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Brief description of site

The Botanic Garden comprises successive waves of planting from the early-19th century onwards and features renowned collections of conifers and rhododendrons as well as Bhutanese and Chilean rainforest species. The mid-19th-century walled garden is now a formal garden housing a collection of ornamental conifers.

Brief history of site

Benmore Botanic Garden is part of a once larger estate that was developed from 1820 with the commencement of forestry planting. The Forestry Commission now manages most of this land as the Argyll Forest Park.

Location information:

Address: Benmore Botanic Garden, Dunoon, Argyll, PQ23 8QU

Locality: Uig

Local Authorities:

Argyll & Bute

Historical County: Argyllshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 62 Grid Ref: NS 143855
Latitude: 56.0263 Longitude: -4.98152


Benmore is accessible by public transport. There is an all inclusive day ticket from Strathclyde Passenger Transport (ring 0141 332 6811)

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open daily from March to October.

Key information:

Form of site: botanic garden

Purpose of site: botanic garden

Context or principal building: education

Site first created: After 1820

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 50

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