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Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum

Delightful mosaic of sheltered lakes, open moorland and parkland.

  • 4.8

  • from 288 Google reviews

A lake with a blue boat house and surrounded by trees
A lake with a blue boat house and surrounded by trees

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About the garden

Discover a garden hewn from the Scottish moorlands - with plants suited to more southern climes, warmed by the Gulf Stream. The two lakes or ‘lochans’ are strikingly beautiful, planted with native Flag Iris and Water Lilies, and set into a landscape that is enhanced by the flowering of Azaleas and Rhododendrons. Explore beyond these pools and you’ll find 17 acres of moorland, where there are over 100 species of wildflower, grasses and ferns growing along the winding paths. This is an unusual landscape - a beautiful mosaic of natural and planted patches which are tastefully woven together to create a colourful show throughout the seasons.

Visitors will be delighted by the sea views from high points in the garden, which take in the Isle of Man, Mull of Galloway and Luce Bay, while sculptures are nestled in the greenery to provide additional visual interest along the paths. There is a small but packed nursery and a popular tea room that sells delicious homemade soups and home-baked goods.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Glenwhan Gardens and Arboretum.

Opening times

Year Round Every Day 10AM - 5PM

Useful details

Garden area

20 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8PH

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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 288 Google reviews

Julie Mills

4 months ago


This is a true favourite, an expertly designed garden that you can visit through the seasons. Also there is a lovely 1mile walk around the top of the garden through the moor - don't miss this little gem like we did on our first visit. Highly recommended. Sweet tea room and friendly staff. The cakes look absolutely wonderful!

Steven Wyllie

2 weeks ago


Beautiful gardens here. Absolutely worth popping along to see. We did it on a clear sunny day and it was stunning. If you head up towards the top there is a pagoda that offers views straight across the coast to the Mull of Galloway and Isle of Man. It is 6.50 per adult to get in, and the tea room looked nice (lots of cakes) although we didn't stop in.

Nick Toms

5 months ago


Great garden. Well laid out so that even when busy, it doesn't feel busy. Great example of what you can do with a variety of South Scottish landscapes. Tea Room is also worth a visit. You can pop in even if you don't intend to visit the garden. Will definitely be visiting again.

Eric Pepper

a month ago


We loved the peace a quiet of these gardens. It was so nice to go from seat to seat and feel in harmony with nature. Lots of interesting plants to see too. Small enough to be different and large enough to stay for at least half a day.

evelyn lyall

a month ago


This place is stunning. The gardens are just beautiful.They are the vision and work of one woman ,which make them more amazing. There are so many pathways to discover and always something to notice around every corner. There are so many plant and tree specimens most of which are marked so you can view them on 2 marked trails.Hhere is also a wheelchair accessible route. There is a tearoom serving lovely coffee,cakes and lunches.

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01581 400222

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