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2 Durnamuck

2 Durnamuck

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QZ
Will Soos and Susan Pomeroy
Sunday 25 August, 12pm - 5pm (2019)
2
T:01854 633761 sueandwill@icloud.com
Our garden is situated on the edge of Little Loch Broom and is south-east facing. It is a coastal plantsman’s garden with a rich mix of herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, vegetables, drystone wall planting, South African plants, Mediterranean plants, a wild meadow and stunning views. Many of the plants have been collected from all over the world and growing them in Durnamuck has provided the obvious challenges but with an overall pleasing outcome. We were lucky enough to be featured on Gardeners’ World in 2016 and Garden Magazine and Country Life in 2017.

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: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Aspinall Foundation 60%
Old Allangrange

Old Allangrange

Munlochy IV8 8NZ
J J Gladwin
Sunday 1 September, 2pm - 5pm (2019)
26e
T:01463 811304 office@blackislebeegardendesign.com
A 17th-century lime-washed house is the backdrop to a formal(ish) garden with many fine old trees including an ancient stand of yews. We use sculpted hedges to play with perspective. There is an ice house, vegetable garden, a mound, orchard and two large polytunnels where we grow vegetables biodynamically. We are establishing a nursery where plants attractive to invertebrates are grown. We plant particularly for wildlife so wildflowers and beneficial weeds are encouraged. New beds planted in 2017 along with significant additional planting in the orchard.
Champion Trees: Yew

Directions: From Inverness head four miles north on the A9, and follow the directions for Black Isle Brewery. Park in the brewery car park and you will be given directions in the shop.

Admission: £7.50, children free
Charities: Black Isle Bee Gardens 60%
Highland Liliums

Highland Liliums

10 Loaneckheim, Kiltarlity IV4 7JQ
Neil and Frances Macritchie
Open daily, 9am - 5pm (2019)
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
Oldtown of Leys Garden

Oldtown of Leys Garden

Inverness IV2 6AE
David and Anne Sutherland
Open daily, Dawn - Dusk (2019)
467
T:01463 238238 ams@oldtownofleys.com
Large garden established in 2003 on the outskirts of Inverness and overlooking the town. Herbaceous beds with lovely rhododendron and azalea displays in spring. There are specimen trees, three ponds surrounded by waterside planting and a small woodland area. A new rockery area was created in 2015 and is still developing.

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: Local Charities 60%
Abriachan Garden Nursery

Abriachan Garden Nursery

Loch Ness Side IV3 8LA
Mr and Mrs Davidson
1 February - 30 November, 9am - 7pm (2019)
bc467
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%
Attadale

Attadale

Strathcarron IV54 8YX
Mr Ewen Macpherson
1 April - 31 October, 10am - 5:30pm (2019)
067
T:01520 722603 info@attadalegardens.com
The Gulf Stream, surrounding hills and rocky cliffs, creates 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: £8.00, children £1.00
Charities: Strathcarron Project 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 (2019)
467
T:01470 521206 info@dunvegancastle.com
Five acres of formal gardens dating from the 18th century. In contrast to the barren moorland of Skye, the gardens are an oasis featuring an eclectic mix of plants, woodland glades, shimmering pools fed by waterfalls and streams flowing down to the sea. After the water garden with its ornate bridges and islands replete with a rich and colourful plant variety, wander through the elegant surroundings of the formal round garden. The walled garden is worth a visit to see its colourful herbaceous borders and recently added Victorian-style glasshouse. In what was formerly the castle’s vegetable garden, there is a garden museum and a diverse range of plants and flowers which complement the features including a waterlily pond, a neoclassical urn and a larch pergola. Replanting and landscaping have taken place over the last 30 years to restore and develop the gardens.

