The South Rhins of Galloway enjoy a maritime, largely frost free climate, and because of this, we're fortunate to have some of the finest gardens in Scotland on our doorstep, growing tender and exotic plants not usually found this far north. Approximate distance to each garden from Port Logan is shown in brackets.
Tip! The 'Galloway Gardens Scheme' is a passport scheme which gives a discount on garden admission prices. Pick up a passport at any participating garden and enjoy discounted entry at others. Visit them all and be inspired!
|Logan Botanic Garden (2 miles)
Port Logan, Nr Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway, DG9 9ND | 01776 860231
If you only visit one garden when visiting the South Rhins of Galloway, it should be Logan Botanic Garden. A regional outpost of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, the plants on display have to be seen to be believed. The gardens showcase rare and tender plants from the Southern Hemisphere and Mediterranean, which have thrived in the temperate climate of Port Logan. There is something to see at all times of the year. In spring the rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias dazzle, in summer, swathes of agapanthus, species fuchsias and gladiolus cardinalis sparkle, and in the autumn, the 'other worldly' gunnera is at it's most majestic. There is a super cafe, gift shop and plant sales.
Open daily from March until the end of September
Admission £6 for adults, concessions for children and pensioners
Also open on Sundays in February for the snowdrops (highly recommended as admission is free!).
|Logan House Gardens (3 miles)
Port Logan, DG9 9ND | 07775625237
Adjacent to the Logan Botanic Gardens, these beautiful gardens boast a breathtaking avenue of our favourite tree, Araucaria Araucana, otherwise known as the monkey puzzle tree. This alone makes a regular visit mandatory for us! But Logan House has other attractions including a staggering 21 'champion trees', and a spring rhododendron display to rival all others. With rolling lawns and tranquil woods, this is a perfect garden to loose yourself in for an afternoon and make believe it is yours!
Open daily from March until the end of September.
Admission £4 (you'll need change as payment is by a coin meter).
|Ardwell Gardens (4 miles)
Ardwell, DG9 9LX | 01776 860 227
Just outside the village of Ardwell, about 2 miles from Port Logan, are Ardwell Gardens. Unspoilt and idyllic, the gardens burst into life in spring with carpets of nodding daffodils - a sight to lift those post winter blues. A few weeks later, the deciduous woodlands are carpeted with blue bells, making the most of spring sunshine before the leaf canopy establishes itself. Spring highlights include mature rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas. The walk around the large pond is highly recommended - the waterside planting is informal and lush, and there are stunning views over Luce Bay.
Open daily from March until the end of October.
Admission £3 for adults, £2 for concession
|Glenwhan Gardens (13 miles)
Dunragit, by Stranraer DG9 8PH | 01581 400 222
12 acres of heaven on earth! It's hard to believe that 30 years ago there was just wild moorland and a couple of bogs! We were lucky enough to visit this garden soon after it opened and have been regular visitors ever since and have watched this garden grow into something very special. It has everything: rare trees, tender and exotic shrubs, sculpture, glorious ponds, imaginative planting with year round interest, and miles of winding paths to explore with plenty of benches provided to sit and enjoy it all. Our favourite spot has to be the bench at the highest point in the garden where you can sit and take in the view across the ponds and gardens. On a clear day you can make out Muldaddie Hill across Luce Bay!
Plus there's a splendid cafe with home made cakes and delicious lunches, and plant sales.
Open daily! The cafe closes at the end of September but the gardens remain open with an honesty box.
Admission £4 for adults and £2 for concessions.
Dogs welcome on a lead.
|Dunskey Garden (15 miles)
Portpatrick, Stranraer, DG9 8TJ| 01776 810 211
The gardens at Dunskey are exquisite and well worth a visit. The walled garden has an intimate feel and is traditionally laid out with gravel paths and lawns which set off the shrub and plant borders. There is a lovely semi formal pond and on our most recent visit, this was being visited by dragonflies. The jewel in these gardens is undoubtedly, the restored 19th-century glasshouses which showcase peaches, nectarines, vines and exotics, and you really do feel like you have stepped back in time when you go inside these buildings from a bygone age The adjacent woodland gardens have a completely different feel to the walled garden and are wonderfully informal with rhododendrons blooming alongside carpets of bluebells in spring and early summer, and wild flowers taking advantage of the rich soil and protective shade underneath the trees. There is a tea room with uniquely decorated walls, and a gift shop and plant sales.
Open Easter to October. Also weekends in February.
|Castle Kennedy Gardens (16 miles)
Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, DG9 8SL | 01776 702 024
No visit to Scotland is complete until you've visited a romantic ruin, and Castle Kennedy Gardens ticks all the boxes in this respect! These grand and historic gardens were originally laid out in the early eighteenth century around the already ruined Castle Kennedy by the 2nd Earl of Stair, and were added to one hundred years later by the 10th Earl who built Lochinch Castle and its gardens at the other end. Comprising 75 acres, so you need a full day to explore; the gardens are internationally famous for their species rhododendrons, including many of Sir Joseph Hooker's original introductions from his Himalayan expedition. There are many examples of UK, Scottish and Regional champion trees, and spectacular summer and autumn displays of flowering perennials in the herbaceous walled gardens. There is a cafe and a gift shop and the estate hosts a wide variety of activities throughout the year including guided walks, ranger lead activities and an open air theatre. To check what is happening during your visit, visit their website.
Open weekends in February and March, daily from 1st April to 31st October
£5.50 and £4.50 for concessions though you can by tickets on line at a discount.
|Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of our knowledge. Opening times can change and a garden may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the garden before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website - we'd hate you to drive there and find the gates closed!|