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  • Scotland , Galashiels

    The early-19th-century house at Abbotsford is set on steep grass terraces overlooking the River Tweed. There are three courtyard gardens attached to it. One is a sloping walled garden, with wide herbaceous borders and a gothic conservatory. There is surviving early-19th-century parkland and woodland on the estate.

    Abbotsford, Melrose, Scotland. (1995) Screen. Abbotsford, Melrose, Scotland. (1995) Screen.

  • Scotland , Crieff

    The structure of the late-18th-century and early-19th-century designed landscape at Abercairny remains largely intact. There is parkland with specimen trees, a re-stocked early-19th-century flower garden and a mid-19th-century arboretum. Statuary and other ornamentation is a feature of the gardens.

  • Scotland , Aberdour

    The gardens and grounds of Aberdour Castle contain the remains of 16th-century gardens including the reconstructed terraces. A 17th-century walled garden, once the site of a bowling green, is now planted with herbaceous borders. Subsequent alterations were made in the mid- to late-18th century and 20th century. The estate also incorporates 17th-century Aberdour House which became the main residence after the castle was destroyed by fire in the early-18th century. The grounds have been encroached on by residential development.

  • Scotland , Comrie

    The designed landscape at Aberuchill was laid out in the 19th century and has remained similar in layout since then. There is well-preserved parkland, a lime avenue with trees from an earlier layout, a shrubbery and a terraced walled garden. The structure of an early-20th-century rock garden survives on the banks of the Aberuchill Burn in the policies.

  • Scotland , Ardminish

    The designed landscape at Achamore House is known for its mid- to late-20th-century woodland garden which is divided into many separate areas with distinct characters. These gardens house renowned collections of rhododendrons, azaleas and other ornamental trees and shrubs, many of them from sub-tropical regions. There is also a walled garden.

    Achamore House, Gigha Garden Achamore House, Gigha Garden

  • Scotland , Fort William

    The mid-19th-century designed landscape at Achnacarry comprises parkland, a woodland garden and a terraced garden. There is a remnant of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest in the policies as well as several other notable trees. The Clan Cameron museum is open during the season.

  • Scotland , Connel

    The garden and house at Achnacloich were laid out and built in the mid-19th century on a headland on the shores of Loch Etive. The estate comprises grazed parkland, formal terraces, a walled kitchen garden and a woodland garden with a series of artificial ponds. Plantings include species rhododendrons and shrubs suited to the Gulf Stream climate.

  • Scotland , Alyth

    The designed landscape at Airlie Castle consists of late-19th-century formal gardens, a natural gorge with deciduous woodland of varying ages and a wild garden planted with ornamental shrubs. The formal garden lies partly within a late-18th-century walled garden and contains topiary hedges and a sloping parterre of box.

  • Scotland , Stirling

    The designed landscape at Airthley Castle has been developed as a university campus since 1967 and incorporates features of the late-18th- and early-19th-century designed landscape. These include the artificial lake laid out by Thomas White, wooded areas and some parkland trees. Late-19th-century conifer plantings also survive.

  • Scotland , Inverness

    This is a Picturesque, multi-phase castle, gardens and parkland with a fine tree collection. The site is important for its association with the artist Mary Seton Watts, and the influence of the early-20th-century crafts revival.

  • Scotland , Stirling

    All that remains of the designed landscape at Alloa House is the gatepiers on Broad Street and a section of lime avenue leading down to the estuary. The house no longer stands.

  • Scotland , Haddington

    The remains of the mid-18th-century Amisfield Park lie immediately east of the town of Haddington. The house was demolished in 1924 and the parkland is now occupied by Haddington Golf Club. The walled garden is currently undergoing restoration.

    Amisfield Mains Farm Amisfield Mains Farm

  • Scotland , Easdale

    An Cala is a small mid-20th-century plantsman's garden created on steep ground with views over an island-studded seascape. It is surrounded by hedges, woodland and walls and comprises formal terraces, a terraced rose garden enclosed by yew hedges, streamside plantings and woodland gardens.

  • Scotland , Irvine

    The grounds at Annick Lodge are a relatively well-preserved example of a small 18th-century 'ferme ornee', designed to combine a working farm and ornamental features. Although encroached on by development, the estate still includes attractive 18th-century parkland with avenues along the river and drive, and an overgrown walled garden with 17th-century gate piers.

  • Scotland , Kirkbean

    The designed landscape at Arbigland contains features from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The structure of the pre-1745 octagonal kitchen garden survives with an axis leading to a view of the highest Lake District peak. There is 18th-century parkland and deciduous woodland planted from the 19th century onwards. The woodland garden has a broad grass walk through it, a pond and an early-20th-century Japanese garden. There is a sunken rose garden dating from the same period and further developments in the later 20th century.

  • Scotland , Laurencekirk

    The multi-use estate at Arbuthnott includes parkland, woodland and a garden with a distinctive structure on a sloping site. There are four formal terraces criss-crossed by diagonal grass paths, laid out in the 17th century. Some contemporary topiary remains but the planting dates mostly from the early-19th century. The so-called Dark Avenue in the parkland has been replanted but dates originally from the 17th century.

  • Scotland , Dirleton

    Archerfield House has been developed as a conference venue and golf course, but the basic layout of the 18th-century designed landscape remains intact. Sensitive restoration of the house and landscape has included the replanting of earlier features such as avenues.

  • Scotland , Kilchrenan

    The designed landscape at Ardanaiseig comprises parkland, woodland, formal grass terraces and a productive mid-19th-century walled garden. It is particularly noted for the woodland gardens developed largely in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. They feature many trees and shrubs planted under conifers or in glades, including a notable rhododendron collection. After a period of neglect the gardens are being brought back to life. Ardanaiseig is presently (2014) a hotel.

  • Scotland , Achnaba

    The site at Ardchattan Priory lies on the north shore of Loch Etive and incorporates the ruins of the 13th-century priory. The designed landscape was improved in the 17th century and a few trees remain from that time. The policies were extended in the late-19th century and the present gardens were created during the 20th century. They comprise herbaceous and shrub borders, a rockery, a rose garden and a woodland garden with a wide variety of small trees and shrubs.

  • Scotland , Clovullin

    Ardgour House a piend-roofed three-storey, five-bay block, was built in 1765. The principal approach is from Clovullin, where an entrance drive leads north-west of the school. South of the house, a broad swathe of parkland forms a contrast with rougher grazed pasture beyond. The parkland trees are fine specimens of lime, oak, and horse chestnut. To the east of the House is an area of over-mature ornamental planting, surrounded to the north, east and south by the entrance drives, with the House to the west. The planting includes monkey-puzzle, and large leafed Rhododendrons.