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
Glenkyllachy

Glenkyllachy

Tomatin IV13 7YA
Mr and Mrs Philip Mackenzie
1 April - 30 October (Mondays only), 2pm - 5pm (2019)
7
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 newly planted arboretum. Rhododendrons and bulbs flower in May/June, herbaceous plants bloom through July/August. Experience the wildflower meadow in summer and glorious autumn colours from September. Original sculptures and a Highgrove-inspired wall provide year-round interest. As featured on Beechgrove Garden 2018.

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 yeards AFTER the humpback bridge and the sign to Farr.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Marie Curie 60%
Leathad Ard

Leathad Ard

Upper Carloway, Isle of Lewis HS2 9AQ
Rowena and Stuart Oakley
1 May - 28 September (not Sundays), 10am - 6pm (2019)
c47
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 A858 Shawbost-Carloway, first right after Carloway football pitch, and first house on 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%
Balmeanach House

Balmeanach House

Balmeanach, nr Struan, Isle of Skye IV56 8FH
Mrs Arlene Macphie
2 May - 10 October (Mondays & Thursdays), 10:30am - 3pm (2019)
c7
T:01470 572320 info@skye-holiday.com
During the late 1980s, a third-of-an-acre of croft land was fenced in to create a garden. Now there is a glorious herbaceous border, bedding-plants area and a small azalea and rhododendron walk. In addition, there is a woodland dell with fairies, three ponds and a small shrubbery. Lots of seating areas are provided and visitors are welcome to rest, or even picnic, remembering please to take all litter away.

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%
The Lookout

The Lookout

Kilmuir, North Kessock IV1 3ZG
David and Penny Veitch
1 June - 31 August (Sundays only), 12pm - 4pm (2019)
2c
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 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 North Kessock left turn from A9, and third left at roundabout to go on underpass then sharp left onto Kilmuir Road. From Tore, take 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 on the grass in front.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 60%
5 Knott

5 Knott

Clachamish, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9NZ
Brian and Joyce Heggie
27 June - 20 September (Thursdays & Fridays), 2pm - 5pm (2019)
2c6
T:01470 582213 jbheggie@hotmail.co.uk
An informal, organic garden on a gently sloping half-acre site. Perimeter hedging has enabled a sheltered, tranquil oasis to be created. Winding paths meander through densely planted borders filled with a diverse range of perennials, annuals and shrubs. The house overlooks a sheltered bay with regular sightings of otters, sea eagles and harbour porpoises. There is a separate vegetable and herb area with a large polytunnel and raised beds. 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, past the Treaslane sign, look for the red phone box on the right. Turn right on the bend at the signpost for Knott.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Crossroads Care Skye & Lochalsh 60%
Torcroft

Torcroft

Balnain, Glenurquhart IV63 6TJ
Barbara Craig
1 July - 26 August (Mondays only), 2pm - 5pm (2019)
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, cardamine for the orange tip butterflies, a nettle patch, 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. New in 2018 was a stumpery, beds and another pond.

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 right signposted Torcroft Lodges.

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

Old Allangrange

Munlochy IV8 8NZ
J J Gladwin
By arrangement (2019)
6e
T:01463 811304 office@blackislebeegardendesign.com
A 17th-century lime-washed house is the backdrop to a formal(ish) garden with many fine old trees including an ancient stand of yews. We use sculpted hedges to play with perspective. There is an ice house, vegetable garden, a mound, orchard and two large polytunnels where we grow vegetables biodynamically. We are establishing a nursery where plants attractive to invertebrates are grown. We plant particularly for wildlife so wildflowers and beneficial weeds are encouraged. New beds planted in 2017 along with significant additional planting in the orchard.
Champion Trees: Yew

Directions: From Inverness head four miles north on the A9, and follow the directions for Black Isle Brewery. Park in the brewery car park and you will be given directions in the shop.

