The castle gardens are a blaze of yellows with varieties of narcissus in the spring, followed by bluebells in May. Rhododendrons and azaleas abound and flower from April to June and the newly restored rose garden is a mass of pinks in late June and July. Very fine specimens of Cedrus deodara
, Sequoiadendron giganteum
(Wellingtonia), Cryptomeria japonica
, Taxus baccata
and others thrive in the damp climate. The Flag-Borders on each side of the main drive with paths in the shape of Scotland's national flag, the St Andrew's Cross, are outstanding in spring with Prunus
'Ukon' and P. subhirtella
and are underplanted with rhododendrons, eucryphias, shrubs and herbaceous plants giving interest all year.
Inveraray is 60 miles north of Glasgow and 45 miles from Oban. Regular bus services from Glasgow, Oban and Campbeltown. SatNav PA32 8XF.
Tearoom and shop on site. Free parking with castle and garden entrance. Pre-booking via website recommended. Tours with the Head Gardener can be arranged in advance. Only assistance dogs within the castle and garden. Please check the website for opening days (currently shut Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and times, further information and accessibility. www.inveraray-castle.com