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Glenwhan Gardens & Arboretum

Delightful mosaic of sheltered lakes, open moorland and parkland.

  • 4.7

  • from 232 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

  • 4.7

  • from 232 Google reviews

Julie Mills

in the last week


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!

Nick Toms

3 weeks 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.

Rosemary Barclay

4 weeks ago


Fab day at gardens and excellent lunch in tea shop. Really interesting layout with lots of colour. Friendly staff and good veggie food. Less formal than Logan Botanics down the road. Don't miss if in the area.

Gordon Wemyss

2 weeks ago


Beautiful gardens especially just now when the Rhododendrons are out. It's like a gigantic private garden but with a lochan in the middle and then on a steep slope and all the better for it. Plus fabulous home baking in the cafe.

Jonathan Mills

in the last week


Amazing well developed gardens. Great at any time of year. Nice cafe and plant sales too.

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01581 400222

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