautiful birch and juniper natural hillside.

Directions: Turn off the A9 at Tomatin and take the Coignafearn/Garbole single-track road down the north-side of the River Findhorn, there is a cattle grid and gate on the right 500 yards AFTER the humpback bridge and the sign to Farr.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Marie Curie 60%
Berryfield House

Berryfield House

Lentran, Inverness IV3 8RJ
Lynda Perch-Nielsen
By arrangement between 1 April - 1 August (2022)
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T:01463 831346 M: 07547 960341 lyndazpn@gmail.com
An open garden of trees and bushes with views across the Beauly Firth to Ben Wyvis. There are large swathes of bulbs: crocus, dogs tooth violets and heritage daffodils. A three-acre wildflower meadow with meandering paths adjoins the garden giving interest until the start of autumn foliage and crocus.

Directions: Halfway between Inverness and Beauly on the A862. From Inverness, four-and-a-quarter miles on the left from crossing over the Clachnaharry railway bridge. From Beauly, one-and-a-quarter miles on the right from The Old North Inn.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Action Medical Research 60%
Torcroft

Torcroft

Balnain, Glenurquhart IV63 6TJ
Barbara Craig
By arrangement between 1 April - 31 October (2022)
barbaramcraig@gmail.com
This garden is about three-quarters of an acre on a hillside overlooking Loch Meiklie in Glen Urquhart. It is a wild garden, with its own character and style. There are weeds and cardamine for the orange-tip butterflies, but most of all there are plants in profusion from acer, anemone and astrantia to veronicastrum, verbascum, weigela and water lilies. A natural stream comes into the garden and meanders into various small ponds. In the spring there are masses of bog primula of all types and colours. There is a fern bed, a rockery, herbs, wooded area, a stumpery and another pond nearby.

Directions: From Inverness turn right at Drumnadrochit and go towards Cannich. After four miles, sign Balnain, there is a very sharp right-hand bend with a high retaining wall on the right. At the end of the wall take the turning to the right signposted Torcroft Lodges.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Send a Cow 30% & Munlochy Animal Aid 30%
Dundonnell House

Dundonnell House

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QW
Dundonnell Estates
By arrangement between 1 April - 30 September (2022)
c6e7
T:07789 390028 sueandwill@icloud.com
Camellias, magnolias and bulbs in spring, rhododendrons and laburnum walk in this ancient walled garden. Exciting planting in new borders gives all year colour centred around one of the oldest yew trees in Scotland. A new water sculpture, midsummer roses, recently restored unique Victorian glass house, riverside walk, arboretum - all in the valley below the peaks of An Teallach.
Champion Trees: Yew and Holly

Directions: Turn off the A835 at Braemore on to the A832. After 11 miles take the Badralloch turn for a half mile.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Sylva Foundation 30% & Euan Macdonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research 30%
The Lookout

The Lookout

Kilmuir, North Kessock IV1 3ZG
David and Penny Veitch
By arrangement between 1 June - 30 September (Wednesdays & Thursdays) (2022)
T:01463 731489 david@veitch.biz
A three-quarter-acre, elevated coastal garden, with incredible views over the Moray Firth, which is only for the sure-footed. This award-winning garden, featured on the The Beechgrove Garden, has been created out of a rock base with shallow pockets of ground, planted to its advantage to encourage all aspects of wildlife. There is a small, sheltered courtyard, raised bed vegetable area, pretty cottage garden, scree and rock garden, rose arbour, rhododendrons, flowering shrubs, bamboos, trees and lily pond with waterside plants.

Directions: From Inverness, take the North Kessock left turn from the A9, and third left at the roundabout to go on the underpass, then sharp left onto Kilmuir Road. From Tore, take the slip road for North Kessock and immediately right for Kilmuir. Follow signs for Kilmuir (three miles) until you reach the shore. The Lookout is near the far end of the village with a large palm tree in front, surrounded by gravel.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer's Research UK 60%
5 Knott

5 Knott

Clachamish, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9NZ
Brian and Joyce Heggie
By arrangement between 1 June - 30 September (2022)
6k
T:01470 582213 jbheggie@hotmail.co.uk
An informal, organic garden on a gently sloping half acre site. Perimeter hedging has enabled a sheltered and tranquil oasis to be created. Winding paths meander through the densely planted borders filled with a diverse range of perennials, annuals and shrubs. There is also a vegetable area with raised beds and a large polytunnel. A developing wild flower meadow with sea loch views leads onto a sheltered bay and a shoreside walk to the headland. There are regular sightings of seals, otters, sea eagles and harbour porpoises. Garden seating in several locations. The garden is situated in an easily reached, particularly quiet and scenic area of Skye.

Directions: From Portree, take the A87 to Uig/Dunvegan. After approximately three miles, take the A850 towards Dunvegan. Six miles on, pass the Treaslane sign. Turn right on the bend at the signpost for Knott.

Admission: £4.00, children free
Charities: Crossroads Care Skye & Lochalsh 60%
Shanvall

Shanvall

Glentruim, Newtonmore PH20 1BE
George and Beth Alder
By arrangement between 1 July - 15 August (2022)
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T:01540 673213 beth.alder@yahoo.co.uk
The garden is two thirds of an acre at 900 feet above sea level, surrounding a 19th-century cottage. On the south side of the River Spey, it has lovely views of the Creag Dubh and Creag Meagaidh mountains. There are ruined buildings of an old township within the garden. To the south is a garden of roses and perennials. Within a stone wall, there are fruit cages, a small orchard and organic vegetable beds which have been cultivated for about 200 years. The garden on the north slopes has trees, shrubs, herbaceous border, wildflowers, a pond and is rich with wildlife, including woodpeckers and red squirrels.

Directions: Shanvall is on the minor road running along the south side of the Spey, linking the A9 south of Newtonmore at Glentruim and the A889 at Catlodge. The garden gate is on the right about one-and-a-half miles from the A9. Further details on request.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Laggan and Newtonmore Church of Scotland 60%
2 Durnamuck

2 Durnamuck

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QZ
Will Soos and Susan Pomeroy
By arrangement between 1 July - 30 September (2022)
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T:01854 633761 sueandwill@icloud.com Also find us on FB
Our garden is south-east facing on the edge of Little Loch Broom. It is a coastal plantsman’s garden with a rich mix of herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, vegetables, drystone wall planting, South African/Mediterranean plants, a wild meadow and stunning views. Many of the plants have been collected from all over the world, and growing them has provided obvious challenges but with a pleasing outcome. Featured in 2019 entries in Gardens Illustrated, Homes & Gardens, and the Beechgrove Garden. Entry in the English Garden magazine in September 2020. A wood and stone Wee Garden Hut accommodation soon to be available for garden passionate people. Enquiries to sueandwill@icloud.com. Small and compact but very beautiful in its own garden.

Directions: On the A832, between Dundonnell and Ullapool, take the turning along the single-track road signed Badcaul, continue to the yellow salt bin, turn right, go to the bottom of the hill and 2 Durnamuck is the house with the red roof. There is parking down by the house if needed.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Butterfly Conservation 30% & An Talla Solais Ullapool Visual Arts: Dolphin Arts Project 30%