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Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Opening in aid of Maggie’s Centres and Scotland’s Gardens Scheme’s beneficiaries

Holywood, Dumfries, DG2 0RW

Open Days -  Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October 2023

Timeslots: 10am – 1pm; 2pm - 5pm


If you do not require a car parking ticket, but would like additional adult admission tickets ie: you are travelling with someone else or by bike, please contact for assistance.

If you would like to join the waiting list, you can do so through the booking portal below:



We are delighted to be opening Portrack again this year and are, once again, excited to offer the garden to visitors at a different time of year. 

Before booking, please read and note the following carefully:

  •  Visitors may only enter with a pre-booked ticket, including a car parking ticket.  Please do not turn up without booking as parking is limited and we would hate to turn you away.

  • Ticket prices:
    - Adult ticket - £15
    - One Adult with Car Parking - £17
    - Children under 16 are free, but must be accompanied by a ticket-holding adult at all times.

  • Ticket(s) may not be resold, are strictly non-refundable and cannot be exchanged

  • Please note that parking is in a grassy field, not on hard standing. Access may be muddy and uneven.

  • Car parking tickets are for cars only; unfortunately we cannot admit larger vehicles such as long wheel-base camper vans or buses parking in the site.

  • There are two time slots available: 10am - 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. We ask that you only come in the time slot that you booked and that if you are coming in the morning, that you leave the garden by 1pm to allow us to prepare for the afternoon visitors.  Likewise if you are coming for the 2pm slot, please do not arrive early.  Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Please be aware that the garden is undergoing remedial and renovation work, especially in the areas known as the DNA Garden and around the Universe Cascade. We apologise in advance and ask you to be aware of this so that you are not disappointed. There are also new areas of planting and design details for you to enjoy,

  • There will be no refreshments sold within the garden this year so please feel free to bring a picnic with you, but please do take your rubbish away with you.

  • Dogs on leads are welcome and please take your poo bags away with you.

  • Toilets will be available in the car parking field, not in the garden itself.

  • Disabled access is unfortunately very limited this time as we only have parking available in a field for this smaller event.  We are also unable to provide disabled toilets this time.

  • The garden reserves the right to refuse admission to any ticket holder and in the interest of the public and for safety reasons, we also reserve the right to request guests to leave the garden at any time.

Portrack House ? Ming Thein ©Ming Thein
Portrack House  ©Ming Thein