Gardens and estates across Scotland are reopening this week after closures due to Covid-19.
The National Trust For Scotland, which looks after some of the countries most beautiful castles and gardens, have announced that many of their outdoor green spaces will be preparing to open again from July 6th!
With family favourites like Culzean Country Park in Ayrshire and Crathes Castle Gardens in Banchory opening plus the 5 mile limit for travel being eased, it’s safe to say we are thrilled to be able to take a stroll in beautiful Scottish gardens.
Please check opening times for each property online in advance of travel and avoid visiting at peak times. Some properties will require advance booking so please check the National Trust for Scotlamd website in advance. Please adhere to social distancing rules and be mindful of traveling to rural communities. A handy guide on what to expect when visiting the properties can be found here.
Culzean Country Park, Ayrshire
With 120 hectares of woodland and 17 miles of pathways, this country park in Ayrshire is the ideal place for a long walk in nature.
Open Thursday to Monday with a pre-booking system in place. Get full details here.
Threave Garden, Dumfries and Galloway
The world famous Threave Garden boasts stunning views over the Galloway Hills and the Ken/Dee valley plus Scotland’s only bat reserve! Once you have explored the flourishing gardens, you may be lucky enough to spot birds of prey including peregrine falcons and red kites over the wetlands nature reserve.
Open Thursday to Monday with a pre-booking system in place.
Crathes Castle Garden, Banchory
The Crathes Castle Walled Garden is bursting with colour and features rose, fountains, unusual plants and so much more. Some of the iconic yew hedges were planted back as far as 1702 – a must see!
Craigievar Castle Grounds, Aberdeenshire
This famous pink castle is said to have been the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella castle! Take a stroll through the gardens and surrounding woodland and you may be lucky enough to spot a rare pine martin.
Malleny Garden, Balerno
On the outskirts of Edinburgh, the oasis of Malleny Garden is bursting with colour and features 150 different varieties of roses. It’s the ideal spot for a peaceful stroll.