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Crarae Garden

  • 4.6

  • from 348 Google reviews

A group of bushes in a garden
A group of bushes in a garden

Crarae Gardens - - 1521682 by Kenneth Mallard. CC BY-SA 2.0

About the garden

Tranquil woodland garden with Himalayan plants and tumbling waterfalls.

Opening times

GARDEN 4 Jan - 23 Dec, daily, 9.30 - dusk 24 Dec - 3 Jan, closed 4 Jan - 31 Jan, daily, 9.30 - dusk VISITOR CENTRE 26 Mar - 31 Aug, daily, 10.00 - 16.00 1 Sep - 30 Sep, Thu - Mon, 10.00 - 16.00 1 Oct - 31 Mar, closed CAFÉ 26 Mar - 31 Aug, daily, 10.00 - 16.30 1 Sep - 31 Oct, Thu - Mon, 10.00 - 16.30 1 Nov - 31 Mar, closed

Useful details

Garden area

50 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Argyll and Bute, PA32 8YA

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Crarae Garden
Argyll and Bute
PA32 8YA
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 348 Google reviews


8 months ago


Beautiful gardens with a choice of trails to follow. The rhododendron are stunning and there is something interesting around very corner. Spent 2 lovely hours here enjoying the sunshine. Friendly staff in the cafe.

Yvonne Overell

8 months ago


Small glorious garden run by National Trust for Scotland. Loved it here and well worth the visit. But do watch out for it as entrance easy to miss.

Mark Poley

8 months ago


Fabulous gardens. Operated by the Scottish National Trust, it's free to visit for members of any National Trust from the British Commonwealth Counties. The Azaleas and Rhododendrons are stunning in Sring and last into late May. There's a café in the Reception building for a light bite, teas coffee and cake. The gardens are set on the side of a hill with a stream tumbling down below three bridges. So there are quite a few steps and uneven slopes to walk up. There are a few marked walks to chose from for varying lengths and difficulty. Though we just took which ever path we fancied as we went along and that worked well for us and felt like more of an adventure than following a set route. There are some information boards in the café which are worth reading first, and small information boards dotted around the gardens. Allow a couple of hours to make the most of your visit. 😎👍


a year ago


We visited in December which obviously isn't the best time for a garden but they allowed access which was nice, even though there were no staff on site and the cafe was closed.

Pat Beeby

a year ago


Beautiful gardens perhaps seen at its best in May/June when the rhododendrons are in flower, or later in the year for the autumn colours. No really steep climbs but good walking shoes should be worn for the higher paths. Allow for 2-3 hours.

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01546 886614

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