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Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum

Delightful mosaic of sheltered lakes, open moorland and parkland.

  • 4.8

  • from 209 Google reviews

A group of bushes in a garden at Glenwhan Gardens
A group of bushes in a garden at Glenwhan Gardens

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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 209 Google reviews

Loretta Williamson

4 months ago


Hidden gem...beautiful gardens, with paths meandering through them with unexpected little quirky features along the way. Great tearoom too. Views over Luce Bay are amazing.

Margaret Oxby

7 months ago


Return visit this month was so special. First time back since we moved away. Just loved it. Colours of plants and shrubs fantastic. Did country trail and never seen so many bluebells it was stunning. Friendly family run gardens. They are always there for advice and chat. Thoroughly recommend a visit.

Eric Thomson

4 months ago


A great garden spread over 12 acres with a woodland/moor walk out the back. Lots of established trees and cool wee nooks of rhodies and herbaceous borders. 6 bucks entry is about right.

David Stuart

4 months ago


An extraordinary garden created over the past 4 decades by an exceptional talented horticultural and artistic visionary lady called Tessa. A must see garden as it is Scotlands best kept secret! I shall visit again.

Des Wray

7 months ago


Cafe very nice home made cakes excellent. The garden has to be seen. Variety of plants second to none. To see and appreciate it all you need best part of a day. Will certainly re visit.

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01581 400222

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