Admission: £7.50, children free
Charities: Black Isle Bee Gardens 60%
2 Durnamuck

2 Durnamuck

Little Loch Broom, Wester Ross IV23 2QZ
Will Soos and Susan Pomeroy
By arrangement between 1 April - 30 September (2019)
T:01854 633761 sueandwill@icloud.com
Our garden is situated on the edge of Little Loch Broom and is south-east facing. It is a coastal plantsman’s garden with a rich mix of herbaceous borders, trees and shrubs, vegetables, drystone wall planting, South African plants, Mediterranean plants, a wild meadow and stunning views. Many of the plants have been collected from all over the world and growing them in Durnamuck has provided the obvious challenges but with an overall pleasing outcome. We were lucky enough to be featured on Gardeners’ World in 2016 and Garden Magazine and Country Life in 2017.

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: £4.00, children free
Charities: The Aspinall Foundation 60%
Aultgowrie Mill

Aultgowrie Mill

Aultgowrie, Urray, Muir of Ord IV6 7XA
Mr and Mrs John Clegg
By arrangement between 1 April - 1 September (2019)
6
T:01997 433699 john@johnclegg.com
Aultgowrie Mill is an 18th century converted water mill set in gardens, river and woodlands of 13 acres. Features include a wooded island, a half-acre wildflower meadow and a wildlife pond, all with outstanding views of the surrounding hills. The maturing gardens have terraces, lawns, two mixed orchards and raised vegetable beds with glasshouse and a third-of-a-mile river walk. The Beechgrove Garden featured this garden in July 2014.

Directions: From the south, turn left at Muir of Ord Distillery, Aultgowrie Mill is then about three miles. From the north and west, after Marybank Primary School, Aultgowrie Mill is about one-and-a-half miles up the hill.

Admission: £4.50, children free
Charities: RNLI 60%
Glenkyllachy

Glenkyllachy

Tomatin IV13 7YA
Mr and Mrs Philip Mackenzie
By arrangement between 1 April - 30 October (2019)
7
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 newly planted arboretum. Rhododendrons and bulbs flower in May/June, herbaceous plants bloom through July/August. Experience the wildflower meadow in summer and glorious autumn colours from September. Original sculptures and a Highgrove-inspired wall provide year-round interest. As featured on Beechgrove Garden 2018.

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 yeards AFTER the humpback bridge and the sign to Farr.

Admission: £5.00, children free
Charities: Marie Curie 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 (2019)
6e
T:01463 782443 sheila@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%
The Lookout

The Lookout

Kilmuir, North Kessock IV1 3ZG
David and Penny Veitch
By arrangement between 1 April - 30 September (2019)
2c
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 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 North Kessock left turn from A9, and third left at roundabout to go on underpass then sharp left onto Kilmuir Road. From Tore, take 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 on the grass in front.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Alzheimer Scotland 60%
Berryfield House

Berryfield House

Lentran, Inverness IV3 8RJ
Lynda Perch-Nielsen
By arrangement between 24 April - 6 October (2019)
69
T:01463 831346 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 wild flower 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 - 4.2 miles on the left from crossing over the Clachnaharry railway bridge. From Beauly - 1.2 miles on the right from The Old North Inn.

Admission: by donation
Charities: Action Medical Research 60%
5 Knott

5 Knott

Clachamish, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9NZ
Brian and Joyce Heggie
By arrangement between 1 June - 30 September (2019)
6
T:01470 582213 jbheggie@hotmail.co.uk
An informal, organic garden on a gently sloping half-acre site. Perimeter hedging has enabled a sheltered, tranquil oasis to be created. Winding paths meander through densely planted borders filled with a diverse range of perennials, annuals and shrubs. The house overlooks a sheltered bay with regular sightings of otters, sea eagles and harbour porpoises. There is a separate vegetable and herb area with a large polytunnel and raised beds. 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, past the Treaslane sign, look for the red phone box on the right. Turn right on the bend at the signpost for Knott.

Admission: £3.00, children free
Charities: Crossroads Care Skye & Lochalsh 60%
Shanvall

Shanvall

Glentruim, Newtonmore PH20 1BE
George and Beth Alder
By arrangement between 1 June - 31 August (2019)
2
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: £5.00, children free
Charities: Laggan Parish Church: Laggan & Newtonmore 60%