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Old Granary Quoy and The Quoy of Houton

The Quoy of Houton, Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RD
Caroline Critchlow and Colleen Batey
T:01856 811355
Current Openings:
Sunday 2 June, 10am - 4pm (2024)
Admission £8.00, children free.
Nominated charity: FOTNW 60%.
Old Granary Quoy The Quoy of Houton, Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RD (Caroline Critchlow): A newly-planted and designed garden, adjacent to The Quoy of Houton. Fabulous views over Scapa Flow, ponds and a water garden. The home of Orkney perennial geraniums and an extensive range of plants suitable for this exposed coastal location. The lantern greenhouse is a new acquisition featuring an indoor fig tree. Caroline Critchlow has designed award winning gardens and is the resident gardening guru on BBC Radio Orkney.
The Quoy of Houton Orphir, Orkney KW17 2RD (Dr Colleen Batey): An unusual historic walled panoramic garden with 60-foot rill which leads the eye to the spectacular coastal views of Scapa Flow. Carefully planted to withstand winds in excess of 60 mph, with floral interest from March to September. Winner of Gardeners' World Britain’s best challenging garden 2017 and listed in the top ten UK coastal gardens. Featured on Beechgrove and in the book Island Gardens.

Directions: From Orphir take the turning to Houton Ferry at the first junction signed Quoy of Houton, turn right by the car park. Park here and walk 10 minutes along the coastal road around the bay to the gardens. Disabled access please ring to arrange as parking is very limited. The gardens are a 10-minute walk from the bus stop.

Other details: Admission £8.00, or £4.00 per garden, children free. Teas in the lantern greenhouse, bookable in advance, £10.00 per person. T: 01856 811355.

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