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  • 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 , Garraron

    Arduaine Gardens are situated on a headland overlooking the Asknish Bay and are influenced by the Gulf Stream. The gardens contain a nationally renowned collection of rhododendrons, many of them tender, as well as a host of other shrubs and woodland and water-loving perennials.

    Arduaine Gardens , Argyll - aerial view Arduaine Gardens , Argyll - aerial view

  • Scotland , Kyle of Lochalsh

    The designed landscape of Balmacara House lies on an unspoilt coastal site. The woodland garden associated with Lochalsh House contains a collection of rhododendrons and acid-loving shrubs under a canopy of largely deciduous trees. The estate is run as a highland crofting estate.

    Balmacara, Kyle, Ross-shire. Lochalsh Woodland Garden  4 Balmacara, Kyle, Ross-shire. Lochalsh Woodland Garden 4

  • Scotland , Perth

    The early-20th-century garden at Branklyn House developed into one of national significance because of its renowned plant collections, many of them built up from seed brought back from plant hunting expeditions. The garden is on a sloping site and consists of rock and scree gardens and shrubs beds, with a wealth of dwarf rhododendrons, alpines, herbaceous and peat-garden plants.

    Branklyn Garden, Perth, Meconopsis Branklyn Garden, Perth, Meconopsis

  • Scotland , Isle of Arran

    Brodick Castle has a magnificent setting on the east shore of the Isle of Arran with views to the mainland. The estate runs from seashore to mountaintop and comprises 18th- and 19th-century parkland, woodland walks with waterfalls, a formal walled garden and informal woodland gardens. The walled garden holds a wide variety of plants, many of them tender.

    Brodick Castle, Arran. Sundial. Brodick Castle, Arran. Sundial.

  • Scotland , Dyke

    The structure of the original early-18th-century designed landscape with its radiating avenues is well-preserved. The early-18th-century lake survives although it has lost its formal shape. There is an early-18th-century walled garden, a mid-19th-century shubbery and woodland walks with a renowned collection of daffodils that was started in the late-19th century.

    Brodie Castle, Morayshire. Daffodils Brodie Castle, Morayshire. Daffodils

  • Scotland , Edinburgh

    Cammo has a strong early-18th-century landscape structure surrounding a country seat. This provided an enduring landscape framework despite later remodelling and the lack of 20th-century management. Parts of avenues, a roundel planting and some woodland survive from the original scheme.

  • Scotland , Inverurie

    The designed landscape around the 16th-century castle was laid out between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries following plans drawn up by Thomas White. Further improvements were made in the mid- to late-20th century. The policies comprise parkland, woodland and a walled kitchen garden.

    Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire. Border and high wall Castle Fraser, Aberdeenshire. Border and high wall

  • Scotland , Leochel Cushnie

    The present form of the grounds around the 17th-century castle dates from the late-18th and early-19th centuries and includes a distinctive beech avenue in the parkland. Further planting, in particular an arboretum of ornamental conifers, was added at the end of the 19th century. A kitchen garden associated with the Mains has ornamental and productive plantings.

    Craigievar Castle.  Daffodils and castle Craigievar Castle. Daffodils and castle

  • Scotland , Kirkoswald

    The late-18th-century Culzean Castle perches on a rocky promontory above the sea, surrounded by a park and formal gardens. The formal terraces are planted with perennials and sub-shrubs, many of them tender. There is a deer park created in the mid- to late-19th century and a woodland garden from the same period with a collection of conifers. The policies contain an artificial lake and a mid-18th-century walled garden, approached by an avenue of lime trees. The country park includes walks along the seashore.

    Culzean Castle. Terrace with pool and fountain Culzean Castle. Terrace with pool and fountain

  • Scotland , Kirkoswald

    The mid-18th-century walled garden at Culzean Castle is situated one kilometre from the house and protected from salt-laden winds by tree planting. It is divided in two by a central wall and has ornamental gates dated 1786. In one section there are restored glasshouses, ornamental plantings and an early-20th-century grotto. Some fruit, vegetables and flowers for cutting are grown in the other section, which is distinguished by double herbaceous borders running the full length of the garden.

    Part/component of: Culzean Castle

    Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire. Scotland. The Walled Garden. Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire. Scotland. The Walled Garden.

  • Scotland , Peterculter

    The original designed landscape of Drum Castle was established at the end of the 18th century and incorporated the church and the Old Forest of Drum. Most of the extant parkland layout and planting dates from the 19th century, although some original trees remain on the drive. There is a late-19th-century arboretum with interesting conifers, a small 20th-century water garden and a restored walled garden.

    Drum Castle NT Scotland - aerial view Drum Castle NT Scotland - aerial view

  • Scotland , Falkland

    The mid-20th-century gardens at Falkland Palace comprise terraced gardens around the Palace, partly on the site of 16th- and 17th-century terraces. An orchard remains on its original site, and there is also a water garden. The terrace known as the pleasure grounds has a herbaceous border 180 metres long and island beds planted with shrubs, small trees and perennials enclosing a glade.

    Falkland Palace NT Scotland. Herbaceous border. Falkland Palace NT Scotland. Herbaceous border.

  • Scotland , Fyvie

    The present park and policies are a good example of a late-18th-century design that was modified in the early-19th century and little changed since. The layout includes an artificial loch and a walled garden in three sections. There was some woodland planting in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

    Fyvie Castle NT Scotland. Boathouse. Fyvie Castle NT Scotland. Boathouse.

  • Scotland , Ellon

    The house, former deer park and current Country Park are set within the wider Haddo Estate. Features include walks, lakes and a terraced garden.

    Haddo House, NT Scotland. Long view to house. Haddo House, NT Scotland. Long view to house.

  • Scotland , Cupar

    The designed landscape at Hill of Tarvit comprises late-18th- and early-19th-century parkland, a walled garden with mixed shrub and herbaceous planting and early-20th-century formal terraced gardens. The terraced gardens feature topiary buttresses and cones and incorporate a sunken rose garden.

    Hill of Tarvit, NT Scotland. Steps and terraces. Hill of Tarvit, NT Scotland. Steps and terraces.

  • Scotland , Montrose

    The designed landscape at the House of Dun dates from the mid-19th century, although the parkland was laid out earlier. The gardens comprise formal terraces with a box parterre, a walled garden and Lady Augusta's Walk. The structure of an 18th-century walled garden survives next to the remains of Duns Castle and the parkland has a line of Wellingtonias dating from the mid-19th century.

    House of Dun NT Scotland. House and flower  beds in lawn. House of Dun NT Scotland. House and flower beds in lawn.

  • Scotland , Linlithgow

    The original layout of the mid-18th- to mid-19th-century designed landscape at the House of the Binns remains today. Well-preserved parkland surrounds the house on all sides. There is also a woodland walk on a hill with views to the Firth of Forth. A small formal parterre and early-19th-century grass terraces are associated with the house, and the structure of the walled garden remains.

  • Scotland , Londubh

    Set on the shore of Loch Ewe, the late-19th-century gardens at Inverewe are influenced by the Gulf Stream and comprise a world renowned walled garden on the seashore and a woodland garden developed on a rocky promontory. The gardens contain remarkable collections of rare and tender exotic trees and shrubs, as well as native plants. There are also informal waterside plantings and many woodland perennials in the woodland garden. Ornamental gardens around the house have been further developed in the 20th century.

    Inverewe Gardens, Olearia Inverewe Gardens, Olearia

  • Scotland , Anstruther

    The estate at Kellie Castle is a remnant of a larger estate sold off in 1769. There are shelterbelts, a tree-lined drive and a 19th-century pond, but the main feature of the gardens is the 17th- and 18th-century walled garden, which was redesigned in the late-19th century by Sir Robert Lorimer. It is divided into compartments, following an earlier design, and these are further divided by trellises covered in climbing plants. The garden grows a profusion of fruit, flowers and vegetables and is managed organically.

    Kellie Castle. NT Scotland. Bee bole. Kellie Castle. NT Scotland. Bee bole.